This question from the other day re-piqued my interest in going zero carb. I was LC and VLC for a while, with no fat loss success. Eventually I had some unrelated health issues come up though and while I stayed mostly paleo-compliant (no grains, dairy, legumes and usually no sugar), I stopped worrying about my carb intake. I'm feeling better now and after 11 months with no weight loss, I'm looking for new alternatives.
For those of you who do ZC or have past experience with it, how long did it take to see weight/fat loss?
I'll just copy my comment from your other comment, kinetic:
The weight loss was pretty much immediate. Within a week I was down two pounds. At four months in, I was 155, the lowest weight I'd been since I was a teenager. Over the course of the next year, with some tweaks (dropping wine and dairy, for instance) I made it to 146, a weight I hadn't seen since I was twelve years old.
VLC worked for me to a point; I went from 220 to 190 (roughly), but then stalled for over a year. ZC did the trick, but I still don't know why. I'm pretty sure it's a simple matter of carbohydrate in my body: my weight tracks perfectly with carb intake (even in cream and eggs). Add some, and up I go. Take some out, and the weight drops, even with a lot of bacon, ribeye fat, and butter. (My other theory -- more interesting but possibly less plausible -- is that I'm extremely sensitive to most plant matter, and that inflammation from their so-called "secondary compounds" is causing me to put on body fat.)
I do want to add that I've known of at least a couple of overweight women who stuck with it quite strictly for over a year who didn't seem to lose any weight at all. They're in the minority, but they exist. Very mysterious, these bodies of ours are.
Like Rose, I started losing immediately. The first time I tried ZC, I had been VLC for about 3 weeks, and had lost about a pound. I lost about 10 lbs in the next 3 weeks ZC. Weight loss slowed after the first couple of months, and dramatically slowed after my first year. I was down to about 140 from about 180. Since then, in the last half year, I've lost about another 10, and my size continues to decrease, too.
For weight loss...
Be sure to walk 4-5 times per week. Weightlifting is even better.
I really like 3 meals of protien and green veggies. Not zero carb but still very low carb. Not much fat but you can experiment with that aspect of it...
Every person is diffrent.
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