Carb Counters - low carb not for me?

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02-12-2010, 07:21 PM
I have been doing low carb for 3 months now. No sweetners, no flour, no rice. not even any kind of friut. Just meat, eggs, green veggies.
I work out everyday at the gym, 20 minutes hard cardio, 40 minutes of weight lifting. Well, the scale hasnt moved at all!! My clotes fit the same they did 3 weeks ago. I am 50 years old and have yo-yo dieted basically for the last 30 years. Is it possible low carb, just isnt for me? I hate the fact that this is not working for me, cause I know what low fat items that contain HFCS can kill you. Does anyone have this problem?

02-12-2010, 07:37 PM
Are you counting calories too, or just carbs?

Thighs Be Gone
02-12-2010, 07:39 PM
Janis, how many carbs do you eat each day?

02-12-2010, 07:52 PM
The only carbs I am getting is from the veggies (mostly spinch) and there is 3 carbs in my protien powder that I have once a day after my workout. I dont count calories.

02-12-2010, 11:06 PM
It's possible, but I think the more likely explanation is that 30 years of yoyo dieting has made your body more resistant to weight loss (that's my theory based on my own experience).

I've been dieting since I was 5, and have never been entirely successful (was never able to reach goal weight. Got close once when taking prescription amphetemine diet pills in high school).

My metabolism has steadily declined with each diet. I don't know if metabolic decline is an inevitable result of crash dieting, but it seems to be a common one. I also have health issues that are believed or known to reduce metabolism (borderline hypothyroid and insulin resistance).

I can only lose weight by counting calories AND carbohydrates (and even then I can go several weeks without a loss). Though usually when I have no loss for more than three weeks, it's because I've either exceeded my calories or my carbs (or both).

I have even maintained my weight on Atkins induction by eating too much of the allowed foods. On South Beach, I lost for a few weeks, but then stabilized.

I ended up choosing a low-carb exchange plan, but I don't lose quickly. Even on very few calories, I don't loss quickly. My body just doesn't pull the big numbers any more.

You may have to tweak similarly (or in another way).

02-12-2010, 11:33 PM
Are you following a specific low-carb plan?

02-13-2010, 06:34 PM
Ketosis seems to be difficult for some people to start. Some people are extremely sensitive of any form of carb. You can accidently eat anything and shut it off. Before giving in totally, I'd go through the food list again and see if you might be accidently letting some sugar through.

02-13-2010, 09:29 PM
I'd start with looking at your calories. You can do low-carb and still overeat for your activity level. An hour at the gym probably isn't burning at much as you may think.

BTW You can do moderate carb without including things like HFCS. Just add in more veggies and fruits not packaged goods... and try keeping things like sugars, grains etc still on the low side.

02-14-2010, 10:16 AM
When I stalled it was because I was not paying attention to my calories. For some people (like me) I had to watch carb as well as calories.


02-14-2010, 10:30 AM
Would you mind posting a typical menu of exactly what you are eating? Also, how much water are you drinking everyday?

02-15-2010, 08:49 AM
I agree with the others that sometimes you have to accept that your body loses slowly. 3 week plateaus are pretty normal for me - in the past year I've had several, and just being patient and getting carb counts even lower and actually counting (carbs and calories) has always worked in the end - but I do need to be patient. I think there are more than a few of us who lose weight in spurts. I've learned that if I lose more than one pound a week I'll stall and in the end my average will be less than one pound a week. I could stress out about slow weight loss or being on a plateau or I can do what I do -- just suck it up and keep at it, and it always breaks. I've lost 35 pounds in about 11 months, and those pounds feel like they are gone permanently. Not fast, but steady, and really FOREVER.

I've also come to believe that for many of us carb-counters, calories DO COUNT. There may be some lucky ones who can eat thousands of calories a day, but I think that the thinking in the medical sphere around carb restriction today has moved on from Atkins and no longer believes unlimited calories works for weight loss. Still, low carb calories are very satisfying, and I do believe in keeping calories as high as possible while you lose (to not damage your metabolism). I still lose on 1700 cals a day, and on low carb that's a LOT of food.

The food journal is another of my plateau weapons. Like you I don't keep one most of the time, but as soon as things get stuck it's my first line of defense, mainly because it makes me much more aware and I have to face facts. I can see that the celery I nibbled on all day did contain x grams of carbs, and added to cheese maybe it's too much. Basically I think we often eat more than we think we do, and often there are carbs you don't think about and if you're trying to break a plateau and be in ketosis often you need to be back in the 20 gram range of carbs, and wow, those little grams add up fast once you start to count.

Bottom line : be patient. Be willing to re-think what you're doing, be a bit more strict and objective about what's going on.

Can you commit to 3 weeks of really counting carbs? Maybe also making sure your calories are low enough so you can lose? If you can get carbs to 20-30 grams for 3 weeks and get calories in the 1400-1700 range and you're STILL not losing then you can reasonably ask whether low-carb can work for you -- but from what I see right now you need PATIENCE more than you need a new plan.

Good luck -- and hang in there!

03-04-2010, 01:49 PM
I've been having the same trouble, and I think it's because I'm just starving all the time on Atkins if I keep my calories low enough to actually lose weight. I've been reading Metabolism Miracle and I think I'm going to try that instead; it's more or less Atkins, at least in the first 8 weeks, only lower fat and calories. I'm hopeful that will work for me, but time will tell.

04-22-2010, 09:40 AM
Hi thistoo.

You should not be hungry on Atkins if you are following the plan. The minimum amount of calories for a woman is 1500-1800 but depending on your weight and other factors it's often many more.

The general rule on Atkins is, if you are hungry - eat, just make sure you are eating on plan. That's the benefit of low carb vs. low fat :o)