Help me out on this one: I'm trying to shed the last 4 kilo on a low carb WOE. More specific, I'm on the Leptin Rx. I don't seem to gain weight, which is a relieve, because I read that a lot of women gain on this WOE.
But I also don't seem to lose weight. Is there anything I can do to make me lose, apart from eating <25grams of carbs each day?
My average food plan: Breakfast is 200grams of mackerel or 300 grams of ground lean beef, 1 big tablespoon of coconut oil Dinner is 150grams of fatty pork, lamb, and 300grams of cabbage, 1 big tablespoon of coconut oil No lunch, no snacking, drinking unsweetened green tea or water
Should I start to count calories?
While it's not common to overeat in a low carb diet, sometimes it happens, and no matter how small your carb intake is, if you are taking more calories than you spend, you will not lose weight.
When I'm only a little bit heavier than I want to be, and my ad libitum eating pattern is keeping me at that weight, counting calories is how I get my weight back down. I also find that calorie counting resets my eating pattern to a level that keeps my weight stable at the desired level.
Weight loss requires a caloric deficit, so if you're not losing weight, and you don't have some sort of metabolic problem that prevents weight loss, then you need to eat fewer calories. Calorie counting is a reliable and systematic method of reducing caloric intake. If for whatever reason you are unable to simply eat a little bit less than you are now, then my advice would be to count calories.
You may want to just sit and level out for a while before pushing to lose more weight. You might also want to consider throwing in more exercise. Probably the easiest thing though would be to push those meals together so you miss either breakfast or dinner instead of lunch. Even if that doesn't do the trick on its own, it'll probably allow you to eat a bit less at the second meal without too much difficulty.
I counted calories, I was low-carb, I went paleo. I started out with the Shangri-la Diet and was able to add all this stuff as my appetite dropped. So, for instance, I know one strategy would be to get a nose-clip and try eating that big breakfast w/out tasting it. You probably couldn't finish it, so maybe you should do it with dinner instead. I think low-carb is beneficial, but once you get below 50g a day, the return on investment isn't very high. I would do that a lot trying to get the scale to move, but in retrospect, it just doesn't seem to help much, especially near the end. The less fat you have, the more tightly the body tries to hold on to it. Counting calories works, as long as your appetite cooperates. I would point out that you need to make sure you get adequate protein, but you are on the leptinRX so you'll probably get more than adequate protein, depending on your size.
It might also be worth it to remember that losing weight does encourage certain hormonal effects, some of which aren't so great. I think cortisol is involved, for instance, and if we lose weight too fast, we may be setting ourselves up for problems later on down the line. I suspect I may have cause myself a few problems.