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What to do when your weight loss stalls?

What happens if you’ve been following your low carbohydrate diet and all of a sudden, for no apparent reason, you find you are no longer losing weight?

If your weight loss is stalling, then you should ask yourself if you really are following your diet correctly. It is surprising how many people bend their diet guidelines - thinking a little of this or that won’t hurt. It really does add up!

If you eat too many carbs and push the body is out of ketosis (which is it’s fat-burning mode) it can take up to three days to get the body back into this mode. If you are on a merry-go-round of slip-ups…a few extras here and there…then it’s very likely that your aren’t in ketosis very often, if at all. Record in a diet diary everything that goes into your mouth, you may be surprised at what and how much you are actually eating!

Starting new medications or even existing medications can have an impact on your weight loss so discuss this with your health professional. Never stop or start any medication without medical advice as this could be detrimental to your health.

Changes in your exercise routine can also alter your weight loss. Muscle weighs more than fat so if the scales don’t show a loss, check your measurements as you should still be shrinking. Muscle burns around 45calories a day whereas fat only burns 2 calories a day. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolic rate, and the faster you will burn body fat. To build muscle you need ample protein in your diet plus adequate exercise, preferably a combination of aerobic activity and weight training.

Your physical health plays an important part in your weight loss, so make sure you check out any symptoms or ailments, as problems with your thyroid, food intolerances, insulin resistance, polycystic ovarian syndrome, diabetes etc. can slow down or stall your weight loss.

Finally, relax. It probably took a while put the weight on so it will take time to come off! Enjoy the health benefits of eating less carbs and stay true to your diet.