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Mysterious Weight Gain Or Stalls While Eating Low Carb

Mysterious Weight Gain Or Stalls While Eating Low Carb

In my last low carb update I said I was still steadily losing weight. And I was. WAS being the key word, lol. The tables turned, and now I’m gaining weight just as steadily! I weighed 151.6 pounds on Wednesday morning. This morning (Saturday) I am up to 154.4 pounds. Yesterday it was 153.4, so it’s creeping up steadily lol. I gained almost 3 pounds in 3 days! This is a hot topic around the low carb communities, so I thought we’d discuss it (and the possible reasons it happens) since I’m experiencing it this week myself. I’ve included my complete Low Carb Diaries for the last 3 days below too, because you should always start by analyzing your food diaries for any changes or additions that might be causing your weight to fluctuate or stall. You can see Monday & Tuesday’s Low Carb Foods here, and Wed/Thurs/Fri are below if you want to view the entire week. TIP: When analyzing your food diaries, if you have more than one thing you’re doing or eating that’s new/different, you want to do a “clean test” to figure out your culprits. Cut out or change just one thing at a time for a solid week, keeping everything else the same. If you’re not tracking everything, you should be. What To Track, And HOW To Track It – Easily! 4 Things To Check If You’re Not Losing Weight NOTE: If you’re just in week two or three of eating low carb, seeing a brief “hold” or even slight flucutations on the scale is totally NORMAL. That’s just your body adjusting to the initial weight loss. In that case – or even if you just started over and got back into ketosis – just keep doing what obviously worked so well the first week or so and let your body adjust. That “week 2/3 stall” is NOT a stall, and is NOT a time to throw in the towel or make any drastic changes! P 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 >>

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 >>

5 Days Of Egg Fast | My Sweet Keto

5 Days Of Egg Fast | My Sweet Keto

A lot of people, especially those on LCHF and keto diets , do 5 Days ofEgg Fast to break their weightloss stall. Surprisingly, it works for a majorityof them if we are to believewhat they report on social networks and forums. I havent been able to find any real scientific explanation to why it works but have my thoughts (that might change in the future if I get more clues). Basically, on an Egg Fast, you only eat eggs , healthy fats, and full-fat cheese for 3 to 5 days in a row. You are supposed to eat at least 6 eggs a day, and 1 Tbsp of fat for each egg consumed. The number of ouncesof cheese eatenshould not exceed the number of eggs eaten on each day. If you follow these simple guidelines, you get macronutrients nicely balanced outat the end of the day: Extremelylow carb, high fat, and moderate protein. Thats what the keto diet is all about, except that on Egg Fast, theres practically no fiber intake (no greens, seeds, meals, etc.). Because of this, in my personal opinion, thediet should be kept short-term. Additionally, I think magnesium , potassium , and vitamin supplements should be taken daily. And plenty of water drunk (10 cupsa day, at least).But I am no doctor, so take my advice as an opinion. So, why does the diet work? I think, most of all, one gets rid of plenty of water on Egg Fast. But peoplekeep reporting successful weight loss or weight maintenance for a prolongedperiod, following the fast.So, it is possible theres some hormonal stuff going on in the background, which influences bodys metabolism. Or the other way around. Anyhow, Ill be quite glad once I get to read some research on this (if ever). In case you havent been familiar with Egg Fast, Im listing the rules that one should supposedlyfollow on the diet if they want to break their stall: One has 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

Low-carb diets are very effective. That is a scientific fact. However, as with any diet, people sometimes stop losing before they reach their desired weight. Here are the top 15 reasons why you're 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. 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... eat Continue reading >>

Stalled Weight Loss In Ketosis?

Stalled Weight Loss In Ketosis?

I have been in ketosis for about a week and a half now and rapidly lost about 7-8lbs during the first 7 days. However, for the past 3 days I haven't lost much and have not experienced a boost in energy. I have moderate amounts of ketones in my urine (40 mg/dl) and seem to have plateaued here. Is this normal? Anything I can do to resume weight loss? What should I be experience as the level of ketones in my urine continues to rise? Is there a point where it could get too high? Anything to watch out for? 1 Worst Carb After Age 50 If you're over 50 and you eat this carb, you will never lose belly fat. HealthPlus50 Thanks for the help! Continue reading >>

8 Reasons For A Weight Loss Stall On Keto

8 Reasons For A Weight Loss Stall On Keto

You might be a few weeks in, or a few months in to your Keto weight loss journey when suddenly – nothing. No weight drop, no centimetres gone. Your weight loss has stalled even though you are doing everything the same as you always have.A weight loss stall on keto can be really frustrating and a bit disheartening as well, but don’t give in. It is crucial to remember that the Ketogenic way of eating is not a quick fix, it’s not a crash diet and it’s not overnight. You are making a lifestyle change that will affect the rest of your life. What else have you learnt that has such a dramatic change, that hasn’t come with it’s own share of trial and error, mistakes and research? We are all different, and will all react differently to Keto. Your current state of health is an accumulation of everything you have done to this point, so it is a matter of trial and error. I have compiled the below information throughout my time on Keto and hope that it helps you on your journey. There’s a lot of information here, so sit back, grab a bullet proof coffee and take your time. The first step is identifying whether you are actually in a stall. Early on, I used to start panicking when my weight stayed the same for more than 3 or 4 days and start researching like crazy. It is key to remember that a few days, or even 1 or 2 weeks, is not necessarily a stall. Once you get to 3 – 4 weeks at the same weight and measurements is when you can start assessing what is happening to break that stall. Your body isn’t going to lose weight every day. Burning fat is a complex process, and your body doesn’t burn fat and lose weight at the same time – it does one and then the other. You might have heard of ‘The Whoosh Effect”. This theory is that as you burn fat, sometimes you’ll Continue reading >>

Top 10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

Top 10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

These are the top 10 reasons you’re not losing weight on a low carb diet. A great FREE printable for the fridge and an easy reminder to stay on track. Just click on the image below to save the PDF for printing. UPDATE – watch the quick video below. No compatible source was found for this media. Top 10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight Eating LCHF Too Many Carbohydrates – are carbs starting to sneak back into your diet? Be honest and start tracking everything using KetoDietApp. A little treat here and there adds up. Some are more carb sensitive (or insulin resistant) than others. I know that my carbs have to be around 50g/day to be feeling great and in control of my appetite. Lower than that and I will lose a little bit of weight, above that and I know my weight loss will stall. I generally go between 35-70g/day without too much tracking because I have done it for so long. Too Much Fruit – yes I use berries on my breakfast and desserts, but that is it. I allow my children to eat fruit (without gorging) as they are fit, healthy and in the normal weight range. For me, the sugar and fructose in fruit is too much. Sure, enjoy it as a treat and eat only low carb nutritent dense berries. See fruit as an occasional sweet treat. Packed with fibre, antioxidants, nutrients……… “If you are overweight, fruit is not your friend” Too much Dairy – my biggest downfall is milk. I love my lattes and flat whites. Now milk is great, full of protein and calcium, but it also contains about 5% carbs. A latte can range from 9g to 15g carbs depending on the size you choose. Most dairy such as milk, cream and yoghurt contains approximately 4- 5% but you are more likely to drink a large glass of milk, eat a bowl of yoghurt or drink a large latte than eat 250g of full fat cheese 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 >>

Why Am I Not Losing Weight During Second Week Of Ketogenic Diet?

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 >>

Ketogenic Diet Diary – Day 23 – Weight Loss Stall / Plateau- No Change In Measurements

Ketogenic Diet Diary – Day 23 – Weight Loss Stall / Plateau- No Change In Measurements

Ketogenic Diet Diary – 2017 Day 23 It has been a pretty average week nothing major to report. I have been sleeping well for the past few days and find myself awaking earlier in the mornings even if i went to bed late the night before. My depression has been under control for a few weeks now…it’s always there but I am able to push it aside this past week by giving myself more projects at work. The evenings are still the worst and sometimes I get light cravings for sweet snacks but it is not as powerful a feeling as it was in the first couple of weeks. I am starting to experiment more with my evening meals and have discovered some new and tasty recipes that are low in carbs but are also very filling. One of those meals was a baked eggplant with mince and cheese. It tasted amazing and I will definitely be eating that again! I measured and weighed myself today and discovered no change in either a loss of weight or size. I wasn’t shocked because this is normal for keto diets. Here is a great explination I picked up from Reddit: “Fat loss and weight loss are two separate things, you’ll have swings in weight loss but your fat loss is constant as long as you keep a caloric deficit. After you lose the initial water weight you’ll slowly regain it as your body adapts to keto, this means that you can have rapid weight loss during the first three weeks and then a really slow loss (or plateau) for several weeks, sometimes months, when you gain back those 5-10 lbs of water. During all this time you’re still losing fat if you’re keeping a caloric deficit, the fluctuations is body weight (water, food in the digestive system) are just masking the fat loss. Say you’re at a caloric deficit of 500 kcal, the first three weeks you’ll lose 21 * 500 = 10,500 kcal, which is 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 >>

My Egg Fast Diet Results!

My Egg Fast Diet Results!

Keep in mind that I am an ultra slow loser and that I only followed this egg fast diet for 3-4 days a week and then regular LCHF for the rest of the week. The bottom line is that following the egg fast diet did break my stall! Update June 2017! This article was written after my 1st attempt at the Egg Fast in 2014. I have gone on to lose another 50 pounds and I give all the thanks for that to the Egg Fast for teaching me what my own stalling foods are. I’ve explained more below. If you do not know what the Egg Fast Diet is all about, read the egg fast guidelines here. Egg Fast Tracker App: This is a free app for Android that helps you keep track of your Egg to Fats ratios, plus your water and cheese consumption. Install the Egg Fast Tracker app here. Update: When I wrote this post I did not know how to properly transition from Egg Fast to regular LCHF. After being an admin in the Egg Fast Stall Breaker group for a few months I am very clear now on how to make a successful Egg Fast transition. In fact, I follow the transition plan now almost all the time. It is a great tool for ongoing weight loss after the Egg Fast. Week 1: Tuesday morning after Easter weekend I weighed: 264.1 Blecchh! I followed the Egg fast diet Tues-Thursday. Friday May 2 I weighted 254.4 for a total loss of 9.7 pounds! Week 2: After going back to regular LCHF from Friday to Sunday, I was back up 3 pounds to 257.4 pounds, which I was told was to be expected. Followed Egg Fast Diet Monday to Thursday. Friday May 9 weight 255.4. Total net loss 8.7 pounds. Week 3: Followed LCHF from Friday May 9 to Sunday May 11. Went back to Egg Fast Diet on Monday May 12. I decided to try it for a full 5 days, which for me turned out to be a tactical error. Friday morning weight was 251.5 for a total loss of 12.6 pou Continue reading >>

How To Break A Weight Loss Plateau – Without Starving Yourself

How To Break A Weight Loss Plateau – Without Starving Yourself

I’ve been there and I know you have too. You tried your best. You lost weight. You gave it everything and it hurt. And then it all stopped. You still went out there and exercised harder. You watched everything you ate. Nothing happened. The Plateau The human body is incredibly adaptive, and will do its level best to maintain equilibrium (homeostasis). The plateauing effect is the biggest motivation-killer there is. Unfortunately many popular diet books are strangely quiet on the issue — weight loss plateaus don’t make good testimonials. Yet they happen to most people. What You Must Do Now The best single word of advice is to make a change. Don’t make the mistake of doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result (Ben Franklin’s definition of insanity). What changes can you make? 1. Alter Macro-nutrient Intake: Flexible Dieting Although it sounds complicated, once again, the idea is to change what you are eating. If (for example) you are eating a moderate diet that is higher in carbohydrates – try eating less carbs and more protein. There is no need to get super-technical over the whole thing. If you have a carbohydrate snack every day at morning tea time – change it to a protein snack. This is known as flexible dieting or If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM), which tracks macros instead of just calories. People like it because it isn’t restrictive and encourages people to eat according to what their body needs instead of just a generic calorie amount such as 1200 or 1500. Eating too little can actually stall your weight loss. Some examples: Instead of eating a fruit snack, eat a handful of nuts. If your diet is heavily bread-based, try reducing this and increasing the protein (say a tin of tuna, or chicken.) Don’t be afraid to eat fat, it’s Continue reading >>

How To Deal With Stalls

How To Deal With Stalls

Whether you call them stalls or plateaus or some other name involving a string of profanities that might embarrass a salty Navy Chief, stalls are natural. They are also frustrating, but you can’t make progress without them. When you hit a stall, you’re experiencing your body’s search for equilibrium. Let’s back up a second What is a stall? Well, typically, people call a stall any period of time where they don’t see the number on the scale get any lower. While, personally, I don’t like that measure, it’s the most common. The more important thing to consider, when assessing progress, is how loose your clothes are. If your clothes are continuing to get loose and the scale number isn’t moving…that’s not a stall. That’s just more proof that the scale isn’t useful as a tool for progress. However, if your clothes are not getting looser, and you’re continuing to eat ketogenically, then you are experiencing a stall. One further exception is someone who has achieved successful fat loss and no longer has any need to lose more. That’s maintenance mode, not a stall. How to break the stall It’s important to remember this: You might not be able to break the stall. That’s just a potentially frustrating fact of life. Some people will achieve a level of equilibrium or homeostasis and that’s that; their body has regulated itself to the best of its genetic ability and nothing will coax it any more. Now, having said that, that’s a rare situation. The vast majority of people have plenty of options for breaking through a stall. Drink more water Water has a way of fixing a lot of things, so long as you keep it out of your lungs. Water in your lungs is never a good idea. But, otherwise, drinking water has a tendency to help resolve a lot of issues. You’ve p Continue reading >>

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