Tweak Your Low-Carb Diet for Optimal Fat-Burning Results

People get into the low-carb diet for a variety of reasons. Some to control their blood-sugar levels or lower their blood pressure. Many try this diet to lose weight. If you belong to the latter group, it is highly likely that you have experienced significant weight loss in your first few weeks only to hit a weight-loss plateau. There are several reasons why the number on the scale is not budging. Here are a few reasons why, as well as possible remedies.

One reason why your weight loss has become stalled might be because you are not actually losing fat. During your first weeks of the diet, the first few pounds you shed are mostly water. Afterwards, the weight loss may slowly trickle in. Another reason why the number on the scale may not be moving is because you have gained muscle. Don’t depend on the scale to track your results. Get a measuring tape or try on your old clothes. If you find that your clothes have become loose, then you surely have burned some fat.

Another reason for hitting a weight-loss plateau is because you might be carb sensitive. In this case, reduce your carb intake to 50 grams per day. If the results you get are still marginal, cut back your carb intake to 20 grams per day.

In losing weight, there are three important elements that you need to be mindful of: diet, exercise and rest. Many people succeed in tweaking their food intake and activity level but overlook the final component, which is getting rest. Lack of sleep can cause several woes. It can make you feel constantly tired, affecting your motivation to exercise. Another reason why the weight does not seem to budge is because you are stressed. If your body is in a constant state of fight or flight, your cortisol levels become elevated. In turn, this increases your hunger pangs and cravings.

You may also have to look at the food you’re eating. You may be getting marginal results simply because you’re consuming too much processed food. Instead opt for meats, veggies, eggs and food with healthy fats. You may also need to watch out for too much consumption of dairy products. Although these have low carbs, their protein levels are high. When you consume too much protein, you may inadvertently drive your insulin level up.

Finally, take a look at your exercise program, or lack thereof. Exercise is crucial to improving your metabolism. If you are keen on losing weight, a suitable exercise program should include some form of resistance training in addition to cardio exercises.

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