Top 5 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight With a Low-Carb Diet

Jul 08, 2020 07:00 AM EDT | By Staff Reporter (

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Many studies and research say show that low-carb diets are not necessarily effective when it comes to losing weight. However, as this diet trend has become so accessible for many people, a lot think that it is effective. Thus, most people are failing to lose weight through a low-carb diet. 

In this article, we will show you five reasons you are not losing weight, even when you are in a low-carb diet. It could be the food you are eating, the exercise you are following, or how you have changed your lifestyle. Let's have a look. 

You are losing fat without realizing it. 

One thing that people don't realize it is losing weight does not show absolute results in an instant. It takes time for one to notice the results. There will always be times that your scale goes down, and there are days that the scale will tell you you gained weight. However, that does not mean the diet is not sufficient. 

Many people are losing weight in the first week of their low-carb diet, but the reason that happens is that it is mostly water weight. Moreover, people do not realize the fact that losing weight is not the same as losing fat.

You are not eating healthy.

A misconception about a low-carb diet is that the less you eat, the faster you lose weight. But it is not like that. A low-carb diet only means a lesser intake of carbs, not eliminating most of your food intake. People who follow a low-carb diet need to replace their carbs with nutritious options to keep them healthy. Carb replacements can be eggs, meats, fruits, and vegetables. Eating more of these than carbs will help you lose your weight. 

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You consume too much dairy products.

Although dairy is a low-carb food, overeating of it may also cause health problems. Dairy is known to be high in protein, and just like carbs, it lets your body store enough energy to do your daily routine. Dairy protein can fight off insulin as much as white bread, which is not entirely suitable for your health. Try to lessen your dairy intake and keep it at par. 

You are overeating sugar.

There are healthy replacements for sugar that you can eat even when you are following a low-carb diet. These sugar alternatives include raw cane sugar and coconut sugar. However, these are not 100% healthy and good for your health. Sugars that are high in carbs can prevent your body from following a low-carb diet effectively. Thus, taking too much of those sugar alternatives will not make you lose weight even when you are in a low-carb diet. 

Admit it; you can't stop eating unhealthy foods. 

Although it's okay to have a cheat day on your diet from time to time, one cheat meal can make a big difference in your whole diet. Eating unhealthy foods more often will slow down the weight loss process. You can plan a cheat day every two weeks or ask your doctor about it.

ALSO READ: Dieting Not Enough? Here Are 6 Exercise Tips to Help You Lose Weight

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