Challenge Forum: Encouraging tips: "when a weight-loss plateau is reached on the LCHF lifestyle"

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Posted: 20 Jan 2013, 13:26

1. Expect weight loss plateaus: Days or weeks where nothing seems to happen on the scale. Everybody gets them. Stay calm. Keep doing what you’re doing and eventually things will start happening again

2. Long-term change is only hard in the beginning, especially during the first couple of weeks. It’s like quitting smoking. Once you develop new habits it becomes easier and easier every week. Eventually it comes naturally.

3. Avoid eating fruit! Sugar from fruit can shut down fat burning. This can increase your hunger and slow your weight loss. For best results avoid fruit – or enjoy it occasionally as a treat.

4. Avoid all artificial sweeteners! According to scientific studies, artificial sweeteners can increase appetite and maintain cravings for sweet food. Artificial sweeteners can maintain an addiction to sweets and lead to snack cravings.

5. Losing fat and gaining muscles is great progress, but you may miss it if you only measure your weight. Thus it’s smart to also track the disappearance of your belly fat, by measuring your waist circumference.

6. Losing Weight Becomes Harder The Closer You Get To Your Ideal Weight. Not only does the pace of weight loss slow down, but your body will work harder to hold on to your fat stores the leaner you become.

7. Consider Intermittent Fasting to break through the plateau by doing one of the following
*7.1 Only eat during a 5-hour time period per day
*7.2 Skip one of your meals per day
*7.3 Do a one day fast per week
*7.4 Try alternate day fasting over a week

Hope these tips are of some assistance.

Keep on going strong! You ARE doing great!
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Posted: 20 Jan 2013, 14:46
This is brilliant advice! Thank you cinnamoneyesWink

A weight loss plateau can be extremely irritating, especially if you are close to your goal weight.

Just curious has anybody around here had experience with intermittent fasting?
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Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 10:06
LowCarbFemme - several of my FS friends (as well as myself have done some intermittent fasting. For all of us I think it has worked well. We did it prior to Thanksgiving to try to lessen the damage of the holiday. I am doing a fast today (started after dinner last night and will break the fast at dinner tonight). Any of us that has tried it; it helped. We typically had the 'bullet proof' coffee during our fast, and the day before our fast we really made sure that we upped our fat intake...the consensus from each of us was it does help curb the hunger that you would have expected to feel.
Start weight 245# 1st goal: 220#-met 04/07/11 2nd goal: 210#-met 05/21/2011
Start over: 221# 11/08/11 Start over: 233.2# 10/2012 Start over goal met: 220# 11/14/2012
Mini goal 212's by Dec -met 12/31/2012 Mini goal: 207's end of Jan- met 01/31/2013 Mini goal: 197's by end of Feb - met 02/27/2013
re-start grrr Mini goal: 197's by 09/19/2013
I have to restart again as I slipped. I am leaving the above so I can keep track. It happens and I have to keep learning. restart at 227 on 07/20/2017.

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Posted: 25 Jan 2013, 02:59
Thank you for the feedback. I am getting closer to goal weight and I think intermittent fasting is a wonderful method to "shake things up a bit" I also feel its wonderful to give the digestive system a bit of a break. I know some people who also do a "fat fast" it really drives the metabolism into top gear. I have first hand seen the amazing results and believe in this completely. Best of luck with your weight loss endeavours. Hugz.
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