Thank you for sharing how you feel after reaching maintenance.
I am sorry I can’t answer the question on if the pattern you are seeing on ketones is correct. 🙁 I am still working on trying to heal to that stage. I grew up in a household with a heavy carb intake, and now that I know what the signs of Insulin Resistance are I am sure that I have been IR for over 40 years. – I think I can thank my lucky stars that an active lifestyle and regular control of calories to try to keep weight under control prevented me from being T2. –
A few years ago I fell with my foot back under my leg breaking the bones on both side of the ankle and had 6 months of not being allowed to put weight on the joint. The bone fragments had fortunately remained in place but if they moved I would need plates and screws to rebuild the joint. That period of inactivity followed by years of shooting pain in my ankle meant that I ended up spending to much time sitting around comfort eating and piled the weight on.
So far I have discarded all that weight so I am back to the normal for me body weight, but that’s still fat. Body scans show that all my fat is subcutaneous fat. But my metabolism has not healed yet to the point where I am no longer IR. My readings are that I can go to 26g of carbs a day and stay in ketosis. Anything more and it takes me 3 days to get back to having any reading of ketones. I do still crave carbs.
Right now I am focusing on improving my gut bacteria and the ph of my gut. – It comes from something I have observed working with horses which have health problems following a period of a high sugar diet. – I observed that just controlling sugar levels did go a long way to helping them, but they had to stay on a very low sugar, highly controlled diet because even after years of controlling sugar intake a small amount of sugar would cause a major setback in their health. – But one owner I was working with was using a coconut feed with her horses and they healed quickly and there was no need to control sugar levels excessively in the future. The feed she was using is coconut pulp. – There are 2 possible reasons why it had an effect, the manufacturers noted that the gut ph of horses fed with this meal became ph neutral. There is also a chemical in coconut which occurs in a more dilute level in milk and it seems to be that its role is to help control the levels of bad bacteria to help in the establishment of a healthy mixture of gut bacteria because it kills one particular strain of gut bacteria which is linked to causing inflammation and feeds on sugar. – I went on to recommend the same feed to all owners who had horses recovering from the same condition and it had the same effect every time. (Providing they didn’t also feed a high sugar diet at the same time.)
I came to me the other week that I was being stupid not applying this knowledge to my own healing. You could use fermented foods to also help balance the gut ph if you were not into eating coconut.