I've been having issues with lchf, I can lose the initial stored carbs attached to water, but after that there seems to be a complete lack of weight loss/stall. ( on lchf for 2 years)
Then with the addition of propranolol, a beta blocker, for migraines, I gained 45 pounds in 5 months. I have been off of it for one month and my weight has stabilised but still no losses.
So I had blood work done. I'm a 29 female.
Fasting glucose : 92
Fasting insulin: 32 (should be less then an 8 if not a 0)
Testosterone free: 0.4
Total cholesterol 155
I do want to add for 2 months of my ac1 I was on a beta blocker and it does raise blood sugar.
And I had a hypoglycemia panic attacks a few minutes before my blood work, but then was feeling fine and not hypoglycemic during blood draw (=adrenaline =release of glucose by liver? = looks like higher fasting??? )
I have switched to topamax for migraines, and the heat intolerance completely removes cardio exercise for me.
I've been seeing doctors for years trying to get help with weight loss, my hypoglycemia and hypotension problems. But I keep hearing diet /exercise. Or that I'm lying about what I am eating or how much I am (was) exercising.
I need help!
asked byAlalia (43)
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on July 16, 2014
at 08:23 PM
Hi Alalia, it is possible for atypical things to happen anywhere in the population. It should absolutely be possible for a person to not lose weight while on a Low Carb High Fat diet(LCHF). Assuming a LCHF diet where you are controlling Calories In Calories Out (CICO) this becomes extremely rare based on personal and PH anecdotal experiences. Considering you are a relatively new user and that this is your first question you'll have to understand that the original screening provided by matt and in part raydawg is very typical. 9 times out of 10 (or even more) they will be right. Which means they are probably right in this circumstance as well. That being said,,,
There are variables that might help this to happen. You mentioned some medication as one possible contributing factor. This is definitely possible. Rather than go into all the possible causes I'll offer a simple solution that I would offer to any individual, especially once who considers themselves metabolically damaged (though self diagnosis is dangerous and should be avoided, even with the aid of fellow internet 'gurus'). Quality muscle contractions are necessary for global metabolic fitness. If your metabolism was to blame for your lack of weight loss then quality muscle contractions would be at the top of the list of my suggestions right after counting your calories.
So yes it is unlikely, very unlikely, but possible. If I were you I would go to a maintenance calorie diet and include walking vigorously at least 30 minutes per day along with any other weight lifting or cardio you enjoy. Be consistent, if you follow these guidelines by me and other posters then the only way you won't meet your goals is if you break some of the laws of physics!
on July 16, 2014
at 10:54 AM
The only time it wouldn't work is if you're under very high stress, or you're hypothyroid. Certainly that beta blocker would have contributed to this, and high blood sugar, is well, going to prevent LCHF by definition.
Assuming those hormones and fasting blood sugar are normal, if you find you can't lose fat under a LCHF, you can kickstart the process with HIIT and weight training.
Building muscles is really the best way to burn fat - without enough muscle, you won't make much of a dent, or the process will be very very slow. Don't worry about looking like a male body builder, your hormones will prevent that from happening. You don't have to lift heavy, even smaller weights can make a big difference. Start with something like a 5lbs or 10lbs set of dumbbells and work your way up.
Muscles can be used for disposing of excess carbs and also triglycerides, and when they're in good shape, they'll have tons of mitochondria which will help make use of any ketones you make from a low carb, high fat diet.
If your fat cells are releasing their stores, but nothing is burning them, they'll go right back to storage. So without the right kinds of exercise, it's not going to work well.
on July 14, 2014
at 07:26 PM
It is metabolically possible NOT to lose weight on LCHF under certain circumstances. There are many factors to consider. What is your weight and height? Do you really need to lose a significant amount of weight--it's been my observation that people who don't have a lot to lose (20-30 lbs or fewer) don't lose easily on LCHF)? Has your thyroid function been thoroughly evaluated (not just TSH levels)? Your medications and comorbidities may be factors. Perhaps there is too much stress caused by lifestyle, illness, or overexercise, causing adrenal issues that interfere with weight loss.
But more often people who can't lose weight on LCHF can't aren't really doing LCHF even though they may believe so. So it would help to post your dietary intake for a few days. Often carbs are too high or fat is too low. Either of these issues will make weight loss difficult or impossible. I've seen people here say "I'm eating low carb except for one Coke a day". Well, just one Coke or Pepsi exceeds an entire day's worth of carbs on low carb. Or the person is eating egg whites and boneless skinless chicken breasts with just a teaspoon of olive oil and some low fat dressing on a salad. That's not sufficient fat. Either instance will sabotage weight loss because there's not sufficient support for metabolizing fat and for hormonal balance.
on July 14, 2014
at 10:33 AM
One of the side effects of propanol is weight gain. see:
"Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: shortness of breath, blue fingers/toes, swelling ankles/feet, mental/mood changes (e.g., depression), numbness/tingling of arms/legs, very slow heartbeat, fainting, decreased sexual ability, unexplained/sudden weight gain, increased thirst/urination."