June 29, 2012

Why Am I Not Losing Weight?

Why Am I Not Losing Weight Fast Enough?
What Am I Doing Wrong?
Whether you are new to low carb or a well-seasoned dieter, starting a low-carb diet can be exciting!

Watching the pounds drop that very first week or two can put you in a better frame of mind to keep going, but if you expect that weight loss to continue coming off at a fast pace, you’ll soon be in for a surprise.

For those who have used carbohydrate restriction before, the slow-down isn’t discouraging. For a newbie to the low-carb way of eating, however, it can be confusing.

Questions begin to build up:
  • Am I following the diet wrong?
  • Has my low carb diet stopped working?
  • If I’m exercising and eating correctly, why am I not losing weight?
  • How can I be in ketosis and not lose weight?
  • What can I do to break my stall?
When your weight loss slows to a crawl or you hit a wall, it’s common to want to know what’s happening. Although there’s no way to know for sure, there are several possibilities.

June 25, 2012

Is a Low-Carb Diet Sustainable for Life?

Meat Eaters Live Happily Every After on Low Carb
Can You Stick to a
Low-Carb Diet for the
Rest of Your Life?
In 2012, I received a friendly comment from a reader who suggested that the lack of dieting success I was having at the time was probably due to my inability to stay with one particular low-carb diet plan long enough to reap results.

The advice I received:

Go on a low-carb, high-fat diet (LCHF) and give it six months or more to work before analyzing. 

This was similar to the advice I received from the zero-carb folks a few years ago. Despite the fact that I had gained about 20 pounds in the first three weeks and was experiencing abnormally high blood glucose levels, they told me to:
  • eat only beef
  • drink only water
  • wait six months before reviewing the results
The zero-carb forum participants didn't seem to care about the neuropathy that had come back. They were just sure that their way was the only way

The problem with this type of advice is that it doesn't work for everyone. I can see the wisdom in sticking to one particular plan for a certain stretch of time, before analyzing, but at this point in my weight loss journey, I had been doing low carb for 5 years.

How much longer did I have to wait?

June 19, 2012

Will a Low-Carb Diet Ruin Your Metabolism?

Separating Truth from Lies About Metabolism
Carbs are NOT the Enemy!
There is a lot of confusion within the low-carb community about metabolism.

Carbs seem to be a scapegoat that people like to blame when weight loss doesn’t happen fast and easy.

If you are following a low carb diet and struggling to succeed, you might believe that all the years you spent eating carbohydrates to your heart's content must have destroyed your metabolism and made you fat. Otherwise, you'd be able to eat like normal folks.

Maybe, you are questioning the validity of low-carb diets, so you live on the other side of the argument and think that carbohydrate restriction will permanently alter your metabolism, thereby making it impossible to ever return to a well-balanced diet.

But what’s the truth?

Will eating too many carbohydrates or not eating enough ruin your metabolism – or not?

June 11, 2012

Insulin Insufficiency and a Low Carb Diet

Not Eating Enough Carbs Can Cause Insulin Insufficiency
If You Don't Eat To Your
Carbohydrate Tolerance,
Insulin Can Stay Too Low!
One of the largest misunderstandings circulating within the low-carb community is the mistaken idea that everyone who is overweight or obese has insulin resistance.

While many dieters do have some type of metabolic problem or defect, it isn’t always insulinemia. Sometimes, the problem is not secreting too much insulin in reaction to carbs. Sometimes, the problem is that you don't secrete ENOUGH.

For those with insulin resistance, the problem can be easy to solve: Just restrict carbs to your personal tolerance level and save carby treats for special occasions. This increases insulin sensitivity and provides better blood glucose control.

If you have insulin insufficiency, however, the problem is reversed.