Not Losing Weight On A Low-carb Ketogenic Diet? Don’t Give Up And Read Further
The ketogenic diet is not only known to be one of the most effective weight loss tools, but has proven to have many health benefits. Ketosis is a state at which your body produces ketones in the liver, shifting the body's metabolism away from glucose and towards fat utilization. Unless you can check your blood ketones, using Ketostix is an easy way to detect urinary ketones. It's not the most accurate method, but may be good enough to find out whether you are in ketosis. In some cases, weight loss may be difficult even on a low-carb ketogenic diet and there may be a few possible reasons for weight stalling, which I have listed in this post. If you want to know more about the ketogenic diet and how it can help you lose weight, have a look at my Practical Guide to Keto Diet which is freely available on my website also as PDF. 3 free diet plans to help you kickstart your diet, lose weight and get healthy Recipes, giveaways and exclusive deals delivered directly to your inbox A chance to win the KetoDiet app every week Top Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight on a Keto Diet 1. Carbs are Too High Your carbohydrate intake may be too high. Try to decrease your daily carbs limit. Also try to include coconut oil in your diet. Coconut oil consists of MCTs (Medium chain triglycerides), which are easily digestible, less likely to be stored by your body and are used for immediate energy. MCTs are converted in the liver into ketones, which helps you enter ketosis. If you want to know more about carbs, check out this post. For more about ketones, have a look at this post. 2. Protein is Too High or Too Low Your protein intake may be too high/ low. Protein is the most sating macronutrient and you should include high-quality animal protein in your diet. If you don't eat enough protein, you Continue reading >>
When You’re Low-carbing Perfectly And Producing No Weight Loss–what Gives?
I’ve been guilty of it and now I realize it was just plain wrong. Here’s the scenario: somebody sends me an e-mail and says, “Jimmy, I’m doing everything exactly as I am supposed to on my low-carb lifestyle and I’m just not losing weight.” Okay, the first inclination that most of us, myself included, have is to suggest that person seriously evaluate what they are eating to look for hidden carbs and sugars, reminding them to follow their chosen low-carb plan exactly as the author prescribes, and then to determine if they are doing anything differently since the scale stopped moving downward. This should do the trick. It certainly sounds like good advice, right? Well, maybe not. Certainly, there are people who allow some old habits to slip back into their routine again and they experience the dreaded “carb creep” that has haunted many an unsuspecting low-carber as they live this lifestyle over the long-term. It’s usually easily remedied simply by bringing your carbohydrate intake back down again to a level where you can still maintain or lose weight. I went through this myself a couple of years ago and it happens. But you get right back on plan again and all is well. So, let’s say you are low-carbing perfectly and yet you are producing no weight loss. Aside from the occasional weight loss stall that can hit anyone at anytime, I have told people that the absence of weight loss while livin’ la vida low-carb should make you very suspicious. You just never know what’s going on inside your body that could be related to your weight refusing to go down or, worse yet, going up despite being on a low-carb diet. Even when you have that steadfast resolve to make better choices for your health, this can easily befall you. And I should know. It’s exactly what Continue reading >>
Not Losing Weight?
“Oh well, I guess I’m just one of those people that keto doesn’t work for.” I’ve seen this frustrated post several times in various Facebook communities I am in, along with a thread of comments discussing macronutrient ratios. While macros do play a role in ketogenic living, there are so many other factors that are preventing you from losing weight. There are hidden carbs and sugars in your food. Are you dumping garlic powder on all of your proteins and veggies? Girl, there are 6 grams of carbs in just 1 TBSP of garlic powder! Be a detective and make sure that you are looking at the nutrition label AND serving sizes. When in doubt, Google! You are eating too much or too little protein. The body may convert up to 56% of excess/unused protein into glucose, and an elevated blood glucose level may kick you out of ketosis. Protein is an essential macronutrient (unlike carbohydrates), though, and not consuming enough will result in muscle loss. How much protein YOU need depends on your biological makeup, activity level, goals, etc. Calories are cray! Those of us eating ketogenic often consume far less calories than people who follow a low fat/low calorie plan, however, if the goal is to lose weight, gorging oneself will halt those efforts. Eat until you are 80% full, then fill up on water. Not all fats are created equally. Yes, keto is high fat – high HEALTHY fats! Consuming overly processed foods such as lunch meats, mayonnaise and packaged “low-carb” items often contain fat-blockers: MSG and bad Omega-6 fatty acids. Vegetable, canola, safflower and soybean oil are some of the Omega-6 oils to avoid. Over-doing the dairy. Let’s face it: cheese is delicious! I thoroughly enjoy my organic heavy whipping cream and cheeses, however, eating ketogenic is not a fre Continue reading >>
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 >>
10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight On Keto
When you first start browsing around the web looking for info on keto, there are incredible weight loss stories around every corner. It would be easy to tell people not to get carried away with their expectations when it comes to keto, but it’s human nature. The fact of the matter is the vast majority of people following a keto diet will lose a considerable amount of weight. That means when you’re not losing weight on keto, people are quick to start doubting themselves or the diet. “Maybe Keto doesn’t work for me. Am I doing it right?” This needs nipping in the bud early as it will eventually end up as resentment for the diet. It’s not the diet’s fault! Most of time, it’s something that can be addressed by making a few adjustments. 1. You’re eating too many carbs This should be the starting point for anyone not getting the weight loss they want. It might seem simple to seasoned ketonians, but the keto diet is high fat, low carb. When I first had people follow a plan from The Keto Pro, it shocked me how many people were overdoing the carbs. Considering what we do is meal plan based, this might seem silly, but many people get stuck on skim reading some detail and then go half assed into failure. Keto is not about all eating vegetables for example. There are many vegetables that you won’t be touching if you’re doing a strict low carb diet (Sweet Potato, Swedes and Turnips I’m looking at you!). 2. You’re not eating enough fat/you’re eating too much fat Depending on where you are on your keto journey, you could either be eating not enough fat or too much fat (confusing right?). When you first start on the keto path your primary objective is to change from using glucose (sugar) for energy to using fat and ketones for energy. This process of change Continue reading >>
How To Lose Weight On A Keto Diet In 5 Easy Steps (+ 4 Real-life Examples)
CLEARLY the “eat less”, “eat low fat”, and “just eat everything in moderation” diets haven’t worked too well for most people. So, if you’re still trying to lose weight and keep it off, then maybe it’s time to try something that’s working for tens of thousands of people right now… The Ketogenic Diet. But is it all too good to be true? Yes, we believe Keto is fantastic for weight loss. We’ve just seen it work for way too many people (check out the success stories below). But it’s also not for everyone. So, in this post, we are giving you the real facts behind all the hype as well as real-life stories of people who have lost a lot of weight on Keto. PLUS, how to get started on Keto to lose weight in 5 EASY Steps. What is the Ketogenic Diet? THE HISTORY: Originally the Ketogenic diet was created as an effective treatment for epileptic children. BUT NOW: More and more people are finding that a Ketogenic diet has tons of benefits, including: a healthy way to lose weight, control blood sugar levels, improve your brain function, and potentially even reverse a myriad of health conditions. How does keto do this? The Keto diet puts your body into a powerful fat-burning metabolic state called nutritional ketosis. NUTRITIONAL KETOSIS: In nutritional ketosis, your body generally uses very few carbohydrates for energy. Instead, it switches to using ketones (which are produced from the breakdown of fats). That’s why the keto diet is often called a fat-burning diet… You can literally be burning your own body fat for energy! (It’s still unclear whether ketosis is the magical factor that makes a Keto diet so effective for weight-loss, but whatever it is, it seems to work!) So, how do we get into this nutritional ketosis state? You can get into nutritional k Continue reading >>
Here's Exactly How I Lost 50 Pounds Doing The Keto Diet
Of all the places to seek life-changing nutrition advice, I never thought the barber shop would be where I found it. But one day last January, after a couple years of saying to myself, "today's the day I make a change," my barber schooled me on something called keto. Normally, I take things he says with a grain of salt unless they're about hair or owning a business, but this guy could literally be on the cover of Men's Health. He's 6 feet tall, conventionally attractive, and his arms are about five pull-ups away from tearing through his t-shirt. If anyone else had implied that I was looking rough, I would've walked out in a fit of rage, but I decided to hear him out. I should clarify that I was out of shape, but my case wasn't that severe. I hadn't exercised in a few years and basically ate whatever I wanted and however much of it, but I was only about 30 to 40 pounds overweight. My barber went on to explain that this diet, paired with an appropriate exercise routine, allowed him to completely transform his body in less than a year, and all he ate was fatty foods. Once he showed me his "before" picture, I was sold. It was time to actually make a change. Short for ketogenic, keto is a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet that forces your metabolism into what's called a state of ketosis. There's a much more scientific explanation to that, but it basically means that instead of burning carbohydrates (mainly glucose, or sugars), your body switches to burning fat as a primary source for energy. Keto isn't necessarily about counting calories, though the basic idea of eating less in order to lose weight still applies. This is more of a calculated way to rewire your metabolism so that it burns fat more efficiently over time, using very specific levels of each macronutrient Continue reading >>
Why Am I Not Losing Weight On Lchf? (pt.1 - Calories & Carbs)
Based on the number of page views my post called “The Truth About Weight Loss” has gotten, people are far more interested in reading about losing weight than they are in cancer or the disastrous consequences associated with chronically elevated insulin. And, based on the comments that post garnered, right here on the blog as well as on various LCHF sites, this post and the next few in this mini-series are among the most hotly anticipated posts I’ve ever written. (Except for the next cancer post. I know, I know…I keep promising to get back to those, but then I get sidetracked by other equally fascinating things.) With that in mind, I’m feelin’ the pressure, everybody. I’ll try not to disappoint, but, the truth is, I don’t have any magical formulas for you. I don’t have the secret to THE ONE THING you’ve never, ever heard of for kick-starting fat loss or breaking a stall. I haven’t discovered the only unsullied superfruit with mystical fat-melting properties, found deep in the Amazon Rain Forest, and known only to me and one indigenous tribe untouched by Western civilization. (But if I ever do stumble upon that, it’ll be available through my website for just $39.99, and you’ll have to order it by clicking on the obnoxious pop-up window that flashes in your face immediately upon the site loading. [Don’t’cha just love those?] It’ll also be available for purchase through an affiliate link in the sidebar of every single other LCHF, Paleo, Primal, and real food site you frequent. [This is the part where you express silent thanks for how terrible I am at marketing. :D]) Okay, let’s get down to business: First, allow me to say that this little series will cover several possible answers to the “why am I not losing weight” question. There’s Continue reading >>
How To Use (and Not To Use) Exogenous Ketones For Weight Loss
“How do I use ketones to help me lose weight?” Great question. It’s worth the few minutes to understand how exogenous ketones can help people lose weight on a ketogenic diet, and not just jump to the conclusion that ketones = weight loss. Breaking Down Ketone Weight Loss Misconceptions The most common misconception (perhaps due to excessive marketing claims) is that taking ketone supplements will induce immediate weight loss. The purpose of this article is to explain how to use ketones as a piece of the puzzle in your weight loss lifestyle. Remember exogenous ketones are supplements. Very effective at what they do, but none the less, should be supplementary to a low carb/ketogenic style of eating that is geared towards weight loss (if weight loss is the goal). Ketones don’t cause weight loss, they help cause ketosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state where your body is using fatty acids for its primary source of energy. Just because you are using fat does not necessarily mean you are going to be losing weight or have a decrease in body fat percentage over an extended period of time. I have been in deep nutritional ketosis (>3.0mmol/dL) and had an increase in body fat percentage. I’ve also been in deep nutritional ketosis and had a decrease in body fat percentage. It all depends on how much fat and protein you are eating, in addition to being below a carb threshold that will induce ketosis. Please don’t take this to mean starve yourself. It just means that the average male American has over 40,000 calories in stored body fat and can, therefore, afford to eat a lower calorie ketogenic diet, and still survive (and thrive!). Take home message: Exogenous ketones are a tool to get you into ketosis or to boost your energy levels while already in ketosis. If your motive Continue reading >>
Why Am I Not Losing Weight During Second Week Of Ketogenic Diet?
A2A Really at two weeks in it is too early to tell why you are not losing. It may be that you need to add some roughage (fiber) to your day, even if it puts you over the 20 carb limit. You might also be experiencing the “whoosh effect.” I stalled for a few weeks (Yes weeks, 5 weeks in fact) due to not eating enough carbs. I know that because my sleep was interrupted at well. Once I had a “carb up” day I suddenly dropped 6 pounds and continued losing about 2 pounds a week. You might just be holding onto water as well, or it may be that you are eating to much dairy, it could also be that you are not moving around(exercising) enough to get your digestive system operating optimally. Really there are a lot of factors in play and all you can do at first is wait and see for at least a month. If nothing changes after a month, make an adjustment. Some adjustments are: -Cutting out dairy, no cream, cream cheese, cheese, whey, or cottage cheese, ice cream or yogurt. -Fasting overnight and not eating till about noon or at least 14 hours, not that hard of most of that time is spent sleeping. There are a lot of resources that go into more detail. Google “Fasting on the Ketogenic diet” -Having a carb up day where you eat healthy options, like a sweet potato, or some fresh carrots to sit you around 50 carbs for that day then resume eating as normally. -Participating in an egg or Fat fast. I won’t go into detail here there are many resources available by googling “Keto Egg fasting” OR “Keto fat fast.” - Do some easy yoga that focuses mainly on your core, pelvic floor and back. This will help encourage your insides to “wake up” and get things moving properly. You will probably work out some gas that was trapped in you as well so expect a bit of farting (it helps Continue reading >>
Help! I’m In Ketosis But Not Losing Weight!
If you are in ketosis, but not losing weight, don’t be discouraged! By being in ketosis you are already half way there! What this means is that you have cut enough carbs to reach ketosis. But not enough to lose weight. There are several things that can be happening to cause this. You are counting net carbs. You may be eating more carbs than you think. Go back to basics. Spend 3 – 7 days eating meat, cheese and eggs. Yes thats it. You will be eating much less than 20 grams of carbs during these days and you should see some weight loss. BUT gradually start to eat more carbs. You don’t want to stop losing weight or worse, put back on weight! Count calories. Traditionally you shouldn’t have to count calories. But sometimes what is happening is that all though you are eating low carb, you are eating too much! You should only be eating until you are full and no more. But if you are over eating and you lead a rather sedartary life. You may be eating more calories then your body can burn. Use apps like Myfitnesspal to start tracking what you eat, and how much exercise you are getting. Digestive issues. Sometimes you eat so much meat and cheese on a low carb diet that your system becomes “backed up” to put it politely. You may want to look into some of the natural ways to keep your system regular. I like to drink different teas. Traditional Medicines makes some great teas that can aid in digestion. There are also other natural ways to help with your digestion such as water or milk kefir or kombucha tea. Even if you are not experiencing digestive issues, you may want to look into these just to make sure you stay regular. Stay away from the nuts! – Yes they are low in carbs but its hard to just eat 28 peanuts and walk away. I tend to pop a handful in my mouth as I ea Continue reading >>
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 >>
Why You Aren’t Losing Weight On Keto And What To Do About It
Have you hit a weight loss plateau on keto? Do you think you’re doing everything right and the scale still just won’t budge? Well don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many people have trouble losing weight on a ketogenic diet. This is because everybody is different. While the majority of people may do well on conventional keto diet advice, there will always be outliers who don’t respond as well to the same generalized guidelines. This article will outline the most common culprits of stagnating weight loss on a ketogenic diet. Hopefully, by addressing each of these possible areas of concern, you will be able to overcome your weight loss plateau and reach your ideal weight! Are You Actually in Ketosis? Believe it or not, most of the time people aren’t losing weight on keto because they aren’t actually even in ketosis! This is why it is so important to measure ketone levels. When the body runs out of stored glycogen (glucose) and begins burning fat and creating ketones for energy, these ketones circulate through the blood. This is why the gold standard for determining whether or not you are in ketosis is by measuring blood ketones. Ketosis is usually defined as a blood ketone level between 0.5 to 3.0 mM. However, for those who are not ready to invest in a blood ketone meter, there is the cheaper and more convenient option in ketosis urine strips. Ketosis strips are not quite as accurate as a blood ketone meter. This is because they only measure ketones that your body was unable to use. This may be a good way to indicate ketosis when you first begin a keto diet, but once the body becomes more efficient at burning ketones for fuel, less ketones will be excreted in the urine creating a false negative. The Carb Creep Once you start testing ketone levels it can be a lot Continue reading >>
7 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight Even When You’re Trying To
I’ve always found the concept of losing weight to be pretty easy but the actual practice of losing weight to almost be impossible. The reason behind this is there are just too many things happening during the day that goes against your journey to lose weight. Most of these things you aren’t even keeping track of and that’s what usually gets you. In this post, I want to cover some of the reasons why you might not be losing as much weight as you think you should be losing. 7 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight First, let’s clear one thing up. To lose weight you must put your body in a caloric deficit. That means you can’t consume more calories than you are burning. It’s like trying to save money. You can spend more than you make. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to be watching your calorie intake consistently or that all calories are treated equally. 400 calories in the soda is going to be a lot different than the 400 calories in that head of broccoli. So first things first, if you aren’t burning more calories than you are consuming in a day you aren’t going to be losing any weight. That’s just the cardinal rule. If you want to figure out your calorie ceiling then check out this calories calculator. Now let’s get more specific. 1. You Have the Wrong Mindset We all want to be happy and for many us that involves having the body that we want. However, if you are just losing weight so you can fit into those old jeans then odds are you are fighting a losing battle. The reason why is because that is a goal you can easily throw away. On your weight loss journey you might decide that fitting into those jeans isn’t that big of a deal or is something you can push off until later. So instead of staying focused you eat that chocolate cake without an Continue reading >>
Ep 112: I’m In Ketosis, Why Am I Not Losing Weight?!
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