Low-carb diets like Keto, LCHF, Paleo, and Atkins are the most popular diets for weight loss. But, don’t be surprised if you are not losing weight on a low-carb diet, as it’s a common problem that dieters face at one point, and most of the times, they don’t know why this happens.
This article points out 5 common reasons why you are not losing weight on a low carb diet.
- Too Much Fruit
Most fruits contain high natural sugar and fructose. Fruits are packed with nutrients, but if you are on a low carb diet to lose weight, eating fruits will make it harder to reach your weight target. Choose only low carb nutrient dense fruits like berries or lemons, vegetables and whole grains as your carb source instead.
- Eating Too Little
When you are eating too little, you are not getting sufficient calories. Your body will enter a conservation, “survival” mode and store fat to support normal functioning. This causes fats to remain in your body!
- Not Counting Calories
If you did not keep track of the food and the number of calories you eat, it is highly possible that you will overeat. A person who consumes more calories than the body can burn will lead to weight gain.
- Little to No Exercise
Exercise is very important for both physical and mental health. It stimulates the metabolism of your body and burns calories. A combination of cardio and muscle building exercises can be an effective way to lose weight.
- Too Many Cheat Meals
It is normal to have cheat meals when you are on a strict diet. It is not too serious if you cheat once a week, but if you cheat too often, often unknowingly, it will ruin your progression and prone to food addiction.
It may be frustrating on your weight loss journey, but losing weight takes time, patience, discipline and persistence. The biggest element regarding Low Carb Diet for weight loss is to eat real whole food, balance meals and in a variety. Cut down on processed foods or artificial sweeteners, eat highly nutritious meals and exercise. You will be amazed by the outcome!
Love Earth Organic Nutritionist
Bachelor of Science Degree in
Dietetics (major) & Food Science (minor)
Iowa State University, USA