Why Your Low Carb Diet Isn’t Working

So you want to lose weight and permanently keep it off?

You’ve tried all kinds of fad diets, magic pills, and exercise routines with limited success. The times that you have been able to drop some of that repulsive and frustrating body fat that just seems to like you way too much to permanently pack up and leave, it seems it always somehow  ends up coming back, and often times, in more abundance then before.  So what gives?

 

Today I’m going to list the top 5 reasons you’re not permanently losing weight on a low carb diet

 

1) You’re losing fat! You just don’t realize it…
Weight Loss is Not a Linear Process! If you weigh yourself every day, then there will be days where the scale goes down and other days where it goes up. Do not mentally terrorize yourself like this. Weigh yourself once a week on the same day first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Keep in mind weight loss does not mean fat loss! Low carb dieters often lose “weight” in the beginning due to water loss NOT fat loss. Instead of measuring your progress only with a scale, try a measuring tape or body fat calipers so you can actually determine what’s fat loss, water loss, and muscle gain. You can expect to pay a professional nutritional consultant up to $75 for this service. At Nutrition Solutions, our clients receive this as a complimentary amenity which allows us to adjust their meal plans as needed to keep progress moving in the right direction.

 

2) You’re Always Eating

So we’ve all heard at some point or another we need to eat more to lose weight. This is 100% accurate, but you need to ensure your total calories in throughout the course of a 24 hour period is conducive to your goals, level of activity, inactivity, and certain other variables. As much as we all would love to think that by eating constantly all day our metabolism will travel at the speed of light, sadly that’s just not how it works. So for those of you “snacking” on fruit or anything else non-conservatively in between meals throughout the day and wondering why you’re not losing weight, wonder no further.
 

3) You’re consuming too many sweeteners and condiments

Fact: you can eat consistently clean and hinder fat loss dramatically by over using sweeteners, creamers, sauces and other condiments.

Solution: If you’re a coffee drinker keep some stevia and almond milk on hand to utilize in lieu of cream and sugar. Unfortunately most establishments are not exactly too concerned with your waist line, so they do not keep natural sweeteners or healthier options on location. Come prepared.
If you’re someone who needs a lot of spices or sauces on your food to make you feel gratified, try adding Ms. Dash seasonings, mustard, balsamic vinegar, or even hot sauce to your food. You can apply in liberal amounts and remain relatively guilt free. Stay clear of mayonnaise, sour cream, blue cheese dressing, ketchup, and BBQ sauce.
*** Little known fact: artificial sweeteners like Splenda, Sweet & Low, and Equal, have been scientifically linked to weight gain in the long run.
 

4) You’re not eating real food!!

Due to something your buddy from your Tuesday bootcamp told you, some BS you read online or on social media, or the fact you’re just too lazy to meal prep on your own or take the initiative to talk to a healthy meal company to help take the guesswork out of the equation for you; you’re living on a steadfast diet of pre-made, super market bought protein shakes or “healthy smoothies” that aren’t healthy, Atkins bars or other protein bars that are honestly nothing more then glorified candy bars with added protein, or you eat eggs every day that come from a fast food establishment or vending machine. I really wish that these types of eating patterns actually helped people achieve their ideal physique because so many people choose to travel this road, but sadly they do not, have not, and will not ever help you achieve anything more then elevated stress levels due to the disappointment and frustration of their non-effectiveness. Which also leads to more fat storage btw. 🙁
Yes, meal prep can be a pain in the ass and you may think you don’t have the time, (which you do)  but it’s up to you to determine if you have the time to keep some pre-made healthy meals on hand to keep you in shape and feeling well, or if you’d rather find the time later to deal with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and extreme depression as a result of obesity.

5) You eat the same things all the time!

If you want to drive yourself utterly insane or ensure you routinely end up in a situation where your shoveling pizza and hamburgers in your mouth at an alarming rate because your cravings have become unmanageable, this is a very effective strategy.

If you want to lose weight, get in the best shape of your life and stay that way, you mandatorily need VARIETY in your diet!!! Far better people then you and I have tried to eat the same things day in and out to achieve the body of their dreams and have failed…Miserably I might add. This can work for a period of time but it’s not practical to think it’s sustainable to eat the same things all day, everyday.

Chicken, fish, turkey, lean beef, veggies, sweet potatoes, rice, grains, more veggies, fruits, eggs, and healthy fats from coconut oil, nuts, etc are all essential if you plan on experiencing any degree of success with your fat loss goals. Mix it up and allow yourself to experience some much needed mental stimulation while staying on point with your goals. Over the last 3+ years I’ve had the opportunity to work with over 5,000 people stemming from professional athletes to 450+ pound diabetics. At Nutrition Solutions what we’ve found works exceptionally well, regardless of personal goals, is providing an 8 item menu that changes every week. We also get creative with our menu to give our clients something different to look forward to each week and make sure they don’t feel like they are being restricted of the foods they like to eat. Things like pineapple steak burgers, protein pancakes, and cheddar-jalepeno lean meatball wraps are just a fraction of what our clients get to enjoy every week. So get creative, google some healthy recipes online, and keep in mind just about every comfort food you can think of can be modified into a healthier version that fits into your respective diet plan.
 

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