If you think that you have not lost an inch of fat even after four weeks of rigorous low carb diet program, then it maybe that your weight has been stalled. In this article, I will discuss the five causes behind the stalling of weight, and how to cure it.
1. High intake of Carbohydrates: If you are not losing weight, then maybe you are really not on a low carb diet. The amount of carbohydrates you are allowed in a low carb diet depends on your metabolism, and this metabolism differs from person to person. There are some people who can go on taking a fifty gram carb intake and still lose weight and there are others who are carbohydrates-resistant and must keep their carb intake at a minimum level, preferably the induction level.
2. Hidden carbs: If you are 100% sure that you are consuming a very low amount of carbohydrates and still not losing weight, then it may be that you are consuming foods that have hidden carbs in them, such as herbs, spices, garlic, lemon juice, bottled salad dressing, etc. Some foods such as processed lunch and deli meats, bacon, ham and sausages have sugar in them. Eating foods with hidden carbs may easily add up to ten grams of carb consumption per day. The key is to control both your obvious as well as hidden carb intake. Make sure that you measure all the “known carbs” accurately. If in doubt use a carb counter.
3. Undereating: One of the mistakes that most people make is to go hungry for long periods of time. They think that eating less will help speed up the process of fat loss. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, undereating doesn’t help you lose fat; it just does the opposite. When you don’t eat anything for more than five to six hours, your body realizes that you are killing it by fasting, and it will quickly slow down your metabolism and conserve your stored energy, i.e., fat. This is exactly what you don’t want to happen!
4. Overeating: One of the biggest advantages of the low carb diet programs is that you don’t need to count your calorie intake. Under the low carb diet regimen, you should eat only when you feel hungry, and stop when you feel satiated. Don’t overeat! Don’t stuff yourself with food to the point that you start feeling overfull. Overeating actually slows down the process of fat loss. On the other hand, studies have shown that breaking up a large meal into four or five servings and eating each serving every two or three hours helps in faster weight loss.
5. Lack of Exercise: If you are not doing exercises regularly, you cannot expect to lose weight even if you are on a low carb diet. Exercise speeds up our metabolism, and helps in fat burning. Strength-training exercises will help in building up the muscles; since muscles are metabolically more active than fats, it will help in fat burning as well. For more information, [adrotate banner=”54″]