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Old 09-23-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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New at this...What's going on???

Hi...been doing low carb since 9/1. My daughter has lost 80 lbs and still going. I had gotten off to a great start...lost 13 pounds in 11 days and then....screech!!!!! I have been going up 2 lbs, down 2 lbs since 9/12. I have not cheated even once! I have increased from no exercise to (almost no) exercise. (Baby steps here...my knees hurt!) Can anyone give me suggestions on how to get this thing rolling again?
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:18 PM   #2
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This happens. Give...your... body... time...to...catch up. No one that I know of will lose weight constantly. It needs a break in there to recoup then it'll start again. There are always blips in the road. This happens to everyone.
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:23 PM   #3
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Yep, agree with Terry above. Weightloss has been described on here like waves, ups and downs, but an overall downward trend. Just stay on plan, make sure your numbers are what they should be, keep an accurate food diary and tweak if needed. You will start to loose again soon
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:27 PM   #4
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Do NOT give up!! Everytime I start low carb I lose about 8 lbs in the first 2 weeks then like you said....screeeech! I get unmotivated fast so about a month is my usual breaking point for low carb. BUT then what do I do....? I go back to eating garbage and gain it all back. This time I have decided to be veeeeeeery patient. I have set myself an evaluation date of June 1, 2014 if I've lost less than 20 lbs and do not feel wonderful I will reevaluate, but there will be no cheating this time around and there will be patience.

You lost 13 lbs!! That is Wonderful!!! Just try to give your body a chance to play catch up, don't go tweaking or quitting. You (and I) can do this!!
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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I have gained and lost the same 3 pounds since 9/9. Hopefully the went bye bye as of 9/20. Be patient. It's not easy but you can do it.
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:10 PM   #6
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emptyshell, as everybody agrees, this is quite common. Something that has helped me with patience during "mini-stalls" is to pay attention to the trends on the scale. If you are into charts, you can chart your weight every morning. It will be frustrating the first few days, but you will begin to see trends. Mine, for instance, shows a new low, followed by a bounce up, then down, then up, then down, and once again up and down, which is when I usually hit a new low. It may only be half a pound, but it happens. Then the process starts all over again. The point is that you can count on bouncing up, but if you work your plan, what goes up, WILL come down! Over time, you will see that the line slopes downward and the little bounces won't bother you anymore!
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:56 PM   #7
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Does anyone decrease calories or up fat once you have lost a TON of weight?? OR do you keep things the same???
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:24 PM   #8
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Does anyone decrease calories or up fat once you have lost a TON of weight?? OR do you keep things the same???
Ouch. That's a serious downgrade IMHO...New Zealand to Minnesota. UGH!

On topic, I lost 116 pounds and I kept everything pretty consistent, except that as I got smaller, I had to be more careful with low carb products like bread, wraps, and I watched my condiments more carefully. I stopped using granular splenda and was a little more strict in general. But I left my fat intake the same. I stopped counting calories when I went low carb, but I'd say they stayed about the same throughout.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:46 AM   #9
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Weight loss is a factor of 4 things: Water loss, glycogen depletion (carb storage), loss of lean muscle and loss of body fat. When first starting a low carb diet the weight loss you mostly experience is water loss and glycogen depletion. It accounts for most of the drop in scale weight. The rate of fat loss is slower and sometimes it almost doesn't get picked up by the bathroom scale because water losses and gains overshadow anything that happens with respect to changes in body fat levels. Bathroom scales aren't the greatest way to assess results unless you are patient and are also gauging your progress by how you look in the mirror and how you fit into clothes. And also in some cases, people might start commenting on "how good you are looking these days." That can also be helpful because it means you have lost bodyfat most likely.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:29 PM   #10
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Weight loss is a factor of 4 things: Water loss, glycogen depletion (carb storage), loss of lean muscle and loss of body fat. When first starting a low carb diet the weight loss you mostly experience is water loss and glycogen depletion. It accounts for most of the drop in scale weight. The rate of fat loss is slower and sometimes it almost doesn't get picked up by the bathroom scale because water losses and gains overshadow anything that happens with respect to changes in body fat levels. Bathroom scales aren't the greatest way to assess results unless you are patient and are also gauging your progress by how you look in the mirror and how you fit into clothes. And also in some cases, people might start commenting on "how good you are looking these days." That can also be helpful because it means you have lost bodyfat most likely.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:21 PM   #11
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