I’ve been eating low-carb (50 total grams per day or less) for the past five to six months. I’ve been eating 30 grams or below for two to three months. I’ve lost about 19 pounds over that period of time, but my weight loss has recently increased because I’ve added in exercise (which I was not putting concerted effort into previously). I have a lot more weight to lose, and initially planned to only eat such a low-carb diet while losing weight, but I’m not sure now. Once you get used to spending days on end with blood sugar that stays between 80-125 for more than 75% of the time, it’s hard to go back to the high-carb rollercoaster. (I’m on an internship away from home and when I first arrived I fell off the low-carb wagon and was eating perhaps 75 grams a day, but I quickly got sick of the rollercoaster and found ways to eat fewer carbs.)
I also find low-carb eating extremely satisfying. For me, I transitioned to a low-carb diet gradually. Years ago I decided that I wanted to eat under 200 grams of carbs per day, then at some point lowered that to 150 grams, then 100 grams, then 75 grams, then 50 grams, and now I’m at 30 grams. I don’t keep strict control of my carbs, I just try to limit meals to 15 grams, and frequently meals are much less than that. I’ll admit, though…I still crave carbs. Especially cereal. It takes an act of willpower to walk past the cereal aisle without buying anything almost every time I shop. Thankfully, I have food allergies that make most processed foods off-limits to me, so this helps a lot with my willpower, and recently the idea of disrupting my blood sugar control and weight loss have also been deterrents.