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Purplemonkeydishwasherpimp Fri 10-Jun-16 11:12:12

I've been low carbing for 6 months with very few days off, ketostix show ketosis but my tape measure isn't seeing much difference.
I am doing the diet correctly as my partner has lost plenty. I've even added in fast days with little success.

Am I just an anomalie? I just seem to maintain.

PlayNice Fri 10-Jun-16 14:40:21

Some other people know way more than me, but I've seen on the threads people mentioning that dairy (cheese and milk - never butter) stalls them. Are you eating lots of that?

If you listed your typical meals, I bet some super knowledgable people would be abLe to help.

Purplemonkeydishwasherpimp Fri 10-Jun-16 14:57:58

Not loads of cheese, or nuts I mean this is supposed to be a high fat diet, we are following the diet that seems to work for everyone but me. Typical meals are meat and salad, I am eating the same but less as my partner who is now thin and I'm no different.
If the suggestion is less fat, then perhaps this isn't the right diet for me, low carb and low fat just doesn't seem obtainable plus lower fat food is packed with carbs.

PlayNice Fri 10-Jun-16 15:02:52

I definitely don't think the suggestion is lower fat! BIWI usually says eat more fat, but she tends to recommend more butter, and oil and fattier cuts of meat.

Idk what it is about cheese that stalls people, but I've definitely seen it mentioned. Lower fat products are definitely never encouraged, ever!

PlayNice Fri 10-Jun-16 15:06:53

That must be so hard with your partner losing weight when you're not sad. I wish I had more helpful advice for you, but I'm not an expert, just didn't want to read and run because I would feel so terribly disheartened in your shoes.

Maybe post some full days of food, snacks and all, so people can take a look? Often I've seen people told that their diet maybe doesn't have enough fat in it, or they're letting carbs creep in with milky tea and the like.

I'm sure you're not an anomaly. You've had such fantastic will-power to do it for so long. Hopefully with some small tweaks, you'll see some fantastic results too.

Purplemonkeydishwasherpimp Fri 10-Jun-16 15:22:34

I just sulk but as we're in it together its much easier to stick to, and yes him being so successful with it pisses me off, I might as well just have a bowl of pasta and be done with it.

I've spent countless hours on Google trying to find hours but nothing helps, there doesn't seem to be much help for people like me.

PlayNice Fri 10-Jun-16 16:14:56

Type out your full meals this week so far and let some people have a look.

What do you have for breakfasts? Snacks? What goes in your salad, what do you dress them with? What are you drinking? Do you have any idea of your daily carb count?

How do things go at weekends? Do you drink?

Purplemonkeydishwasherpimp Fri 10-Jun-16 17:36:21

I don't drink no. I don't normally want a breakfast occasionally some cheese/deli meat. Lunch might be something like tuna mayo with salad, chicken breast etc. Evening meal cauliflower rice, curry type thing made from scratch, steak. Basically meat and a low carb veggie. Snacks sugar free jelly sometimes with cream. Few nuts, OH makes a low carb cheese cake I'll have a bit of occasionally.

Like I say I'm not doing anything wrong I'm strict its just obviously not for everyone and yes I am in ketosis so I'm just baffled.

I know people who are so lax and eat 50/60g of carbs a day and still lose and I'm eating less than that and NOTHING.

This is actually depressing me talking about it, I think I just need to try something else. Thanks guys

BIWI Sat 11-Jun-16 15:06:29

Are you eating enough fat? And are you drinking lots of water?

I'd cut out the sugar-free stuff as artificial sweeteners can impact your weight loss too.

And what about alcohol?

And try cutting out dairy for a week or two - that can also impede weight loss.

Why not come and join us on Bootcamp?

Purplemonkeydishwasherpimp Sun 12-Jun-16 00:40:36


Yeah pretty sure I've got enough fat and i down pints (of waterwink) don't touch alcohol.

Not really getting artificial sugar from anywhere, giving up dairy sad not sure I could do that, what's the issue with dairy on low carb?

This is so depressing sad

BIWI Sun 12-Jun-16 08:13:32

You're getting artificial sweeteners in the sugar-free jelly! And there must be something sweetening the cheesecake?

Instead of just listing the type of things you might be eating, it's more helpful to list specific meals - can you tell me specifically what you've eaten over the last week? Then I can be a bit more helpful.

BIWI Sun 12-Jun-16 08:17:14

Here's some information from the Diet Doctor about why dairy and nuts are an issue:

11. Eat less dairy products and nuts
Can one eat as much as one likes, and still lose weight? Yes, it tends to work just fine with a low-carbohydrate diet, as appetite regulation happens effortlessly.

However, despite the fact that a low-carbohydrate diet generally makes it easy to eat just enough, there are foods classified as low carb which become a problem in larger quantities. If you find yourself having a hard time losing weight on a low carb diet, you could try to be more careful with:

Dairy products (yoghurt, cream, cheese)
Dairy products all contain a varying amount of lactose (the milk sugar), which slows down weight loss. What’s more, part of the protein in milk generates an insulin response, which can have the same effect. Consequently, cutting back on dairy products may accelerate weight loss. This applies especially to dairy products typically lacking in fat, such as regular milk and different yoghurts, but be careful with full-fat dairy such as cream and cheese all the same.

Exempt from all these dairy product warnings is butter, which is almost pure fat. Butter may be consumed liberally as desired.

Nuts, which are the second food to watch, contain a fair amount of carbohydrate, and it’s very easy to unwittingly scarf down large quantities. Cashew nuts are among the worst carb-wise – you’ll find that they contain around 20% carbohydrate by weight. For someone following a strict LCHF diet with a 20 grams of carbs per day allowance, this means that consuming 100 grams (which happens in a flash!) will have filled their daily quota. Peanuts tend to be around 10-15% carbohydrate – not putting them in the clear either.

So, for those of you having trouble losing weight: use nuts sparingly. When in a situation where nuts are an absolute must, know that the most harmless ones carb-wise are macadamia nuts (usually around 5% carbs), or Brazil nuts (around 3%).

BBQueen Sun 12-Jun-16 08:23:26

Can I ask what your weight and height are, and how much you're hoping to lose?

BIWI Sun 12-Jun-16 08:33:13

The other thing to bear in mind, Purple, is that apart from weight loss, you can comfort yourself that low carbing is extremely beneficial for your health in the longer term. A high carb diet is associated with hypertension, obesity, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's.

To be honest, it was finding out about the health benefits that kept and keeps me going - even at times when nothing seemed to be happening on the scales!

Purplemonkeydishwasherpimp Sun 12-Jun-16 18:15:56

Wow BIWI you're like the low carb guru. Thank you, going to attempt to cut back the dairy and no artificial sugar for a week or so and see what happens.

BBQueen you asked for my stats I'm about 5ft2 and just over 10 stone want to get back to 9 / 8 and half

Will keep you posted.

BIWI Sun 12-Jun-16 22:05:54



You're the same height as me.

I can tell you, from bitter experience, that weight loss will be slow for you at this point, as you haven't got that much to lose. Which is why it's important to get it right and keep on tweaking things. Just keep on keeping on, and you'll get there!

Purplemonkeydishwasherpimp Sun 12-Jun-16 22:47:50

BIWI you're so helpful flowers

DP said the same as you and there's a foot between me and him!, you've really helped and I'm going to make these minor adjustments and I will do this grin

BIWI Mon 13-Jun-16 07:18:33

Very good luck. Come and join us on the Bootcamp threads - lots of help and support there!

Mookbark Mon 13-Jun-16 07:26:20

Purple I second BIWI's suggestion. Come and join us on the week 5 bootcamp thread. It's a very fluid thing and some people have only just started and some are old hands at lchf. The support is great and there are some knowledgable people on there not me. It does make the whole thing easier.

Purplemonkeydishwasherpimp Mon 13-Jun-16 09:57:29

Cheers ladies... Will see you there grin

And again thanks for all being so lovelyflowers

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