weight loss has stopped what am I doing wrong?
experiences a slowing down or stopping of weight loss at some point
in their diet. Listed below are a few things that may help you understand
why and what you can do to get moving again.
Water is essential to weight loss for those who eat low-carb.
The minimum consumed in a day should be
levels of ketones in the blood stream can lead to a reduction in
ketone production, therefore being well hydrated could aid in keeping
the levels low and ketone production ongoing. Consuming enough water
can have many other positive side effects: aids your kidneys with
the processing of protein, reduces the retention of water, helps
with preventing constipation, and reduces the levels of ketones
released by your breath, which in-turn will reduce breath odour.
Citric acid, a common ingredient in diet drinks, can stall weight
loss for some lowcarbers. If you are sensitive to this ingredient
it can slow you down.
Many lowcarbers drink caffeine and still lose weight. You may
want to wean yourself off caffeine to see if it helps. In Atkins'
book, The New Diet Revolution, it says that you aren't allowed caffeine
because it triggers an insulin response, but that information has
since been found to be incorrect. The insulin response that Atkins
saw in his patients was more likely due to citric acid. Do keep
in mind that one cup of coffee can have roughly .6g of carbs, so
make sure to add those into your daily carb allowance.
Dairy can be a problem for some people. If you experience slow
or stalled weight loss try reducing or eliminating dairy, especially
cheese. Some have found better results by cutting all dairy. Although
cheese is allowed on lowcarb plans it does seem to effect weight
loss if consumed in high quantities.
Nitrites - found in processed meats like hot dogs and bacon
can cause problems for some, you may want to monitor their effect.
This is an area that seems to vary a great deal between individuals.
While it is true that many alcohol products contain few carbs, alcohol
itself is a fuel source. The body will choose to burn alcohol before
any other source of fuel. However, many people have reported that
they are able to consume moderate amounts of alcohol while on low-carb
without having any problems. As most people are already aware, alcohol
has a depressant effect which lowers inhibitions, including those
that could stop you from overeating and making poor food choices.
Many women find that their progress is affected by their menstrual
cycle. After a few months, you will have an idea of how your cycle
affects weight loss, and you will be able to take it into account
when measuring your losses. People have noted the following interactions
between low carb eating and the menstrual cycle in women include:
heightened carb cravings in the second half of the cycle, ketosis
levels dropping or disappearing altogether, differences in the amount
and severity of cramps, changes in the heaviness and timing of the
cycle. Additionally it has been noted that a low-carb diet is very
helpful to women with PCOS.
Although getting adequate protein is of vital importance on
a low-carb plan, taking in too much protein can also be a problem.
You will need enough dietary protein to avoid any muscle loss and
to produce some necessary glucose. Protein is converted to glucose
at a rate of roughly 58%. Therefore, too much protein can produce
too much glucose. If you are having problems with staying in ketosis
(or getting into ketosis), you may need to track your intake of
protein and then make adjustments. It is highly recommended that
you don't restrict your intake of protein in the initial adaptation
stage of starting a low-carb plan.
One of the recurring issues of stalls and labelling discrepancies
regards many of the low-carb protein bars currently on the market.
While the true carb count of the bars is low, most of these bars
contain glycerine. Although glycerine is not a carb, it can be metabolised
like a carb by some individuals. Additionally, it can cause muscle
cells to hold water, hence its use by some athletes.
There are a number of medicines that can interfere with weight
loss, the worst offenders are the psychotropic drugs; phenothiazines,
tranquillisers, anti-depressants, etc. The next are hormones such
as oestrogen, prednisolone and other steroids. Many anti-arthritic
drugs especially NSAIDS, diuretics and to a lesser degree other
cardiovascular medications. You cannot stop these medications! Atkins
suggests that you can gradually replace the drug with diet and suitable
supplements. Do not stop medications without consulting your Doctor!!!
A significant percentage of people, who have difficulty losing
weight, have an under-active thyroid. The typical symptoms are;
mental and physical slowness, lethargy, memory loss, heavy periods,
a hoarse voice, increased weight and intolerance of the cold. The
eyes may become swollen, the skin dry, and the hair lifeless.
Constipation is also common. You can ask your doctor for a thyroid
function test if you think you may have this condition.
more information: http://www.bupa.co.uk/health_information/html/organ/thyroid.html