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Top 10 Tips For Getting Back On Track With Your Low Carb Diet

Top 10 Tips For Getting Back On Track With Your Low Carb Diet

We all falter sometimes. If you want to get back on track with your healthy low carb or keto diet, keep reading. The best tips from the low carb experts! Okay, so you fell off the wagon with a resounding thud. Maybe it was a one-time indiscretion and you just cheated a little, or maybe you’ve been off the wagon for days or weeks. Or even months. But you’ve picked yourself up and you want to clamber back on as soon as possible. You’re covered in dust from your fall, you ache all over, but that wagon is sitting there waiting for you, ready to welcome you back with open arms. All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other. Sounds easy but sometimes it can seem absolutely monumental. I get it. I am writing this because I had a little fall of my own recently. It was only a meal’s worth of cheating but it made me feel absolutely awful the next day. Shaky, bloated, exhausted, tummy issues, the works. In spite of that, or perhaps because of it, I knew I had to get back on track right away. My health is too important to me to let things go any further. But I know I will fall again and so I thought it might be helpful to talk about those little tips and tricks that help you get back to your healthy diet a little more easily. 1. Whatever you do, don’t beat yourself up! If you read nothing else but this one tip, that’s fine. But please take this advice to heart, because it is far and away the most important tip I am going to share. I am part of a lot of forums for low carb and Keto diets and there is always someone flagellating themselves for cheating, for failing, for not having the willpower to stick it out. Well guess what? We ALL fail at this sometimes. Let’s face it, we live in a sugar and gluten-filled world. Unless we are hermits that don’t ever lea Continue reading >>

Stephen Murray

Stephen Murray

Intermittent Smashing: Bustin’ Through the Plateau TL;DR — For 3 weeks (6 day cycles) I ate a metric fuck-ton of fat, some protein, and some safe starches for 6-8 hours per day, then I fasted for the remaining 16-18 hours. These were my results. Back in February, I posted a nine-month retrospective detailing my experiences with a high-fat, low-carb diet regimen. At that point I had sought to prove (and was anecdotally successful in doing so) that not only does fat ingestion not make you fatter or unhealthier, but that the calories-in/calories-out model is an ineffective tool in augmenting body recomposition efforts. In short: I ate a crapload of fat, exercised much less, lost a bunch of body fat, and gained significant muscle mass. Even as I was writing that post though, I found myself in the midst of a plateau that had already lasted a few weeks. In all of the literature I reviewed, this was a commonly documented occurrence in very low-carb (VLC) diets. The subject would initially lose significant weight and then plateau after several months. In light of that struggle, I decided to start a new experiment. This time, however, my intent was not to debunk any longstanding nutritional mythology (there are far smarter folks in the primal/ancestral scene already doing that to great effect). Rather, I wanted to see exactly how I could tune my body in such a way that I could become a paleolithic fat-burning machine again. A New Hope Enter intermittent fasting. My hypothesis was that I wasn’t spending enough time in deep ketosis, so my body wasn’t efficiently burning fat stores throughout the day (irrespective of caloric intake). In order to ratchet this up (read: to be in ketosis more often), I decided to narrow my feeding window to a 6-8 hour period. My approach was a Continue reading >>

How To Low Carb: 15+ Common Weight Loss Mistakes

How To Low Carb: 15+ Common Weight Loss Mistakes

Studies have proven that low-carb diets are the most effective tool for losing excess body fat. Despite that, it's not uncommon for many people to hit a weight loss plateau. By weight loss plateau, I don't mean a short term fluctuation but a long-lasting stall. No matter what you do, the extra pounds of body fat are just not coming off. Specific diet plans such as fat fast has helped many people break through long-lasting plateaus but fat fast shouldn't be used as a quick fix every time your weight is stalling. In the long term, you need to focus on getting your diet right and avoid some of the common mistakes listed below. 1. Not Knowing Your Macros As you may know, calories do count, even on a low-carb, ketogenic diet. When you eat nutritious foods low in carbs, moderate in protein and high in fat, you will naturally eat less. For this reason, most of you won't need to count calories on a keto diet. However, just following a low-carb diet doesn't guarantee weight loss. It helps to keep an eye on your fat intake. The closer you get to your target weight, the more important that becomes. Additionally, you need to ensure that you're eating sufficient amount of protein to stay satiated and prevent muscle loss. You can find out your ideal macronutrients by using our keto calculator. Only Focusing on Carbs Most of you know that when following a ketogenic diet, you have to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you are eating. However, this doesn't mean that the less carbs you eat, the more weight you are going to lose. In fact, I've seen many people following a close to zero-carb diet who were plateauing or even gaining weight. A very low-carb diet will simply not ensure fat loss! Some people do well on a moderate carbohydrate diet while others see better results with a greater Continue reading >>

Busting Through A Keto Diet Plateau / Stall – Tips & Tricks

Busting Through A Keto Diet Plateau / Stall – Tips & Tricks

Now, listen. I said MIGHT. If you’re googling a keto diet plateau and ended up here, chances are you’re simply being impatient and need to KCKO (keep calm and keto on). However, stalling on the keto diet isn’t uncommon and sometimes after a long stall you need to make changes to your diet or exercise routine to break through a plateau. For reasons unknown, our bodies sometimes like to stay a certain weight. This is called homeostasis. Even if you’re on a keto diet which certainly helps with regulating fat cells, you might find yourself stuck. The science behind plateaus on the keto diet This thing called Glucose tolerance When you put on the weight you’re now trying to lose, your blood sugar was probably consistently high. It’s is more likely than not that you have some sort of glucose tolerance problems going on after years of eating a high carb diet. The problem is two fold. First of all there’s insulin resistance and second of all there’s glucose sensitivity in your cells. These lead to your glucose tolerance being impaired and therefore, even small amounts of carbs may lead you to reaching homeostatic weight. Another thing called Visceral fat (it’s dangerous) When your body is sugar (carb) burning instead of fat burning (ketosis), you seem to gain more fat in the mid section. This is called visceral fat, which is associated with a plethora of health issues. If you have a lot of visceral fat, you’re at higher risk for developing insulin resistance, which can lead to glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes. Then there’s over-nutrition (too many calories) Then there’s the good old calories in, calories out. Being in keto does not mean you’re on a magical diet and will lose weight if you eat too many calories, sorry. Lowering your calorie intak Continue reading >>

Cheating On Your Diet May Actually Help You Lose Weight

Cheating On Your Diet May Actually Help You Lose Weight

Researchers say going on and off diets every two weeks can result in more weight loss. The reason may be related to your body's "famine reaction." Everyone has a trick or dieting tip that helped them shed 5, 15, or even 55 pounds. Drink this three times a day. Eat that once a week. Take this daily. As strict diets such as the keto diet and intermittent fasting are gaining steam, it seems there’s nothing most Americans won’t do to drop a few pounds. But the reality is, weight loss typically comes down to two things: eat less and move more. Now, a study published in the International Journal of Obesity says the “eat less” portion of the weight-loss equation may need a little adjustment. Cheat to lose? The study from researchers at the University of Tasmania found that people who dieted for two weeks and then didn’t restrict their calories for two weeks actually lost more weight and more fat than people who dieted continuously. For the study, 51 obese men were assigned to one of two groups. The first group cut calories by one-third for 16 weeks. The second group cut calories by one-third for two weeks and then took a “break” and ate their maintenance level of calories for two weeks. They repeated these “cheat breaks” for the full 16 weeks of the study. At the end of the study, the men who took the break from their diets lost about 50 percent more weight than the men in the other group. Plus, they shed more fat than the control group. Six months later, the researchers did a follow-up to see how well the weight loss was maintained. Both groups regained some weight, but the men who used breaks during their diet were still on average 18 pounds lighter than men in the control group. What’s so great about cheat breaks? Dieting requires you to eat fewer calori Continue reading >>

Top 15 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight On A Low-carb Diet

Top 15 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight On A Low-carb Diet

Weight loss isn’t a linear process. 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 going downwards. Many people lose a lot of weight in the first week of low-carbing, but it is mostly water weight. 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. To make sure that you’re losing, use something other than just the scale (which is a big, fat liar). Use a measuring tape to measure your waist circumference and have your body fat percentage measured every month or so. 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: Weight loss isn’t linear and there’s a lot more to weight than just body fat. Be patient and use other ways of measuring than just the scale. Some people are more carb sensitive than others. If you’re eating low-carb and your weight starts to plateau, then you may want to cut back on carbs even further. In that case, go under 50 grams of carbs per day. When you go under 50 grams per day then you’re going to have to eliminate most fruits from your diet, although you can have berries in small amounts. If that doesn’t work either, going under 20 grams temporarily can work… eating just protein, healthy fats and leafy green vegetables. To make sure that you’re really eating low-carb, create a free account on Fitday and log your food intake for a while. Bottom Line: If you ar 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 >>

Keto Plateau: Why Weight Loss Is Not A Linear Process

Keto Plateau: Why Weight Loss Is Not A Linear Process

If you have been on a keto diet for a few weeks strictly without cheating and seeing the scale number going down steadily every day and then one day it suddenly stops for a few days or even goes up a bit, you’re wondering what you are doing wrong. Well, here is the answer: Nothing. Nothing is wrong. First of all, you need to understand that weight loss is NOT a linear process. Most people think if you follow a diet strictly, your body weight will drop consistently every day, that means the number you see on the scale today should always be smaller than yesterday. This is not often the case. It is very normal for your body weight to fluctuate up and down by a few pounds. Some days you may lose, while other days you may gain a little bit of weight. During your first week of keto, you’ll drop a lot of water weight. This is because your body burns through the glycogen (complex chains of glucose stored in your liver and muscles). Each gram of glycogen is stored in the muscle with at least 3 g of water (1). After the first couple of weeks, your body will start to adjust and find a new balance, and your glycogen stores refill. Yes, your body can still refill some glycogen stores in muscles through a ketogenic diet. This means a bit of water will also be restored again. That explains why you see a few pound gain or the scale isn’t moving. There are many other reasons why the scale doesn’t go down or even increases a little compared to the last time you weigh yourself. Here are just a few reasons: You may be carrying more food in your digestive system, especially when you are constipated and you haven’t released the wastes for a few days. You weigh yourself after eating a meal or drinking a glass of water. A standard glass of water contains 240ml of water, which is app Continue reading >>

Avoiding—and Conquering—that Weight Loss Plateau

Avoiding—and Conquering—that Weight Loss Plateau

You’ve been humming along, the pounds have been dropping, then bam! Several weeks in a row…NOTHING! Yet, you did the same thing as the previous weeks and you had lost, so what’s up? You’ve hit the dreaded weight loss plateau! Many feel like throwing in the towel at this point because “it’s not working”. Don’t do it! Reaching a plateau in your weight loss journey is very common. Pretty much everyone runs headfirst into that weight loss wall at one time or another if you didn’t plan ahead, so you are not alone! I can teach you how to safely get off that plateau and avoid it in the future. For good! We’ve incorporated three plateau prevention tools into our carb cycling plan which focuses on alternating high-carb and low-carb days to optimize fat burn and weight loss. In order to successfully avoid a plateau, you do need to utilize all three tools. Tool #1: Reward Days or Reward Meals Reward yourself! It may sound counter-productive to eat more, to lose, but it works! Reward Days and Reward Meals are just what the name implies—you get to eat any of those foods you’ve been craving for either a meal or a whole day! And I do mean any—nothing is excluded. Depending on which carb cycle you’re following, you’ll either eat one Reward Meal every high-carb day (Easy Cycle), or have one Reward Day every week (Classic, Turbo, Fit, and Extreme Cycles). How can you still lose weight and get off that plateau by eating those types of foods? Here’s how: Over time (usually in 4-12 weeks), your body adapts to your eating routine and your metabolism slows down, and that’s when your weight loss can come to a dead stop. By making a dramatic change in calories and foods, you fake out your body and snap it out of that routine! Sneaky, huh? Also, rewarding yourse Continue reading >>

Complete Guide To Fat Fast

Complete Guide To Fat Fast

Before I get to the details of what fat fast is and how to do it, I should mention that this is a tweaked version of the original. One difference is the decreased minimum intake of fat and the second is the reduced number of meals a day. Both of these are explained in this post and are just optional - it will be up to you which path you choose. For your convenience, I have also created a PDF version of this guide that you can download here! The Fat Fast is not a new concept, it has been around for many years. The first proponent of using fat fast to break through a weight loss plateau or "reset" a cheat day was Dr Robert Atkins himself in his best-selling book Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution. In 2013 Dana Carpender, the best-selling author of books about low-carb and ketogenic diets, published her Fat Fast Cookbook. If you want to try fat fast, you should get her book. It contains 50 delicious and easy to prepare recipes, enough to stay away from boring monotonous meals! Keep in mind that not all ingredients in her book are paleo-friendly and you may need to make small adjustments to fit your needs. What Is Fat Fast? Although most of you probably know how the ketogenic diet works, I'll give you a quick overview before I get to the fat fast itself. Ketogenic and other low-carb diets have been around for a long time. Most low-carbs diets, including the ketogenic diet, can are used for weight loss and offer numerous health benefits. In fact, very low-carb ketogenic diets have been used to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as epilepsy or Alzheimer's for decades. Currently, they are also shown to have potential use in cancer treatment. We have all been told that all calories are the same no matter where they come from. This advice has been proven to be false and despite al Continue reading >>

Low Carb Cheat Day

Low Carb Cheat Day

Diet stalls are frustrating. You limit carbs but the scale ignores you. A low carb cheat day may help by shaking up your metabolism. Here’s scientific proof and a plan to do it right. Why cheat days burn more fat How to plan your perfect low carb cheat day The days before and after you cheat How does cheating help? Your body adapts to physical routines and ways of eating – eventually. Diet progress stalls and we plateau. Cheat days shake things up a bit, metabolically speaking. If you’re not seeing progress on low carb, cheating on your diet can help. To get started, schedule six low carb days, followed by one (wonderful) cheat day. When to Cheat on Your Diet Your low carb cheat day allows extra carbs, preferably in the form of slow carbs: sweet potatoes, beans or nuts – foods allowed after the Atkins Induction phase. If you’re just starting Atkins, a low carb cheat day is generally NOT recommended. Wait a few months, see if your progress slows, then revisit the idea. Why Cheat Days Help Burn Fat Low carb cheat days sound counterproductive. Actually, it’s a key to faster fat loss. As our body adapts to routine, leptin levels drop and weight loss slows. Leptin is a hormone that controls metabolism and hunger cravings. After a few weeks of dieting, leptin levels drop and we store more fat. Outsmart Your Metabolism Use a low carb cheat day to outsmart your body. Eating more calories, carbs and fat one day a week raises leptin levels. Raising leptin levels keeps your body primed for rapid fat loss all week. How to Cheat on Your Diet Cheat days boost fat burning and weight loss – but only when you cheat in a sensible way. Have a Plan Budget your calories for what matters most. Track/count the extra carbs you’re eating. Be realistic – don’t go crazy. Don Continue reading >>

Egg Fast Diet Menu Plan (low Carb & Keto) And Faqs

Egg Fast Diet Menu Plan (low Carb & Keto) And Faqs

Ok, so I’m finally posting the Egg Fast Diet menu plan! For those of you who are just catching up, I did a 5 day egg fast diet to break through a stall and get back on track with my weight loss on a keto/lchf diet. My final results were that I lost 7.4 lbs during the five days (and felt great!), then gained back .5 over the 2 days I was off the diet (typical.) I plan to do another three days starting Monday to see if I’ll lose again or if it was a one time thing. I’ll continue to post my results daily on the IBIH Facebook page and Instagram. If you’re interested in trying the Egg Fast Diet and want more details about what it is, how it works, etc., you can check out my post about it here. Basically on an egg fast you are consuming eggs, butter (or other pure and healthy fat like olive oil or coconut oil), and cheese, with a few exceptions for low carb condiments like hot sauce, mustard, etc. The egg fast ratio is to eat 1 Tbsp fat for each egg consumed and up to 1 oz cheese for each egg consumed. (Scroll down to go directly to the plan.) Before I go any further I should make it clear that I am not a doctor, nurse, or even a nutritionist. This is just me telling you what I’ve done, what the results were, and what my opinions are regarding the egg fast diet and why it works for many people. It may or not be for you – and only you can make that decision. If you have previously existing health conditions, it’s probably wise to consult with your doctor before undertaking an extremely low carb plan like this one. If you start and are really feeling poorly – don’t ignore any danger signs or red flags – stop immediately. It’s not worth risking your life over – if your body doesn’t respond well to this, I’m sure there are other things that will work f Continue reading >>

Keto Cheat! Getting Back On Track

Keto Cheat! Getting Back On Track

At some point along your Keto journey, you may face the adversity of derailing and becoming a keto cheat. It might be at the start of your journey as your body and mind is adapting to your new lifestyle, it could be whilst you are on holiday or perhaps it could be the result of a single moment of weakness. Rest assured, it happens to most of us. Let’s face it, we’re all human and non of us are perfect. The key to overcoming falling off the wagon is to accept that it has happened, stop making excuses and get straight back on track. It most definitely helps to know what triggers your own inner food demons. Everyone is different and some lucky people may never ever experience the urge to derail – I am literally green with envy of these fortunate few! Familiarise yourself with the kinds of circumstances and situations that may cause you to derail with the very best intentions of avoidance. Keto Cheat: Why might it happen? There are lots of reasons we often derail: Boredom Not feeling strong enough to fight off the cravings Emotional or comfort eating Consuming too much alcohol resulting in bad decision making! Step away from the greasy pizza as you stagger home from a heavy night out! A weight plateau within the first few weeks/ month of beginning keto can make you feel disheartened – old eating habits may start to creep back in. The likely reason for the plateau is that you are not yet fully keto adapted so hang on in there! Social eating whilst out may make it difficult to choose a keto friendly option when faced with so many sugary, carby alternatives! Especially when your dining partners are all indulging! Artificial sweeteners and sugars can trigger cravings for sweet foods, which can lead to a sugar binge! I speak from first hand experience on this example. If 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 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 >>

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