Why has my weight loss leveled after week 3+ of the Atkins Diet?

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Question by evil1gdsm: Why has my weight loss leveled after week 3+ of the Atkins Diet?
I’ve done the atkins diet before with good results. Now i decided to get back to it & have been very good for the past 3+ weeks. I limit myself to <20 carbs on avg & never cheat. I noticed that my weight loss has leveled off. Is this normal? I'm still in a very dark stage of Ketosis according to the urine strips. Any suggestions? Best answer:

Answer by LSRB
I was on the atkins diet as well. When I did what you were doing I stopped losing weight as well. Something in your body is holding back on the weight loss. Kick up your carb intake to around 60 to 75 max a day. Keep exercising and you will continue to lose weight.

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5 Responses to “Why has my weight loss leveled after week 3+ of the Atkins Diet?”

  1. Alan's Goddess writes:

    That’s normal. You level off at some point in every diet. Just ride through it and you’ll soon see your weight dropping again.

  2. sexygurlxoxo writes:

    Your body makes different changes every day. Diets work different for every1. Stay with the Atkins diet for 1 – 2 more weeks and if the same results still appear then ask your nutritionist or doctor to start a new diet.

  3. ted j writes:

    A balanced diet is the best.

  4. cyn_texas writes:

    Atkins is notorious for having a plateau in week 6 not usually week 3. I wouldn’t be concerned. I’d suggest increasing calories and carbs. I started Atkins just to get my appetite under control (disabled & unable to exercise) and I was pleased when I started losing lots of weight but that was never my goal, I plateaued for awhile, I didn’t freak (since weight loss wasn’t objective anyway) and increased my calories & carbs to 30 grams and 10# fell off overnight and I continued losing thereafter. Made no logical sense. This is why I’m so adamant about the low calorie fallacy and the metabolism theory and the young girls on the board not losing weight for months on 600-1100 calories have confirmed it in my mind. I believe my body realized ok, plenty of food available, release the fat stores now.

    You will lose more body fat eating protein and fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you’ll need added potassium). Keep the calories high and the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Adding in green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

    Your body won’t release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow your metabolism to compensate and store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering your calories, it will continue lowering that set point, til you can survive off nothing and store fat on anything. The body will only release it’s fat stores if it knows there is plenty of food.

    Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) and exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

    The core of the Atkins program is converting your body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). You need to keep your fat levels at >65% of your calories, if you don’t your body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

    It takes minimum of 3 days to convert your body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis) you will probably feel sluggish the first week but most people feel better than ever thereafter.

    Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) triggers insulin which can store the calories you eat into fat. The more protein you eat the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate you eat the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

    Simple carbs are addictive and can be disastrous to our health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs and eat one every time you want “something” have huge omelets for breakfast, with bacon, a lil onion, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops for lunch. Get pork rinds and eat them with tuna salad. Steak for dinner. Make a huge sugar free cheese cake for dessert. Eat so much you won’t feel deprived of anything. By the fourth day, your addiction will be gone and you can start making healthy choices.

    High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger and unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase your muscle mass with high HGH levels.

    Ground flax seed (2 Tbsp) 1/4 cup of water, cinnamon, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle and nuke for 1.5 min. for hot cereal or 2 min. for more of a muffin type thing. Great low carb, high fiber treat. Suggested for daily fiber needs.

    The first 2 weeks you can have several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce and celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers and more variety of vegetables thereafter add 5 grams per day additional (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) every week til you gain weight, then you subtract 10 carbs. That would give you your personal carb level (everyone is different and it depends on how active you are.) As long as you remain <9 carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control, and shouldn't gain weight.

    Many people gain weight on high carb, then switch to low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb that they gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar and maintain weight or health.

    Dr.Atkins was a cardiologist, low carb was a health plan easier sold as a "diet" Read any of his books for easily understandable science. Normalizing blood pressure, blood sugar, insulin, cholesterol, triglyercerides and hormone levels are all bonus features of doing low carb way.

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