Low carb diets are good for weight loss. This is scientifically proven. However, as with any other diet, we may very well end up reaching stagnation before reaching the desirable weight.
Even though caloric deficiency is the supreme rule that we must take into account when we watch weight loss, there are still a lot of metabolic processes and individual sensitivities that you have to follow to assess progress.
Why don’t I lose weight even though I eat a few carbs?
Let’s see the main reasons why we do not lose weight even though we keep the carbohydrate consumption below the classic one.
1. You burn fat but you don’t realize it
Weight loss is not a linear process. If you weigh yourself daily, then you will definitely have certain days where you will see how the number decreases and others where the number grows. This does not mean that the diet does not work, as long as you keep it up and down.
Many people lose a lot of weight during the first week when they are on low carb. This is because you lose much of the water retained in the body. The weight loss will decrease significantly after this initial phase.
Of course, water elimination from tissues is not the same as burning fat. It is possible, especially if you have just started going to the gym, lifting and pushing weights and you are in the phase where you can gain muscle mass and loose weight at the same time.
If you want to make sure you are burning fat, I advise you not to rely on the scales as they do not show you any relevant results. Use a centimeter for waist circumference and measure your percentage body fat monthly.
You can also take pictures; take into account the way clothes look on you. If you look thinner and your clothes are wider, then you are clearly losing fat, regardless of the weight your scale shows.
Conclusion: Weight loss is not a linear process and there are many more aspects to consider than body fat. Be patient and use other methods to evaluate evolution.
2. You are not lowering your carbohydrate intake sufficiently
Some people are more sensitive to carbohydrates.
If you are on a low carb diet and see that you reach stagnation, then you will have to lower your carbohydrate intake even more.
In this case, we are talking about 50 grams of carbs per day. When you eat less than 50 grams of carbs daily, it will mean eliminating most of the fruits from the diet, being able to keep the berries in a small amount.
If this does not work out either, then you could decrease the amount to 20 grams of carbs daily, eating only protein, healthy fat and vegetable with green leaves.
In order to make sure that you are truly eating few carbs, make a monitoring account of the macro and micro nutrients and also, a specialized site where you can introduce the aliments you consume for a period.
Conclusion: if you are sensible to carbs, then it is possible to be ideally to eliminate even the fruits in order to eat less than 50 grams of carbs a day.
3. You are stressed all the time
Unfortunately it is not always enough to eat healthy and play sports. We need to make sure that our body functions optimally and that the hormonal environment is favorable.
When you are permanently stressed, your body enters a constant state of “fight or run” – having high levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol. This can lead to an increase in appetite and, although for some it would be a great joy, it generally increases the appetite for unhealthy products, not for healthy eating.
If you want to reduce stress, try meditation and deep breathing exercises. Set aside the Facebook and sitting in front of the computer and choose instead to read a book.
Conclusion: chronic stress can have negative effects over the hormonal system by increasing the appetite for junk food and stopping the possibility to loose weight.
4. You don’t eat real food
A low carbohydrate diet does not just reduce to a lower carbohydrate intake. You will need to replace those carbohydrates with real, nutritious foods.
If you’ve heard of special products for low-carb diets like Atkins bars, I’d say to throw them away. They are not healthy.
Choose meat from organic sources, fish, eggs, vegetables and healthy fats if you need to lose weight.
In principle, any product created especially for a diet, like bread or salty bread sticks for weight loss (what does that even mean?!) should be limited to rare pleasures. The same applies to protein bars, as they are not good for muscle mass or weight loss, as such, keep them as a rare sweet.
Equally important is eating enough fat. If you try to reduce your carbohydrate intake but also your fat intake, you will feel a deep hunger and you will feel like hell.
If you consume only protein, you can be convinced that it will be a bad idea. The best way to get into ketosis is to have a low carbohydrate intake, high in fat and moderate in protein, in order to create an ideal fat burning environment.
The bottom line: you need to replace carbohydrates with real, nutritious foods. To lose weight, eat meat, fish, eggs, healthy fats and vegetables.
I hope you have patience until the following articles for other reasons why you do not lose weight even though you eat few carbohydrates.
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