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Low Carb Dieting Tips: When You Reach Your Plateaus

by: Melissa White

We all get to that place in our weight loss plan where we seem to be getting less results, if any. Many of us may feel like it is hopeless and that we have gone as far as we can. 

A plateau refers to an extended period of time during our weight loss efforts where there is no weight loss according to the scale AND no loss of inches according to the tape measure. This can happen even if you are sticking to your low-carb diet plan. If this seems to be your case chances are that you arenít as stuck as you may think. There are a few things you can do to keep your body in check:

1. First, take your measurements. There is a chance that if you arenít seeing the pounds drop in numbers that you are still loosing inches. So donít stop your low-carb eating plan.

2. Second, check to see if your clothes that used to be a little tight now seem a little looser. Your body may still be loosing fat. Now your body is at the point where it is starting to add lean muscle. And since fat is more bulky then lean muscle your cloths will begin to change the way that they fit you.

These plateaus can last for about three to four week. This is normal, so keep up with your low-carb eating plan as well as your regular exercise, and you will soon see the results. The changes that low-carbing makes to your body will last a lifetime so donít worry about a few weeks.

Now perhaps you have reached plateaus in your low-carb weigh loss plan that is lasting longer than the regular four weeks. There are a few things that could be causing this upsetting stall in your weight loss.

#1) Your Carbohydrate intake may be too high. Some people need to keep there introductory low-carb diet level there entire weight loss period.

#2) Hidden Carbohydrates. You may be eating foods that you think are low-carb and yet you can be fooled. By sneaking into your diet these unwanted carbohydrates can add up fast. Know what foods you are able to eat and stick to those in your low-carb diet.

#3) Overeating. Eat when you are hungry and donít over do it. Just because you are eating the right foods doest mean that you can eat until you are overfull.

#4) Not Enough Exercise. You need to be exercising to boost your metabolism and help your body to burn unwanted fat. Especially weight training, which builds muscle that will essentially eat that same fat.

#5) Not drinking enough water. A bare minimum recommendation is 64 fluid oz (that's 8 - 8 oz glasses) of water a day. If you arenít consuming enough water you can try to substitute with non-caffeine teas and diet sodas. Remember that these arenít the same as water but will help a little and are low in carbs.

Remember these tips and donít give up on your low-carb diet.

See Also:

The Best Way to Use Low-Carb Control
The benefits of low-carb dieting are easy to see and make clear why so many are choosing a low-carb way of life. For example, there isn't any counting of calories or measuring portions.

Low-Carb Dieting During Pregnancy May Benefit Your Baby!
As low-carb dieters change their eating habits, it is likely that these habits will stay with them. There is no surprise then that more and more pregnant woman are trying to maintain their low-carb routine during the months of pregnancy.

Unrealistic expectations can cause failure
Why not acknowledge small incremental improvements, times when you did better at one meal, one day, or one event than you might have? Focus only on what you did, not on what you thought you should have done.

Whither Low-Carb?
Fads fade for a reason. Like pet rocks, low-carb diets will disappear because they just donít do anything worthwhile. The dropout rate is high Ė about 50 percent Ė because the diets are boring and are unpalatable to most people.

Melissa "Granny" White is a Low-Carb Diet fan and has been making delicious Low Carb recipes for years. You can get all 800 of her delicious recipes at: http://www.grannys-low-carb-recipes.com


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