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Counting calories on low carb?

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Created May 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM

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?

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:35 PM

I agree with PrimalDanny. If you can't exercise, then you probably won't lose the last bit of weight without negative effects. Your best bet may be to follow through with with leptin reset and if/when you are satisfied there, look to add in exercise and later on possibly a longer intermittent fast.

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on May 11, 2012
at 06:08 PM

Does it require counting calories? Or weight loss for that matter? And if you've only be doing it 10 days how can you possibly know how your bodyfat levels are responding? If you can't exercise or go without eating then I really wouldn't be worrying about a few pounds of weight at this time.

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on May 11, 2012
at 03:35 PM

Thanks, will do!

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on May 11, 2012
at 12:32 PM

Maybe you missed the part of me being on the Leptin Rx, making it not possible to exercise or skip breakfast or dinner....

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on May 11, 2012
at 12:23 PM

And 10 days into the Leptin Rx.

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on May 11, 2012
at 11:53 AM

46, lost 15 kilo in a couple of months, due to stress and giving up wheat and sugar. But, and that's the culprit, I do suffer from an eating disorder. I'm prone to binge eating and nocturnal eating syndrome. So I gained 5 kilo back. Now I'm 122lbs and 5,4. I do believe my body fat is 25%. Most of my fat is on my belly.

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at 11:49 AM

Yep. Not specifically for Leptin Rx, but I do take 1000mg of vitamin C, 2000mcg of D, 3000mg magnesium, and one multivitamin (Solgar V2000) daily.

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on May 11, 2012
at 11:49 AM

Age, starting weight and fat%, current weight and fat%, time on low-carb?

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at 11:27 AM

Are you taking any supplements?

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on May 11, 2012
at 12:58 PM

Go to PaleoTrack.com or Cronometer.com and start tracking your food intake.

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.

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Thanks, will do!

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on May 11, 2012
at 02:34 PM

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.

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on May 11, 2012
at 12:25 PM

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.

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on May 11, 2012
at 06:08 PM

Does it require counting calories? Or weight loss for that matter? And if you've only be doing it 10 days how can you possibly know how your bodyfat levels are responding? If you can't exercise or go without eating then I really wouldn't be worrying about a few pounds of weight at this time.

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on May 11, 2012
at 12:32 PM

Maybe you missed the part of me being on the Leptin Rx, making it not possible to exercise or skip breakfast or dinner....

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:35 PM

I agree with PrimalDanny. If you can't exercise, then you probably won't lose the last bit of weight without negative effects. Your best bet may be to follow through with with leptin reset and if/when you are satisfied there, look to add in exercise and later on possibly a longer intermittent fast.

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on May 11, 2012
at 12:01 PM

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.

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