Why am I not losing weight?

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CarbsQuestion Thu 21-Mar-19 10:03:00

For the last 10 days I've cut carbs. I didn't want to go down to 25g because a doctor told me it was much healthier to have 50g as my limit. I also found when I went too low I gave up the diet too quickly.

After three days I lost nearly 3kg. Now, a week later I am still the same weight.

This is a very typical day:

3 Ryvitas - 15
Butter - 0
2 tbsps peanut butter - 4
Greek yoghurt - 2
Blueberries and raspberries - 8
Chicken breast - 0
Coleslaw - 6
1/2 avocado - 2
Total carbs - 37

I do swap things around eg I might have prawns instead of chicken or a cauliflower rice sachet instead of coleslaw or cheese instead of peanut butter.

The range has been 26 - 43 carbs.

Any ideas why I'm the same weight as I was a week ago? Thanks.

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CarbsQuestion Thu 21-Mar-19 10:20:14

Any ideas?

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Kleptronic Thu 21-Mar-19 10:36:57

Give it time, 10 days is nothing. You've lost mostly water on the low carb, now your body is adjusting. If you carry on and your intake is in deficit to what you're burning you will lose fat.

Head on over to the low carb boot camp threads, they know a great deal about it there.

maxelly Thu 21-Mar-19 10:53:16

Yes it's simply a case of giving it time I'm afraid. Even when not trying to lose, your weight varies naturally by a few pounds over the course of a week due to constipation, water retention/loss or TOTM (sorry TMI) - you had a fantastic starting weight loss but it's not realistic to expect to lose more than about 2 lb/1 kilo a week if you are doing weight loss in a healthy and sustainable way as advised by your doctor - you may find your loss comes in bursts and stall periods rather than being at a steady rate too. If you can bear to, I would try and only weigh yourself once a week at the same time/day, and think of your loss as a line graph where the overall trend is downwards rather than worrying too much about short term changes... and yes, do seek some support in RL or here as it does help! Good luck!

CarbsQuestion Thu 21-Mar-19 10:56:20

Thanks for your replies.

I hadn't weighed myself for a week, though! The batteries in my scales need replacing so I'm hoping it's that. I'm peeing for Britain, constipation and TOTM not a problem. I usually lose weight fast with low carb so god knows what's going wrong here!

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ragingmentalist Thu 21-Mar-19 14:55:07

Weight loss ebbs and flows, 3kg off in 3 days is absolutely unsustainable, and most likely water rather than weight. The physics of it doent work.

Do you track your calories? However you decide to lose weight, ultimately it comes down to a calorie deficit. As long as you are eating less than you are burning, you will lose weight.

CarbsQuestion Thu 21-Mar-19 18:49:31

You don't track calories on low carb, but I think the list of food shows I wouldn't be over a reasonable number of calories.

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ragingmentalist Fri 22-Mar-19 14:49:13

Well the fundamental method of losing weight is driven by being in a calorie deficit, regardless of the type of diet you are on.

You can cut any food group out and still be eating too much & not lose weight...

Knowing what calories you eat is fundamental to being able to have an idea how you are doing.

dancemom Fri 22-Mar-19 14:54:07

Weight loss all comes down to calories not carbs

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