Top 12 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight On a Low Carb Diet!
Science has proven that Low-carb diets are very effective when it comes to weight loss. However, as with any diet plan, people sometimes stop losing before they reach their desired weight. Is it because the Low carb diet has just stopped working or are there more hidden reasons that need to be revealed. If things slow down don’t throw in the towel.
Here are the top 12 reasons why you may not be losing weight on a low-carb diet plan.
1.You haven’t Cut back Carbohydrates Enough
Everyone reacts differently to carbs. Some people are more sensitive to carbs than others.
If you’re eating low-carbs and your weight starts to plateau, then you may want to cut back a little more until the weight loss kicks back in.
Do it in slow increments. Even a drop of 25gms can kick start your weight loss. Don’t go any lower than 50 grams per day and make sure you replace the carbs with additional protein or a little healthy fats to take up the slack. Be honest with yourself. Make sure you are accurately counting the grams of carbs in everything you eat and drink as many people tend to overlook added sugars in foods and are actually consuming more carbs than they really think!
If you are carb sensitive, then you may want to temporarily eliminate fruits and drop to 50gms of carbs per day for a short period. Surprising enough some people find they have more energy on less carbs and function a lot better on lower levels. Experiment and find out your optimal level.
2. You Are Losing Fat, but it’s not showing on the scales!
Your weight will fluctuate on a daily basis. Don’t let minor ups and downs on the scale put a dent in your mind set. If you weigh yourself every day, then there will be days where the scale goes down, other days where it goes up. It doesn’t mean that the diet isn’t working, as long as the general trend is
When you initially drop your carbs you will lose a lot of water weight held within your tissues. Keep in mind weight loss will slow down significantly after that initial phase.
Of course, losing weight is not the same as losing fat. It is possible, especially if you’re new to weight lifting, that you are gaining muscle at the same time that you’re losing fat. Hence your weight on the scales tend to stay the same but you look much better for it! To make sure that you’re losing fat, use something other than just the scales. Take your measurements especially key areas like waist, hips, thighs.
Also, take pictures. Take note of how your clothes fit. If you’re looking thinner and your clothes are looser, then you ARE losing fat no matter what the scale says.
Bottom Line: Don’t be fooled by placing your judgement purely on the bathroom scales. This throws many people into a tail spin as you can be gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time.
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