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The Ketogenic Diet And Weight Loss Plateaus

I keep hearing people talk about their weight loss plateaus, and how they can get around them. Some go the extreme route of doing liquid fasting, others will ignore it and keep on keeping on. I wanted to put together a short list of common things that may be wreaking havok on the average ketogenic dieter, and go over some solutions that might help out. Keep in mind, this does not cover everything and it also covers a wide range of topics. As you read this, please read to the end. Don’t form ideas about your own body and apply the things that I am saying with no thought behind it. This is strictly for people that are hitting weight loss plateau’s and need some help. If you have only lost 1 or 2 pounds in a week, that is still weight loss and does not require action against it. Hidden Carbohydrates People on ketogenic diets eat more carbohydrates than they think. They’re hidden in vegetables, nuts, and certain meat products. Yes, that peanut butter you’re chomping on could be causing a problem! Especially if it’s store bought – that stuff is loaded with extra sugar. Some vegetables like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and squash are common culprits that find their way into ou Continue reading >>

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    I have had great success with two rounds of Atkins in the past (each time losing over 50lb).
    But I have had two recent attempts to get back into the diet (on a quite rigorous induction regimen) and it is like the "mechanism" has broken. My body is not going into ketosis after 2 or even 3 weeks on the diet and (unsurprisingly) this is also reflected by lack of weight loss or measurements loss; and, indeed, on the latest attempt . . . I put ON three pounds. Whereas previously ketone strips were highly reactive (bright pink) they did not show ANY color at all after the induction periods. Obviously, absent the fat-burning, then a relatively fat-heavy intake is bound to result in weight gain. I also do not have that sense of increased energy that comes with being in fat-burning mode.
    It is almost as if my body has learned something about the diet and it will no longer cooperate with it. Either that, or it is something to do with being older (near 60).
    Has anyone else seen this phenomenon, and have they found any strategy to get around it.
    I always felt Atkins was a reliable way for me to be able to shed pounds, but without its "magic bullet" I feel rather lost as to what to try, as I have had very bad lucky with restrictive calorie (and other) diets.
    [ed. note: MICHAEL (2768058) last edited this post 8 months, 4 weeks ago.]

  2. Kathryn

    Ketostix are unreliable, throw them away and just follow the rules. If you do, then you have to be in ketosis because the body doesn't have carbs to burn for energy so it uses fat instead - if it didn't then you'd be dead!
    Putting on 3 pounds suggests that either you're eating too much, eating the wrong things or have some intolerance to something you're having. Without knowing what you eat on a typical day and how much you eat, then we can't really help. Post a list of what you're eating and we'll take a look.

  3. Ellen

    If you aren't getting into ketosis (and Kathryn is right about the ketostix) then somewhere you're taking in too many carbs and/or too much protein. If you are actually in ketosis but not losing...Or indeed gaining, then you are either sensitive to something you're eating...Like sweeteners for instance, or you are generally eating too much.
    Post a days menu with quantities and we'll take a look

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