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Weight Loss Plateau: How To Break Through

Weight Loss Plateau: How To Break Through

You eat right and try to stay active, but sometimes you just don’t see any results. Your scales are stuck. That’s the situation I found myself in this month. I coach health online but after 12 weeks of weight loss progress I hit a plateau and my scales wouldn’t budge. Frustrating!! Right? Fear not. The good news is I experimented with an effective solution for busting through a weight loss plateau. Let me show you how. Why Do Plateaus Occur? A primary reason behind stalled weight loss is metabolic adaption.[2] Your body simply gets used to your current nutrition and activity levels then your metabolism slows down creating a new equilibrium. So how do you break through the plateau? I performed extensive research of current medical research as well as carefully examined real-world results backed up by solid evidence. I saw a lot of evidence and research that showed that ketogenic nutrition (aka Keto) was effective for breaking through weight loss plateaus. You can read the full details here on my Keto research and rationale, and preparation. I decided to experiment with Keto firsthand and publish my experience and results. An ounce of experience is worth a ton of theory. Psychology And Feelings I’ve written how the health and fitness industry is broken by myopically focusing only on nutrition and exercise. But real people operate in the real world, juggling both careers and families. So we deal with a lot of things in addition to our health. Career and family commitments demand a lot from us. In my case this resulted in my body becoming unfit and overweight. In addition to our bodily health, with also fight a health battle in our minds. I’ve detailed how I lapsed into toxic health psychology and how I battled to establish good health psychology. My point is this Continue reading >>

How To Break A Weight Loss Plateau

How To Break A Weight Loss Plateau

You’ve lost a lot of weight, but your weight loss has hit a plateau. What can you do to restart your weight loss? Here’s an interview with the physician and low-carb expert Dr. Eric Westman. Table of contents 0:27 Things to consider if your weight loss hits a plateau 1:15 The definition of a plateau 2:02 The importance of calories 4:08 Don’t eat when you’re not hungry 5:23 Protein amount 8:47 Physical activity 10:21 Drugs and weight 12:03 Other causes of plateaus Transcript Continue reading >>

Stop Stalling! Aka, Why Am I Stalling On Keto And How Do I Stop It?

Stop Stalling! Aka, Why Am I Stalling On Keto And How Do I Stop It?

Volume One: Operator Error Stalling on keto? First of all, let’s be realistic: failure to lose half your body weight overnight is not a stall. All right, you probably didn’t expect results that dramatic, but let me continue: It’s not a stall if you “only” lose one pound in a week, even if you know someone else who has lost ten. It’s not a stall if you plateau for a week. It’s not a stall if your weight fluctuates up and down over the course of a few weeks, either. In fact, it’s not a stall if the scale stays put for a few weeks but your pants are mysteriously growing larger. (Unless you have pants-gremlins that truly are replacing your trousers with a larger size, in which case, I can’t help you.) In short, if it’s been less than six to eight weeks, and/or your measurements are going down, it’s not a stall, and you’ve got to stop worrying. Now, if you haven’t seen any changes on the scale or tape measure for several weeks, you’re stalled, and, unfortunately, it’s probably because you’re doing something wrong. There are two primary suspects for stalls: carbs and calories. Huge Mistake #1: Not keeping track of carbs and calories. Now, I can already hear you insist that you’re tracking EVERYTHING and you’re DEFINITELY under 20 grams of net carbs. To that I say: “Are you sure?” Babes who play chicken with carbs often lose, and here’s why: carbs are sneaky. If you think you can game the system by buying the brand of HWC that lists 0 carbs instead of the one that lists 1 carb, you are shooting yourself in the foot. You see, heavy cream is heavy cream, and unless you see something added to it (such as a mysterious-sounding gum), it’s going to have the same carb count no matter what the brand is. The only difference is that some brand Continue reading >>

6 Things That Can Break A Stall

6 Things That Can Break A Stall

If you’ve ever tried to lose a significant amount of body fat, you’ve likely experienced a stall or a plateau. For the sake of this articles, I’m going to use the term “stall” to mean nothing to do with the scale, because scales are for suckers (and they’re horrible measure of any sort of success…ditch the scale). Instead, when I’m talking about a stall, I’m talking about a period of time when your clothes are not getting looser. Pants, shirts, heck, even shoes. As you lose body fat, the stuff you put on your outside should fit differently. But sometimes your clothes don’t cooperate. Sometimes you go through periods where your clothes fit just as tight as before. That, my friend, is a stall. And it’s frustrating. Of course, a lot of the frustration has to do with the expectations you place upon yourself and your progress (that’s a whole separate article), but suffice it to say that the frustration is real. So what can you do to overcome or break a stall? In general, here’s a list of possible things. Cut out dairy A lot of people have trouble digesting dairy. The kicker is, many of them don’t even know that they have the problem. But, whether you have a dairy issue or not, eliminating dairy is a simple and easy way to break a stall. Lots of people say they could never give up cheese, but the reality of the situation is: If giving up cheese (even temporarily) is a way to get back on track to achieving your goals, then the cheese has to go. No excuses. Not negotiable. Sure, cheese and cream are great, fatty, keto-friendly foods, but they are not more important than your goals. So try cutting out dairy for a few weeks and see how your clothes start to fit differently. Cut out nuts Lots of nuts are very high in fat (I’m looking at you…you gorg Continue reading >>

Managing A Weight-loss Plateau

Managing A Weight-loss Plateau

Most of us like to think of weight loss as a nice steady elevator ride going down from “too high” to “just right.” Or at least, that’s what we wish would happen! But in the real world, that weight-loss elevator is more like a theme-park ride: it goes down, it comes jerking to a halt and then zooms back up for a while, it suddenly drops six floors overnight…and sometimes, it even stays in one place for a while: the dreaded plateau. Nobody likes a plateau, but the first thing to remember about them is that they’re perfectly normal. After all, bodies are not machines, and they don’t always work in totally logical ways. Many people find that after a week or so at the same weight, they simply start losing again with no further effort required. They don’t know what caused the stall, but it doesn’t really matter because it passes quickly and weight loss resumes. On the other hand, some people hit a weight that just won’t budge – and after a month or so of this, it’s time to officially dub it a plateau. This review found that people tend to hit that plateau around 6 months, and other studies have confirmed this: 6-8 months is the typical time of the first plateau (although there are exceptions). So what causes this, and how can you fight back? Plateaus can happen for any number of reasons, but this study focuses on two of the most common: metabolic adaptation and diet creep. So take a look at what they are, which one might apply to you, and what you can do about them. Two Potential Causes for Weight Loss Plateaus Culprit #1: Metabolic Adaptation The first thing that comes to everyone’s mind when they’re wondering why they’ve plateaued is their metabolism. And indeed, metabolism is important! Calorie balance matters, but in real life, 3500 calorie Continue reading >>

Break Through Your Weight Loss Plateau

Break Through Your Weight Loss Plateau

92 Comments Pat yourself on the back: You’ve lost weight! Or, at least you had lost weight, but for the past few days or even weeks, the scale hasn’t been budging. You don’t feel like you’re doing anything different with your diet. You’re keeping carbs low, eating the appropriate amount of protein, and you’re moderating all of it with a consistent exercise program. For most people attempting to lose weight, there comes a time when they reach that inevitable plateau where their motivation is soaring but they’ve stopped seeing results. If you’re nodding right now, don’t worry. What you’re experiencing is totally normal. Plateaus, whether they relate to weight, to your job, or your closest relationship, are a call to charge things up again, refine your strategies and keep moving forward. So rather than give up and maintain your current weight, or worse yet, drown yours sorrows in a half dozen donuts, there are numerous actions you can take to reignite your program. Here are our top 5 picks for breaking through your weight plateau: Consider Intermittent Fasting Although Conventional Wisdom tells us that fasting forces the metabolism into slow motion causing your body to cling onto fat stores, recent scientific studies have suggested otherwise. According to an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, alternate day fasting may result in an improvement in insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake, as well as decreases in fat mass. While science is still unearthing the precise mechanisms for why and how this occurs, the previously-held idea that you have to eat six meals a day or more in order to keep your metabolism stoked to lose weight simply isn’t true. Lucky for you, intermittent fasting (IF) can be done in a number of ways. From daily fast Continue reading >>

How To Break Through A Weight Loss Plateau

How To Break Through A Weight Loss Plateau

This is a guest post by Vic Magary of FatLossForFree.com, my co-conspirator on Impossible Abs. So you’ve been watching what you eat and working out… Your clothes fit a little better, you can start to see the faint outline of what you think is an “ab” in the mirror, and the cute girl (or guy) at the office even smiled at you. So you keep watching what you eat and working out. But things stall. After another month your clothes still fit only a “little” better, that ab outline is still faint, and now you’re wondering if the cutie was just smiling at the lack of a line at the copy machine behind you. You’ve hit the dreaded fat loss plateau. This situation of stagnated fat loss progress is common. But breaking through the plateau? That requires the uncommon… “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein Yes, the classic Einstein quote applies to fat loss. When you keep doing what you’ve been doing (the common) but are no longer seeing results, it’s time to do something different (the uncommon). Perhaps a better way to think of the uncommon is the uncomfortable. Get Uncomfortable My favorite exercise for embracing the uncomfortable is cold shower therapy. And although there is some evidence that cold exposure may help with fat loss, I prefer to go for the big wins. Anytime I need to help a client break a fat loss plateau, I ease them outside of their comfort zone on diet, recovery, or exercise – in that order. But before we get to the diet, recovery, and exercise, we have to ensure that we have one crucial habit in place. And this habit makes some people more uncomfortable than 100 burpees with a kale smoothie chaser. This crucial habit is keeping a food and training journal. Without a wri Continue reading >>

Should You Fast To Break A Plateau?

Should You Fast To Break A Plateau?

I enjoy reading the blogs written by the many Community members on Atkins.com, as well as the Forums. It gives me valuable insight into what topics are trending and what people are talking about. Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the “Fat Fast” or just plain fasting in general. Community members are recommending them to jumpstart weight loss on Atkins or to overcome a plateau. I am not an expert on fasting, but I can share my own observations from my own experience as well as observations from private practice regarding the Fat Fast. The Fat Fast is a low-calorie, high-fat program (1,000 calories/day and 80% fat). Dr. Atkins rarely and only recommended this approach with medical supervision in his private practice with severely metabolic resistant individuals for short periods in obese individuals who hit a plateau after months on Induction. However, doing such a low- calorie diet for an extended period of time may wreak havoc with your metabolism. When you follow very a low-calorie diet, your basal metabolic rate will slow down to compensate for the low caloric intake. This is your body's survival response to preserve its internal organs and muscle mass. If you are following the Atkins protocol correctly, you should not be taking in fewer than 1,500 to 1,800 calories daily. This energy supply should not cause a drop in your metabolic rate, but rather maintain the rate and preserve muscle while primarily burning fat (instead of carbohydrate) as a fuel for needed energy. So I do not recommend the Fat Fast without medical supervision. All it does is shift water balance. You will see the scale move, but as soon as you start eating normally again, the weight will creep back to the same starting point. There are times when the body simply needs a break from we Continue reading >>

Using A Ketogenic Diet And Intermittent Fasting To Break A Fat Loss Plateau

Using A Ketogenic Diet And Intermittent Fasting To Break A Fat Loss Plateau

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website. By using a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting together you may find that you can break through weight loss plateaus and jump start your fat loss efforts. This is what I am tying to do. What is a Ketogenic Diet? The ketogenic diet (often termed a keto diet) is a very low-carb(less than 20 net grams per day), high-fat diet. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake, and replacing it with fat. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. For me it just makes sense and the science is there. My own family doctor follows a keto diet and is a huge proponent of this way of eating. That says a lot. How Does Ketosis Work? As mentioned, the diet limits carbohydrates (sugar and starch). When these foods are digested, they are broken down into blood sugar (glucose) in the body. More carbohydrate intake results in higher blood sugar. If we reduce carb intake and instead eat more fat and protein, it results in a switch in metabolic pathways from using sugar as a primary fuel to burning fat instead. As more fat is burned, some of it is converted in ketone bodies. As blood glucose and insulin level drop and ketone levels rise, the heart, muscle and brain switch to using more fat and ketones to fuel themselves. This state of “nutritional ketosis” has some powerful benefits. I Have Lost Over 40 Pounds in 4 Months With A Ketogenic Diet You can read the entire chronicle about my ke Continue reading >>

How To Break Weight Loss Plateau – New Fasting Protocols

How To Break Weight Loss Plateau – New Fasting Protocols

In some situations, your tried and true weight loss methods seem to stop working. Sometimes you run into a plateau – a phenomenon well-known to most of us who embarked on a weight loss journey. Sometimes during maintenance mode, you notice that your weight starts creeping up and, despite your best efforts, you seem to be able to stop it from gaining but not to bring it back down. Often this is caused by our body adjusting to your routines and setting its thermostat to a new set point, as we discussed here. If you run into one of these situations, I suggest trying one of the fasting protocols shown below. They are intended to surprise your body, shake it out of complacency, break through the plateau and restart the weight loss process. Another possible use of these protocols is to increase your compliance – meaning, changing your routine can help you stay in fasting state by breaking the boredom and introducing new varieties that re-energize your excitement. A few necessary comments: Routines below are described with an assumption that you are familiar with fasting basics and protocols as described in The Time Machine Diet book. Keto Day refers to a day when you eat very limited to no carbs; your food intake consists of good fat and moderate protein. On Keto Day you don’t need to count calories, but you don’t eat everything in sight either. The rules of a Keto Day are: eat only when hungry and stop when satiated. 500-600 Cal Day refers to a day of the 5:2 fasting protocol. Fast Day refers to a full fast – you don’t eat any food; you drink a lot of water, hot water with lemon, coffee, tea, and these three drinks. Bone broth is OK as well. With all above in mind, these protocols illustrated by the images should be pretty much self-explanatory. The Ladder is the Continue reading >>

Can’t Lose Weight On Keto?

Can’t Lose Weight On Keto?

Overwhelmed? Frustrated? Tempted to give up on this whole low-carb high-fat lifestyle? Don’t you dare… at least not without checking out all of these helpful resources first. In this post, I’ve included LOTS of resources that are all super helpful in explaining why you might be gaining weight or stuck in a weight-loss plateau, and how to get out of it. We go over these key topics: Understanding plateauing/stalling on keto How to avoid gaining weight while on keto Why carbing up can help on a low-carb lifestyle Why counting calories is not the answer What you are doing to gain weight (not food-related!) This extensive collection of resources is awesome if you are frustrated with weight gain while on keto, you are just stuck in a “no-man’s land” even though you’re doing everything you can think of to lose weight, overwhelmed with counting all your calories every day, or simply interested in starting out on keto. Wherever you are, there is definitely something in these resources that can benefit you. So go ahead and check them out! If you find something that helps you, please let me know in the comments! LOW-CARB PLATEAUS, TUMMY WEIGHT GAIN + KETO FOR BLOOD SUGAR If you’re frustrated with your weight gain or simply lack of weight loss, then this is a great podcast to listen to. This podcast answers your questions about busting through a plateau while eating keto, the reason behind tummy weight gain, and using low-carb eating for blood sugar management. Highlights… Plateauing on low-carb Hormones and tummy weight gain Eating keto with type 1 diabetes 4 REASONS WHY YOU’RE NOT LOSING WEIGHT Click here for the transcript of this keto video What if I told you that the plateau you’re experiencing – the inability to lose weight, the ongoing struggle of doi Continue reading >>

The Ketogenic Diet And Weight Loss Plateaus

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 our lives on a frequent basis. You might think that they’re low carb, but in large consumption, those carbs really do add up. You can look at the list of the best low carb vegetables we’ve put together, so that you can be more aware of the vegetables you eat. Meat is the center of most of our lives, and there’s sugar everywhere you look. Some bacon is honey smoked, adding unnecessary carbs to an already delicious product. Why the madness? Look for bacon with no sugar added. When you start to look into Italian sausages, chorizo, and canned meats, there’s more carbs than most think. Some b Continue reading >>

Keto Diet Weight Loss Plateau: What To Consider And How To Break It

Keto Diet Weight Loss Plateau: What To Consider And How To Break It

When someone first begins a ketogenic diet, there’s often a dramatic drop in weight. This is mostly water loss as the body lets go of the fluid it’s held onto from all those carbs. But after that, weight loss is likely to happen more slowly as you start losing actual fat. However, what do you do if the weight loss isn’t happening as fast as you’d like — or not at all? A keto diet weight loss plateau can be frustrating, but it’s no reason to get discouraged or give up. In fact, there are some quick ways to troubleshoot a plateau and get yourself losing again in no time. But first, a note on weight loss plateauing: Keto Weight Loss Progress: Patience is a Virtue As we noted above, the initial weight loss on a keto diet is often quick, so it can feel discouraging if the weight doesn’t continue to come off that quickly. But, this is where patience is important. Too much weight loss at once is not healthy. General recommendations are for 1-2 pounds a week, so you might be losing gradually, but you’re still losing. And this can, in fact, be easier on your body. Even not losing anything for a week can be okay. Patience is a virtue in most situations, and this one is no exception. However, if it’s been several weeks and the scale still isn’t budging, read on for some reasons that might be getting in the way of weight loss. Tracking for Weight Loss on Keto The ketogenic diet is all about tracking. Here are some of the main areas you’ll want to look at when it comes to weight loss on keto: Eating Too Many Carbs A general rule of thumb is to start keto at 30 grams of carbs per day and adjust from there. It might be that you simply need to decrease your daily carbs limit. If you feel you’ve already done this but it’s not working, make sure you’re avoidin Continue reading >>

Breaking A Weight Loss Plateau

Breaking A Weight Loss Plateau

I know all about how annoying a low carb diet weight loss plateau can be. In 2008, I began to change my eating habits in order to address some serious health problems. I also wanted to lose the excess weight I had accumulated over the years while eating a poor diet full of processed junk food. It took several years and I still struggle with my weight, but then I'm a work in progress. The Most Common Causes of a Weight Loss Plateau Here is my opinion, born of my individual experience, on the most common causes of a weight loss plateau. If you are following a ketogenic diet, and not losing weight, or the weight loss is inconsistent (going down one week and up the next), here are some of the most common causes: Eating more carbohydrate than you think (fruit, nuts, and yogurt are the particular culprits here). I call this carb creep. Eating more calories than your body can handle without storing (this is usually the result of a very high fat intake - for me, too much dairy). You want to be burning your stored fat, not excess fat from your diet. Eating large amounts of low carb foods that elevate insulin. Dairy protein (hard cheeses, yogurt and whey protein in particular), sugar alcohols, and other artificial sweeteners are culprits here. Eating lots of coconut, coconut oil or MCT oil. Coconut oil has a lot of medium chain triglycerides in it. This type of fat can't be stored, so your body has to burn it first. Again, the goal is to burn your stored fat, not fat from your diet. Not exercising in a way that increases insulin sensitivity to the muscles. (The problem is that for people with a broken metabolism, long, slow exercise doesn't work well - it has to be high intensity exercise, which uses all the glycogen stored in the muscles, and makes them more insulin sensitive. T Continue reading >>

The Ketogenic Diet Part Two: Troubleshooting

The Ketogenic Diet Part Two: Troubleshooting

Since writing about the ketogenic diet, I received a slew of inquiries on the “how-to’s,” and the process of keto-adaptation. I have also received emails from some who are having a hard time breaking into ketosis. There are numerous factors involved in the adaptation process and properly following the diet for success; however, I believe more research is needed to learn why some people become efficient fat burning machines and others struggle to keto-adapt and lose fat. I have learned a lot working with so many weight loss resistant individuals, and will attempt to bring more clarity to some of these difficult questions. Since each of our bodies is different, the diet needs to be fine-tuned to gain the greatest benefits, but there are conditions like perimenopause, hypothyroidism, and neurotoxicity that I have found will keep someone from adapting to an efficient fat burner. The complex topic remains an ongoing subject of interest for me and many of my clients, and following are some common questions I’ve been asked, as well as strategies I developed to help those who struggle to break through into fat burning machines. Some people confuse being in nutritional ketosis (NK) with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which is very different. DKA is a serious condition affecting people with diabetes (mostly type 1), and occurs due to a massive shortage of insulin in the body that forces the body to burn fatty acids for energy and gives off a massive amount of the byproduct from the fat burning (ketones > than 10). The lack of insulin also leads to an increased release of glucose by the liver and dangerously high blood sugar levels, and can result in death. Conversely, NK is safe, produces normal levels of blood ketones from fat burning (.5 to 5), and can provide outstanding Continue reading >>

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