Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Not Losing Body weight on a Low Carbohydrates Diet? Here is What To Do

Are you on a low-carb diet, but not losing weight?
Perhaps you lost some weight in the beginning but now the scale won’t budge?
This article will show you how to get that thing moving again.

Not Losing Weight on a Low Carb Diet?

I like low-carb diets.
I honestly think they are a strong weapon against some of the biggest health problems in the world.
That being said, we’re all unique and it doesn’t work for everyone.
Some people don’t like it, but most of those who give it an honest try do great. Most people even lose a lot of weight without restricting calories, at least in the beginning.
Then, after a few weeks/months, the dreaded plateau may show up. The weight “melted off” in the beginning but suddenly it has come to a grinding halt.
Here are a few suggestions for you to try if you’ve plateaued or aren’t getting the results you expected.

Weight Loss Isn’t a Linear Process

Our bodies are made up of many different tissues. The fat tissue under our skin and the large hunk of fat inside our abdomen are those that we are trying to get rid of.
However, our bodies are made up of 60% water (give or take) and other tissues such as muscle and bone also contribute to a significant portion of our total body weight.
If you’ve recently started exercising, then good chances are that you’re adding some muscle mass to your frame.
If you’re female, then your weight may fluctuate slightly according to your hormonal cycles.
Your weight may also be affected by what you ate yesterday, your hydration status, how long since you visited the toilet. All those things can cause minor fluctuations in body weight.
Therefore, even if the scale doesn’t budge a few days or even weeks, it doesn’t mean you’re not losing body fat.

How to Know if You’re Actually Stalling

The scale is a useful tool, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.
What I recommend is to have your body fat measured once every month or so. You can also use a simple measuring tape to measure the circumference around your waist, arms and thighs.
A great idea is to also photograph yourself in the mirror every 2-4 weeks or so, without clothes. You might be surprised at the progress you’re making.
Some people don’t even use a scale. They go by how they feel, how they look and how their clothes fit.

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