I started on PB about seven months ago and saw some massive weight loss (about 20-30kgs) and felt great for the first sixish months. Allergies disappeared and my energy was herculean. I was completely seduced by these low carb induced changes and so I began to progressively reduce my carb intake and incorporated IF. Often I would just go without eating much for couple of days because I couldn't find anything paleo around me or was just plain lazy.
A month ago, my VLC dream began to dissipate. I was constantly constipated (alliteration - A+), nauseous, dizzy, allergies returned and were worse than ever, and I was a top-notch B to be around. My hands and feet were perpetually cold and even the littlest of things would stress me out to breaking point. Two weeks ago I came to America to visit family and I had a meltdown about how I was going to keep up with my strict diet (My family is high-carb 80%vegetarian + 20%junkitarian).
for the first few days, I ate nothing but eggs, milk and veggies. Eventually, I caved in and started eating whatever I got my hands on. Funnily, this is when I started to read work by Danny Roddy, Matt Stone and others from the ex-paleo bad boys club. Their literature made so much sense to me. I've started on Matt Stone's High Everything Diet recovery protocol and have gone up couple of inches in waist size in the past few days. I'm pretty sure I will gain back all the fat i lost, and in record time, but I don't mind because I feel much better and sleep like a baby. Digestive issues much better. Irritability in check.
My next move once my metabolism is stable is to go back to eating mostly whole foods BUT without micromanaging what I eat i.e. omega balance, macronutrient and such. I will eat whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like, which I'm hoping will be mostly whole food once I'm done with the temporary junk binge i'm on.
I have a lot of respect for PB for introducing me to concepts of whole foods, chronic cardio and a host of others, but I have come to believe that being too religious about diet (and anything else for that matter) and not respecting what your body craves is counter-productive to health and actually quite dangerous in the long run. It can also isolate you from friends and family, and make you very hard to be around.
Now I'm sure many of you folk are or have been on similar trajectories to that of mine. I would like to hear your stories, where they've led you and how they've changed you.
I also want this post to serve as a warning for people not to get too caught up with LC. Its very easy to fall prey to its charm and go overboard, consequences of which aren't pleasant. Unlike me, I hope you don't forget that you're on a quest for good health, and not merely aesthetic perfection at an unsustainable pace.