In ketosis but not losing weight?

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I am eating a ketogenic primal diet and have been for the last week or so. I eat 20-30 grams of carbohydrates per day; I am getting a LOT of fat, like 70%-80% of my calories (I basically add coconut oil, lard, or duck fat to everything I can possibly think of). According to the ketostix I bought the other day, I was in mild ketosis yesterday and moderate ketosis as of this morning. I am not doing any cardio or weight training but am trying to walk a lot - according to my pedometer I walk between 12,000 and 20,000 steps each day.

I am super frustrated because the last time I did this, back when I first went primal, the weight started coming off right away; that was about a year ago. Then I got back to school and fell off the bandwagon, so to speak, and started eating junk again. I decided I needed to get back to eating well, and I'm feeling healthier overall. The last few weeks I have been eating strictly primal and the last week has been ketogenic because I'm trying to lose 10 or 15 lbs.

I know I am not at my body's "ideal weight" because last time I did this I started at my current weight and lost about 15 lbs fairly quickly, and it stayed off without any trouble.

I was having one or occasionally two alcoholic drinks (usually wine, sometimes "cheated" and had beer) most days until yesterday, when I decided to stop drinking altogether in case that was getting in the way.

I know I should be more patient but I'm nervous that I'm doing something wrong, and when I'm eating so much fat it's difficult for me to keep my calories up. I'm usually not hungry anymore by the time I've had 1200-1500 calories but yesterday I bumped up to around 2000 to try and tell my body there is plenty of food so it can let go of that body fat.

Any suggestions? Do I just need to keep going and hope the weight loss starts soon?

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5814 · April 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Be patient and keep going. Definitely drop the alcohol! You may just not have the water weight on you to lose that you did last time. Give it at least 2 weeks without any cheats. If you aren't having progress at that point, you may need to reconfigure where you are getting your carbs (fruits versus starches) and fats (nuts versus animal fats), etc.

11251 · April 19, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Unless your picture is false, the reason you aren't losing weight is that you don't need to.
Sure, I understand there might be particular places that you don't like, but that is body recomposition stuff best done with heavy weights and extra calories. You can grow a figure that is sustainable rather than doing the roller-coaster diet thing. We all lose some muscle during these dieting phases, so, essentially you are now trying to lose some fat, but you've got less over all muscle, so it isn't as easy as it was before. You are attempting to be the ever-shrinking person, which, at the extreme, leads to death.

11648 · April 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM

If you're looking at losing the last few pounds, you'll have to calorie-restrict too. I was in ketosis for a while too but I didn't lose anything until I cut down calories. At least, that's how my own body reacted. I gave up, because I have malabsorption (I wasn't getting enough vitamins through while eating less), and my thyroid started acting up, and i got hungry all the time while calorie-restricted. Paleo and paleo-ketogenic might have saved my life by fixing a lot of my health issues, but they weren't particularly effective for my weight loss. I'm still obese 1.7 years later (Paleo for life, BTW). I know that my story is not the normal Paleo weight loss story, but from what I've been reading, for these few last pounds, you might have to calorie-restrict.

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