(Post update- At the time that I wrote this post in 2011 my knowledge of a proper LCHF Ketogenic diet was not yet known to me as it is today. I have figured out since then that I was not eating enough fat and was eating too much protein to make up for the carbs. This is not an effective ketogenic diet.)
Well, on the 8th of August I decided to experiment with going super low carb by trying Atkins Induction Phase. I guess I will say that I cheated twice and a few other days I was close to less than 20 carbs but I did go over a bit. I found that it is very very difficult to go that low carb. Even nuts have some carbs and any kind of condiment like ketchup will increase carbs by more than you would think.
I guess my experience leaves me pondering if I am an anomaly. Although the first two to three days I saw some decrease in my BG numbers, overall there was no change from when I was eating 50-60 grams of carbs a day. I still averaged about 138 2.5 hours after a meal, about 120 five hours after a meal and about 135 in the morning. I never saw a number under 100 during these few weeks. I admit that I didn't get my exercise everyday and the days that I did I can't say my results were much different.
I do know that if I go over 60 grams of carbs a day I will suffer with numbers in the 150-180 range which is not acceptable to me so low carb is still the way that I have to go. I will admit that I am disappointed because I had expected to see a huge improvement. I will stay at the 20 grams a day for a while in the hopes that it is just going to take me more time. I admit that I am concerned that I may have more beta cell damage than I thought I did since my blood sugar goes up and stays up while eating so little carbs.
Although today I feel somewhat beaten down, I still say "I won't give up! I won't give up!" Tomorrow is another day!