I have had a similar experience as you, Owly. VLC/ketosis, worked well for me for almost two years, and then BAM! Things changed drastically. I am now kicking myself for waiting for so long to slowly INcrease the carbs (and play around with the overall ratios) instead of driving them down further. What I hadn't been considering was that it had worked for me while my body was in a certain specific state, but that state has apparently changed - quite possibly as a result of some healing, thanks to the ketosis itself.
Originally Posted by Owly
I feel like a new person now after I finally gave the carb reintroduction enough time to make a difference - I forced myself to ride out the initial water retention (which left quickly) and the panic that had ensued during a previous attempt from thinking that it must be a bad sign and that my body wasn't tolerating the increase.
I won't make the mistake of banking on the fact that this will be what works for me forever, though - lesson learned in that regard. If things should change and I'm no longer feeling as great as I do now, I'll start to play again with the variables and tweak things until I get it right....then repeat if and when necessary in the future.
Life is not a matter of having good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.
- Robert Louis Stevenson