It's so difficult for me to keep on the weight, eating a ketogenic diet. Not necessarily by choice. Various aspects of my health kind of pushed me into a corner.
Mold in the home, mold in me, impaired gut function, etc.
It's the best way for me to stay fed, without feeding any conditions et bringing on unfavorable symptoms.
I've tried a lot to get better. I'll try more, somehow.
But, yeah. Tons of calories. Upwards of 3,000, sometimes. That's me trying to gain a couple pounds. I'm a small guy, too. I haven't been terribly active, with school et slim bank account (I'm not motivated to workout, unless I can go to a gym or something - the home is not a good environment for me).
My RDI is something like 2100 calories on a normal day, according to various calculators. I'd be skin and bones on that.
I've questioned the possibility of poor absorption, infectious processes speeding up my metabolism, requiring more intake of me, but I kind of feel like it's just the nature of the diet. You're meant to lose weight. Whereas, periods where I have been able to take in things like sweet potatoes and certain beans, I'd start to notice my stomach getting fluffy after just a few days.
Your brain needs glucose, but it finds a way, even with the fewest of carbs. I forget the science. I really should know.
I've wondered if the protein and fats in excess are strains to my liver (gallbladder) et kidneys, or brain (ammonia), but it's the duller side of the sword, I guess.
I can't say I feel bad from eating this way, except from a psychological standpoint. I like apples. I like watermelon. I like bread. I like squashes. Yams. Beans. Certain rices.
I'll never go back to the majority of processed foods, things from a box, corn syrup, cane sugar, whatever, unless a day comes where the damage can be reversed almost completely, but I feel like the landscape is just too unlike what it used to be.
My gut biome, you'd call it, I guess. A shift of axis has occurred. It's such a complex thing, right? At face value, at least. Maybe there exist tests that can determine what the populations of your flora look like, which could thereby help a knowledgeable physician determine what exactly could be done to tip the scales?
What makes it difficult is the matter of access, the answers not being in plain sight, etc. Apply that to most problems in life, I guess. Put the puzzles together, in our own ways, while the world falls to place, I guess.
Do the work, be the prize.