It is a scientific fact that low-carb diets are actually very effective. However, there are times when people stop losing weight before reaching their desired goal. Here are the top five reasons why you have stopped losing weight while you are still on a low-carb diet.
1. You Are Losing Fat, Just Not Realizing
Losing weight is not a linear process. You will find that at some days the weighing scale goes down and there are other days when it goes up. This does not mean that your diet isn’t working, as long as the general drift is going down. Many people notice a drastic weight loss in the first week itself, but it is mostly the weight of water. The weight loss process slows down significantly post this initial phase.
Using something other than just the scale can help to make sure you are losing weight. Measure your waist circumference by using a measuring tape and your body fat percentage frequently. Your clothes are the best to tell whether you are losing weight or not.
2. You’re Not Cutting Back on Carbohydrates Enough
There are some people who are more carb sensitive compared to others. In spite of eating low-carb diet, if you are still gaining weight, then you might need to cut down more on carbs. In that case, going under 50 grams of carbs per day is a better option. While going under 50 grams per day, you need to eliminate most fruits from your diet. Although, eating berries in small amount will not affect the carb percentage.
If the 50 grams per day plan is not working either, temporarily going under 20 grams can work. In this case, you are just eating leafy green vegetables, healthy fats, and proteins. A free online nutrition tracker can help to stick to your strict diet.
3. You’re Stressed All the Time
It is not always enough to just exercise and eat healthy. The human body is in a constant state of ‘fight and flight’ when you are stressed all the time. It elevates the level of stress hormones such as cortisol, which can increase your cravings and hunger for unhealthy foods. Performing deep breathing exercises, reading books, and meditation may help in relieving stress.
4. You’re Not Eating Real Food
Starting a low-carb diet is not just about lowering your carb intake, but it is about replacing those carbohydrates with other nutritious and real foods. You need to throw away all the processed low-carb products, which are not real food and not healthy. Stick to eggs, fish, meats, and other healthy fats if you need to lose weight. Although, foods like brownies and cookies are made with healthy ingredients, which may cause problems.
Eating a diet without enough fat is really a bad idea. If you cut on fats and carbs at the same time, you will feel uneasy and end up greedily hungry.
5. You’re Not Sleeping Enough
Sleep is the most significant thing for overall health. According to some studies, weight gain and obesity is correlated to lack of sleep. A lack of sleep will make you less motivated, hungry, and tired at the same time. Doing everything right and not getting a proper sleep will not show the results you are fighting for. Consult a doctor if you have a sleeping disorder. They are often easily curable.