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Gaining weight whilst low carbing

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Lavendersbluedillydilly1969 Tue 16-Jul-13 07:24:44

Have been low carbing since September 2012 and love this WOE, have had all the benefits like better sleep, less pmt and more energy so it suits me.
Apart from a couple of big cheats at Xmas and Easter I have been pretty consistent and have lost about 22lbs from the start.
In the last week or so I have started gaining weight but have not cheated, I have however been eating a couple of teaspoons of total Greek yoghurt with ground flaxseed and a few strawberries every day for a month or so. My other not so good thing is tea with double cream which I drink about 6-8 mugs of a day but have done since the start. Don't eat much cheese but do drink gallons of water too.
Is it just that I've got accustomed to the food and now need to calorie restrict, I've got about 10lbs to go?
Any help and advice much appreciated.

GiraffesEatPineapples Fri 26-Jul-13 20:36:00

Ok sounds like a plateau sad one option is just to concentrate on maintaing for a while then hopefuly the plateau will break and you will lose more weight. From what I have read on these boards it is pretty common and usually lasts 1 - 3months but patience will pay off and weight loss will resume (I would find this diffciult tbh). This is tricky if you want to lose more weight before holiday though! I guess the problem is that if you do something more dramatic (adding IF or counting carbs say) you might lose weight for your target but end up gaining back even more once you have reached the target so carrying on as you are for now probably makes sense. Another thing you could try is replacing the cream with coconut milk from a tin or hommade from dry coconut. I like it much more than cream tbh. It would be an easy way to shake things up? Well done on losing 22 lbs btw smile

GiraffesEatPineapples Fri 26-Jul-13 20:37:31

Actually caffeine can cause plateaus too....

Lavendersbluedillydilly1969 Sat 27-Jul-13 11:40:16

Chipping - thank you I'm trying to eat 3 meals a day again with eggs for breakfast as this was how I started out. It's ok but hard when it's warm and sunny, a bowl if yoghurt and fruit etc is so much more tempting. Giving up cream tho is just impossible, I need my cups of tea and nothing else is as good.
Giraffes - thank you too for your information about coconut milk, will have a look next time I go shopping
I have read about plateaus and think that maybe it's where your body has to sort of stabilise before you can lose again. Bizarrely yesterday I had a slight slip and ate a whole 100g bag of Brazil nuts in one go and then a huge bowl of left over roast chicken fried in butter with mayonnaise and coleslaw (first in a few days) and this morning have lost 2lbs. Don't know what that's all about but we'll see if it continues, would love to be under 10 st by my holiday tho.
Am sitting here smiling by the way, 22lbs sounds so much better than a stone and a half!
Please don't say that about caffeine - decaf tea is beyond vile.

ChippingInHopHopHop Sat 27-Jul-13 12:46:52

Lavender - steadfastly ignores comments about caffine possibly causing plateaus I do think that sometimes a 'change' is what your body needs to get back into the groove. Let me know how it goes!

GiraffesEatPineapples Sat 27-Jul-13 23:07:02

24 lbs now smile weight loss is weird it sometimes seems like the scales take a day or so to ctach up confused I Totally understand where you are coming from with wanting to eat yog and fruit btw, I have struggled with my eating this week partly because too hot and bothered to cook blush

Frankly I also carry on with the caffine - it only stalls some people ... not all!

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