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I think I've been in keto (not really sure how to use that word) for over a month now.  Before that I had taken 10 days off while staying with brother.  Before that I believe keto for about a month.  So far I've lost around 24lb.

 

I was looking on-line to try to see if I should come off diet a before my cruise in 2 weeks.  I know when I was at my brothers I didn't feel the best while there and was wondering if it had anything to do with coming off diet.

 

Well, while looking it does talk about trying to come off slow because of side effects.  I was wondering if anyone out there could pass on any advise on that front.

 

Also, and this is where I'm freaking out, the article I read discussed hair loss.  I have been thinking my hair was feeling thinner over the past two weeks.  I want to get my hair colored before the cruise and have been watching the roots growing out.  What do any of you know about this?  Has it happened to any of you?  Am I now going to be able to go back on my diet when I get back from the cruise?  Should I not get hair colored in case it causes more hair loss?  Once I start eating carbs again will it grow back?  WILL IT GROW BACK 😫 ?

 

(I once took a medication that caused me to loose 1/2 my hair but the benefits were such that I didn't care and it did mostly grow back) 

 

 Please help.  I am really freaking out.

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Hi JasonMom, 

 

I have not done strict Keto myself but one of my colleagues has been and has been in Ketosis for 2 months. She did notice hair loss as a result of the diet and said that it is a known side effect. She has thin hair to begin with due to meds she takes for Lupus so she said her hair loss was minimal but definitely noticeable. I asked her if it will grow back when she stops the diet and she said maybe, but she's not sure. 

 

She also went off the diet for her 22nd wedding anniversary - they went out for Chinese food a couple months back and she was very ill - tummy problems for days. So If you have been strict, I would try to ease out of ketosis a week before the cruise if you don't plan to stay true Keto, or you may spend half your cruise in the loo!

 

Sorry, I can't offer any more help. I do a low carb but not strict enough to be actual Keto.

 

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As losing weight is only about calories in vs calories out, if a nutrition plan has negative side effects on you use a different one. Everything else is not healthy and a huge warning sign of your body that something is not okay. 

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Hi, I've been keto since Oct 2012 and re the hair loss it's very common as the body goes into shock with the rapid withdrawal of carbs and your hair stops growing. About three to four months in you feel like your loosing your hair but it's actually the new growth pushing the old dead growth out.   My hair fell out alarmingly around Feb 2013 but when I went to the Dr she could see all the baby hairs growing through.

As for going off keto on your cruise it's doable but you will feel yuck as you will leave ketosis and by reintroducing those carbs (processed food) your poor body will feel yucky and probably let you know with tiredness, headaches or your bowels doing random things.

I tend to raise my carb amount from under 20grams per day up to 50 grams per day when on holiday.  So I drink beer, wine and eat a few fries or potato chips when I feel like it.  I'll have some ice cream but not three cones in one day.   I can't have any bread or fried foods as when I went keto and then tried to reintroduce wheat products I became very ill.  Guess what I'm saying is stay keto on holiday but have a few treats.  Just stay near a loo if highly processed treat as sometimes it hits hard and fast ... yikes. 

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4 hours ago, edcat said:

Hi, I've been keto since Oct 2012 and re the hair loss it's very common as the body goes into shock with the rapid withdrawal of carbs and your hair stops growing. About three to four months in you feel like your loosing your hair but it's actually the new growth pushing the old dead growth out.   My hair fell out alarmingly around Feb 2013 but when I went to the Dr she could see all the baby hairs growing through.

As for going off keto on your cruise it's doable but you will feel yuck as you will leave ketosis and by reintroducing those carbs (processed food) your poor body will feel yucky and probably let you know with tiredness, headaches or your bowels doing random things.

I tend to raise my carb amount from under 20grams per day up to 50 grams per day when on holiday.  So I drink beer, wine and eat a few fries or potato chips when I feel like it.  I'll have some ice cream but not three cones in one day.   I can't have any bread or fried foods as when I went keto and then tried to reintroduce wheat products I became very ill.  Guess what I'm saying is stay keto on holiday but have a few treats.  Just stay near a loo if highly processed treat as sometimes it hits hard and fast ... yikes. 

 

Wow, you've done keto since 2012.  Just how much weight did you loose?  Just Wow.  I'm having problems now with craving the stuff I can't have. 

 

 

 

Anyway, I know one of my biggest issues will be alcoholic drinks.  I love Malibu rum and pineapple juice or a good pina colada.  Just a few of those and I'd be way over allotted carbs.  And I will probably have more than a few a day. 

 

I will not eat any bread.  Will only have one desert a day.  Will keep away from pasta.  But I'm sure my weight gain will be enough to make me cringe.

 

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DH and I have been doing Keto since April.  I’m at my goal weight and maintaining since late September, and he’s got a few more pounds to lose.  
 

In July we took a back-to-back-to-back cruise, and were on the ship for 45 days in total.  We managed to stay Keto for the whole cruise.  It turned out to be a little trickier than I thought it would be, but after a week or so, I had my strategies figured out.  I discovered that the menu isn’t nearly descriptive enough, and lots of things come with unexpected sauces or breadcrumbs, so I had to learn to ask more questions before ordering.  The buffet can be easier, because you can see what’s on the food.  Our ship had a pool grill that did great burgers at lunch, and steaks and other grilled meats at night, and that was the easiest place to get a meal that met all of our requirements.  There were no surprise sauces, glazes or marinades, and if we asked for extra butter, or olive oil, there was no problem.  
 

We bought 92% dark chocolate and also nuts ashore to have with us, as there are not usually many nuts served on board, and never chocolate that dark.  I found that even sugar-free mixers for cocktails were too sweet, so I drank bourbon on the rocks, and DH had vodka and lime.  We didn’t try the sugar-free desserts, as they often have lots of other Keto-unfriendly things in them, and we just don’t have a sweet tooth any more, but we did often share the cheese board.

 

We both got off the ship lighter than when we got on, for the first time ever!  

 

Unrelated to cruising, I did feel like I was shedding more hair than usual for a while, but I paid closer attention to my protein levels and that soon stopped.

 

Good luck with your diet, and with your cruise!

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