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Starting the low carb diet – my journey

Starting the low carb diet – my journey

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No weight loss on the low carb diet? – Find out why…

No weight loss on the low carb diet? – Find out why…

Experiencing no weight loss on the low carb diet can be frustrating…..

You have read everything, and even joined some social media groups to support your journey – however you are not losing as much weight as the rest of your peers (or even worse, you are not losing weight at all). I have experience with this problem. Fortunately for me,  not losing weight on a low carb diet did not last long because I realized what I was doing wrong…..

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5 Reasons you see no weight loss on the low carb diet

Wondering why low carb diets fail? A low carb diet not working is something that one can fix by making a few changes to the diet routine.

Lack Of Information & Poor planning


Lifestyle changes require proper planning and mental preparedness. Switching to a low carb lifestyle is no different. The first step should be absorbing as much information as possible:

  • Write down your weight loss and health goals
  • Understand how your chosen low carb diet works
  • Study the lists of acceptable foods
  • Clear your kitchen of the forbidden foods
  • Find a community of like-minded individuals




Lack of fiber

 

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There is a tendency among low carb dieters to turn the diet into a meat diet, including little or no veggies in most meals.

Vegetables and fruits help one to up their fiber intake, therefore improving the gut health and weight loss.

Bulk up on the green leafy vegetables and low carb fruits like strawberries for a more balanced plate.

These are also sources of carbs for your low carb diet, and they may prevent constipation (a common side effect of the low carb diet).
While they cannot substitute a whole food diet, one can supplement their fiber intake to help boost things along.  Your colon will also thank you for it.

 

Insufficient fat in your  diet

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A low carb diet may not be working due to insufficient fat that one consumes. More often than not, we make the mistake of taking protein in excess.

Fat, not protein, should be the food group that keeps one full for longer. Avoiding fat is normal as it has been receiving bad for coverage as the unhealthy food group.

Coconut oil, avocado oil, whole avocados, butter and olive oils are the best options for fat. Use them generously while sticking to a palm size of protein per meal.

Relying on low carb packaged foods

Most folk who complain about no weight loss on the low carb diet tend to eat more packaged foods. These low carb, convenience foods are meant to be treats. A healthy low carb diet must rely heavily on whole and natural foods.

=======>The Real Meal Revolution discusses this at length

The so-called low carb and sugar-free slab of chocolate may contain no less than 15g of carbs. At 25g of carbs per day, having chocolate leaves you with only 10g of carbs for the day. The idea is to get these from whole and nutritious food. If one sticks to the lifestyle with discipline,  cravings for these boxed foods should not be a problem at all.

Alcohol consumption could be the reason you see no weight loss on the low carb diet





I am not much of a drinker, but some people do struggle to abstain from alcohol for prolonged periods of time. Excess alcohol consumption will strain one’s liver health and due to its high-calorie content, will slow down weight loss.

Red wine (dry) is preferable for it is rich in antioxidants. Excessive drinking of the wine will just be as bad as taking any other alcohol beverage, though. The idea of a low carb lifestyle is to rely on real and whole foods for nutrition.

These are the common mistakes that often lead to no weight loss on the low carb diet.  In most instances, one needs to introduce small changes and their low carb lifestyle will be back on track!

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My Diary

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Starting the low carb diet is something I’ve been doing a lot lately (#embarrassed). My worst enemy is discipline and procrastination. In my head, I know that this way of life works for me. At some point, I was off the asthma meds, and exercise came easily for me.  Exercise is a challenge now as it tends to trigger asthma symptoms. I introduced all my three sisters to the low carb lifestyle…and guess who lost all their excess weight? Yes, all 3 of them except me. They stay in the same neighborhood, so I gather this makes it easy for them to support each other.  This little corner of my blog will be my support structure – striving to post weekly (as a minimum).

My preparations for starting the low carb diet

  • I decided not to overthink this – so I woke up and fixed breakfast that complies with the guidelines. That included fried eggs (in coconut oil), steamed mushrooms, and Greek salad.

Rule 1: Keep it straight and stupidly simple 👍 #lowcarb #lowcarbdiet #weightloss

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  • Log weight weekly – I’ve re-activated my MFP account for this purpose. I don’t intend to log the food as such. I will be using the app to track my weight. You cannot manage what you don’t measure.
  • Setting aside my favorite pair of denim pants to measure my progress.  I bought this particular denim a while ago, and I was confident that it would fit me some day. Now is as good a time as any to test this theory (and also avoid being deluded by the scale)
  • Tomorrow is grocery shopping day, so I’ll be cautious not to buy cereals and other sugary stuff – except what my nine-year-old daughter needs for breakfast.  Hubby does not mind at all to follow a low carb way of life (while at home though), so in this case, the problem is me.  The success on starting the low carb diet  stands and falls on me.
  • Plan my meals – starting the low carb diet without preparation is what delays my progress. I’ll make a point to draft a simple meal plan to guide my meal preparations.   I will leave the intricate recipes for weekends and some other days.  Going the complicated route can squeeze one’s joy out of this journey.
I will be using this guide as a start: Best foods for a low carb diet

How much weight do I need to lose on the low carb diet?

Seeing that I am not a body builder or an expecting mother, I tend to follow the BMI measurements.  I understand that this does not apply to everyone, but I have no reason to dispute it.  It has proven to be accurate in my case.

I have 27 kg (59 lbs approx) to lose, but 50% of that will still make me a happy person.  I’m putting everything out here, so you can track my progress (by scrolling down the right-hand sidebar). There you will find my MFP progress badge…something similar to the above posted one.

Exercising on a low carb diet

Besides doing some ab and light exercises, I cannot commit to an exercise regimen at this point. Asthma makes it almost impossible.

Anticipated challenges?

starting the low carb dietIt is true that if you anticipate glitches in the future, you put measures in place to combat them.  My main difficulty is the tea hour after our church services. The cakes and other baked goods just make it impossible to say no.

On the other hand – I do not want to make this (the cakes thing) a once in a week habit. I have wheat and dairy allergies, which exacerbate the asthma problem. Me avoiding the cake goodies is also my way of taking care of my health (something I believe to be bigger than my need to look good on my clothes).

In the past, I also fell for the “eat all the fat you want” approach, and while it may have worked for others, not so much for me. This delayed progress on my side until I just gave up.  The most important thing is that vegetable oils are no longer used in our home, as we have been coconut oil fans for months now.

Other than all the challenges I anticipate upon starting the low carb diet, I do not intend to complicate my starting the low carb diet.  I will try to keep the meals as simple as possible, continue to blog here, while also posting useful information that supports others who are embarking on a similar journey.

I hope you will stick around and cheer me..“Go Zee!