the body essentially adapts to ketogenic diets the same way it does total starvation (albeit without the loss of body proteins that would cause death during total starvation)
this means non-survival functions tend to go south (sex drive being one of them) if you want to reverse these adaptations you must do two things:
bring calories back to maintenance levels or slightly above
introduce starchy carbs back into your diet
do this and things should improve within a week or so.
I shall give 1 a go… evaluating body composition every two weeks and upping calories by 200 each time.
I would have thought that doubling food intake in 6 weeks would have had SOME affect however.
doubling food intake without carbs won’t do much except make you fat (assuming that would put you well above maintenance calories)
The body is most responsive to starchy carbs in this situation. And 1 “cheat meal” a week won’t do a thing. To fully reverse things you have to send a strong “fed” signal to the body, and that takes a week or so typically.
how long have you been low carb / dieting?[/quote]
Im now more or less at maintenance calories or at least not far off.
Why would upping calories with a low carb intake make me fatter vs. with higher carbs?
So where do I go from here? I got down to 9-10% bodyfat and I would like to start gaining some mass again now whilst staying as lean as possible!