Have you hit a weight loss plateau? Or perhaps you are not losing weight on keto.
Keep in mind that the entire goal of this lifestyle is to get healthy first. We are all different. Many people see weight loss right away. Many loose as they go along. And yet others need to heal their body on the inside in order to lose the weight. The body is sort of cool as to how it protects us. You see when we under stress and unhealthy our body holds on to fat, especially in the mid section as a sort of protection. As we heal and begin to use that fat as fuel, the body will slowly begin to thin out.
The scale only gives you a number. Your lack of body weight doesn’t account for all of the good things you have changed on the inside. This is an important point that I learned from Dr. Berg. He says that there are better indicators to look for. And he is 100% correct. When I was in the process of losing my 60 pounds, there was many weeks that I was on a sort of plateau. I didn’t see any change to the scale yet there were many indicators that I was healing my body.
You see often the weight loss that you see on the scale is actually water weight. Especially if someone loses more than 2 pounds. Anything over 2 is most likely water weight. So when someone first starts a keto diet, they may lose a lot of water that they have been retaining. This is a good thing because it is a part of healing. As the body heals, this loss of water weight may slow down or even stop. This is NOT the time to quit this way of eating! No! You need to continue and let your body do what it needs to do to help you get healthy.
There are subtle changes that show this way of eating is working. I have listed some that I experienced below. But the biggest indicator was the tape measure around my belly button and the fact that my clothes kept getting loser.
Here are some of the other indications that I experience…
- I felt amazing! The energy is over the top and I no longer felt the urge to nap in the afternoon. My energy lasted all day.
- My clothes continued to get loser.
- I found that I became more emotionally stable. Meaning I didn’t cry as easily and I handled stress much better.
- I began sleeping through the night and getting a deeper sleep. I woke up energetic and ready for the day.
- My chronic sinus problems and many alergies went away.
- One day I woke up and realized that my knees and joints no longer hurt.
It isn’t about a number on a scale! It’s about the quality of life! Its about how you feel! Its about health and self esteem!
If you are not seeing the scale move but you are seeing some of the other changes than keep pushing on! And don’t quit.
Keep in mind, it took you years to get unhealthy. You may not see results overnight. But don’t quit on yourself or self sabotage by stressing over a simple number on the scale. If you need to, pack the scale away for a month or two and just let your body heal.
If you struggle with the need to jump on the scale daily and this action in its self stresses you out, then I highly recommend you read Dr. Bergs book, It’s Not Lose Weight to Get Healthy, It’s Get Healthy to Lose Weight.
Please share you experience below:
Does the scale stress you out? How do you deal with it?
on the other hand…
For those of you out there that have lost weight on keto, please share some to the indicaters of health that you experience. This may help others.