I started back on a low carb diet this month keeping my carbs under or at 20 net grams a day. I eat about 5% carbs, 30% protein, and 65% fats give or take a few and my calories are between 1400 and 1600 a day. My RDI to lose weight is 1800 so at 1400 to 1600 a day I should REALLY be losing weight.
I lost 6.5 lbs the first week (all water I'm sure) and NOTHING since. It has been about 1.5 weeks and I have not budged an ounce.. in fact, for a day, I gained a lb back. Now that last week I have been expecting TOM and started yesterday morning. Could that be it? Despite sticking to my diet 100% is it possible I will not lose and actually still gain just because of my period? Sheesh! It's bad enough that this time of the month is hard to avoid all the sugar cravings and chocolate I want but to be so diligent and still see nothing completely throws me over the edge. I do use keto sticks and I am showing ketosis still every single day in my urine.
I use NO artificial sweetners, NO soda, no fake foods like bars or shakes, and drink 120 oz of ice water a day. On the occasion that I do use AS...I make coffee with organic unsalted cultured butter (instead of cream...so yummy and velvety) and liquid stevia. So I have no idea what more I need to cut out. I feel like my only hope is eating plain fish or chicken with no salt or anything yummy on it and plain lettuce is the only way I will lose weight and I know that won't work for me.
UGH! I am really hoping and needing a whoosh when this week is up...then I will feel better. Still wrapping my head around the fact that this is a lifestyle change and not just a temporary "diet". Still dealing with trying to break all the habits and the yo-yo dieting mentality since I am a stress/emotional eater. Hope it gets better soon!