Although eating a higher fat, lower carb diet is about your health…many people do it in order to lose weight (because it works). For many, it works perfectly from the start but for others, they wish it would happen faster. And sometimes, they get great results at first but then hit a plateau. Here are some things to consider…read up if you feel you aren’t getting the results you were hoping for OR you’ve stalled:
1. Don’t focus on the scale…take selfies instead. Pay special attention to your waistline. THAT is a true measurement of your inflammation and fat loss.
2. Don’t let that fruit sneak in, especially if trying to lose weight. Have fruit as a treat but not everyday. The sugar in fruit elevates your blood insulin which turns off your fat metabolism.
3. Avoid those “fake” products! There is no such thing as low-carb pasta, low-carb ice cream, low carb bread and low-carb chocolate bars. If it sounds too good to be true…guess what, it is! You can only be truly healthy from real food!
4. Don’t use sugar substitutes, period. Stevia is ok in small doses. Sweeteners stimulate your cravings and has shown to increase weight in rats (are you a rat?).
5. Hormones play a huge, I mean HUGE role in your weight loss efforts. If you don’t get enough sleep, your cortisol level rises and that causes weight gain. It is a VERY important step in your weight loss journey. Get adequate sleep!
6. Check your portion size for dairy products, cream, cheese and nuts. It’s very easy to overdue those and the calories can really add up even though you are eating lower carb.
7. Are you getting enough vitamin D? It plays a role in weight loss too. Either get some morning sun everyday or consider supplementing.
8. Intermittently fast. I cannot sing it’s praises enough. Eat your total calories in a shortened time frame. I suggest 8 or 10 hours. Most people have great success pushing their breakfasts out a few more hours allowing the body a bit longer to tap into the fat stores before having it to burning the food we eat.
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