As with any diet, it’s often possible to hit a point that you are not losing weight on the Keto Diet. Here are 7 reasons why this could be happening, and easy ways to make adjustments:
1. You’ve Lost all of Your Water Weight
When you first start the Keto Diet, your body will be signaled to drop all of the water it was storing. After 1-3 weeks, your body will have lost all of the water weight you were carrying, and you will no longer be dropping the pounds as fast as before!
2. You’re Eating Too Much
This one is rare while on the Keto Diet, because of how filling and savory the foods are that you are eating. What is more common is that you need to re-calculate your daily caloric intake to reflect the weight you have lost. Be sure to do this monthly, to keep yourself at the proper caloric and macro goals.
3. You are Eating Too Little
It’s common that people try to go low-carb, low-fat, low-protein when they start a low carb diet for the first time. This is not only bad for you, but it can actually stunt your weight loss. When you are literally starving your body (under 1200 calories per day for women), your body will go into “starvation mode.” This means that your body will store all of the food you ingest (as fat) instead of burning it. It thinks that it won’t get food for a long time, so it needs to hold onto what you have given it.
4. You Aren’t Eating Enough Fat
If you’ve been practicing the Keto Diet for some time, you know that it can be hard to eat as much fat as you should be. Though you may have to stuff down the final macros each day, it’s worth it. Remember, the fat you are eating will be converted straight into energy. It’s literally fueling your body to burn those pounds faster and faster!
5. You’ve Slipped Out of Ketosis
If you are not regularly testing your ketosis, it’s possible to slip out of it without realizing. If you are slipping out of ketosis, you are then eating a bunch of extra fat without the fat burning capabilities of ketosis.
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6. You are Consuming Hidden Carbs
Often, over the counter medicines have more carbs in a serving, than you usually eat in a day. Even supplements can have hidden carbs, if they have fillers that aren’t disclosed. Be sure to check the label on all food products, and Do Your Research on supplements!! When in doubt, don’t eat it!
7. Your Body Needs a Reset
Many people who are on the keto diet for an extended period of time, find that their body needs a metabolism reset. This is what cycling out of ketosis is for. Dieters will allow their body healthy carbs for up to 48 hours to refill their glycogen stores. Then, it’s back to a strict ketogenic diet for 1 or more months.