Sometimes when you are losing weight you might experience a plateau or stall in your weight loss. This is normal from time to time. When a weight loss plateau happens it can be frustrating especially if you haven’t hit your goal weight. What happens sometimes with following a low carb diet, the weight drops for a while, even months and then suddenly it is like you hit a brick wall and your weight doesn’t want to move.
The good news is that with a few simple tweaks to what you are doing, you can always break through a low carb plateau and get moving with the weight loss again.
Stress is probably the number one reason people over 50 see their weight loss stall. What happens is our body wants to protect us when we are stressed so our bodies tend to stop releasing the fat. The best thing to do in this case is to simply relax and not worry so much about the scale.
Eliminating the stress in your life can be helpful. But sometimes it isn’t easy especially if the stress is something created by others or a job. But you can do things that can help you deal with the stress in your life. I like to meditate or simply take a walk. I also find it relaxing to write on my blogs or to read a book. It really is up to you, just try to have some rest and relaxation time in your life.
Eating Too Much
Sometimes after we lose the initial weight we continue to eat the same amount of food as when we were losing weight. But the reality is you will not need to eat as much when you are smaller. By cutting back on your portions you may find that the weight will start to come off again.
Too Many Carbs
Often without being aware of it, you could be adding back more carbs than you realize. It starts with one little addition and the next thing you know, you are knocked out of fat burning. So try to keep your carb intake at 20% or below. For example, I have to really watch how many nuts I eat. They are so yummy and the carbs can add up quickly if I’m not careful. Remember to limit fruit and alcohol as well. They can easily knock you out of ketosis and therefore out of fat loss.
Not Enough Salt
This was a problem for me. I quickly realized that one thing processed food have an abundance of that “real food” doesn’t is sodium. And I was lacking it. So I found that by drinking bone broth every day will help me up my sodium intake. I also do a shot of pickle juice in the morning and at night. I know it probably sounds a little gross, but it does help.
I also like to add pink Himalayan salt to my veggies and meats as it helps to give me more trace minerals like that I may be missing like potassium and magnesium, iron and calcium.
Not Enough Water
This is another one that was hard for me. But you need to drink a lot of water in order to keep your body hydrated. I like to add Stevia Water enhancers to my filtered water. Just by having a bit a flavor I find it is much easier for me to drink more water.
I also make sure I have a cup of hot fresh lemon water daily as a detox.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
I’ve always been a good sleeper, but many folks struggle with getting a good night sleep. Most of the fat burning happens at night when we are sleeping. So it is important to get your full 7 to 9 hours daily.
Eating Too Much Protein
The great thing about a low carb diet is you get to eat lots of proteins but sometimes you can go overboard. so if you notice that you have hit a plateau take a look at how much protein you are eating daily. Just scaling back a bit may get you back into fat loss.
Eat When You’re Hungry
It is important to listen to your body. Those who use glucose for energy need to eat often as they will lose fuel and need more sugar and carbs for energy. But that isn’t the case for those of us who use fat for fuel. It is important to only eat when you feel hungry and stop eating when you are full.
You may notice that you might only need one or two meals a day. Sometimes it is easy to get back into old habits of using food as a crutch. The great thing about low carb, high fat is that it is easier to overcome the habit of snacking throughout the day.
Incorporate Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is something that people have been doing for years. While you are fasting you are giving your body a chance to rest the digestive system. It can be very healing to your body and mind. If it sounds hard then keep in mind your already fast every day. If you eat breakfast then you are actually breaking the fast from the last time you ate the night before. This is why it is called breakfast. You can learn more about intermittent fasting here.
Track Your Ketone Levels
Most people can tell when they are in Ketosis, however, sometimes it is difficult to tell. I like to use ketone strips as a way to check and make sure I am still in ketosis.
Go No Carb (Carnivore Diet) for a few Days
Sometimes making an extreme change can help to kick-start your weight loss and help you to get past your plateau. If you like eating meat and fish, then this may be a good option for you.
A Final comment:
Sometimes our bodies know what is a good weight for us to be at. I started at just under 200 lbs and wanted to get down to 135. I felt like for my height that would be a good weight. My body decided that 144 is my comfortable weight. I have been sitting at this size for the last year and a half. I feel good at this weight. I feel healthy here. So I decided to just listen to my body and be happy with my current weight. That may be your situation as well.
So now it is your turn. What are some of the tricks that you use to push through a weight loss plateau? I would love to hear from you. Just leave a comment below.