Hey, babes. If you are trying to follow a low carb lifestyle, and maybe you’re even feeling the benefits of low carbs, like having more energy and feeling great in your body, but you’re not seeing the scale drop yet. Or maybe you want to implement a low carb lifestyle and you want to enjoy it. But for some reason, it just hasn’t been working for you and you’re not feeling your best. No worries. That’s what this post is all about. I’ve worked with hundreds of women following a low carb lifestyle. And I’m going to share with you today, three reasons why you’re probably not losing weight on low carb or feeling your best so that you can then fix it.
Living a low carb lifestyle can not only help you with weight loss, it can help you decrease inflammation, feel better, have more energy, decreased food cravings. There are so many benefits. Honestly, the list goes on and on, but I totally understand that there’s so much misinformation out there or just so much information in general. It could be overwhelming on how to actually implement it, to get the results that you want and feel your best, and where to start. You may have tried some things to make it work for you, and you just feel like it’s not.
Let’s get into this so I can share with you a couple of reasons why you may not be seeing the results that you want with low carb lifestyle. That way you can switch it up, implement these things, and start losing weight and feeling like your best self. I totally got you covered.
Reason #1 – Going Too Low On Carbs
So tip number one might actually shock you, but the biggest mistake I usually see with women doing a low carb approach is that they go too low. They try to completely cut them out. And especially if you’re coming from a higher carb diet, that’s really not going to work well for you most of the time.
How I like to look at it is I never want people to feel fear of carbs. I never want people to feel like they can never eat them, actually quite the opposite. I want you to enjoy as many carbs as you can to of get the benefits of low carb and see results. And that comes along with finding your carbohydrate tolerance, that sweet spot of carbs that feels the best for you and helps you get the results that you want to get.
I really believe that everyone has their own carb tolerance. So what your friend does or what I do may not be exactly what you need to do. It comes with a little trial and error and seeing what works best for you. But the problem I see is when people go way too low, they end up craving them even more and they’re cutting them out.
A lot of this even comes down to emotional satisfaction as well, along with the fact that we do need carbohydrates in the diet, especially to get fiber for regular digestion, for hormone health. There’s plenty of reasons that it’s important to have those carbohydrates. Especially if you are more active, but it’s finding that right amount that works best for you.
Very often what I see when people go way too low in carbs is, it’s that whole restrict and then binge, right? We try and completely cut them out. And then all of a sudden, we go to a party and they’re all in our face and we just want to binge on everything. And then we feel like a failure and then we’re cutting them out again on Monday and then the cycle repeats. That doesn’t work for anyone. It’s like I’ve mentioned before, you tell a toddler not to do something, they’re going to want to do it. I just spent four days with four kids under four years old. And trust me when I say, if you tell a kid not to do something, they’re going to want to do it 10 times more, but we are not as mature as we think as adults. It’s really the same thing. If I tell you not to do something, you’re going to want to do it 10 times more.
With my approach with low carb, I never want anyone to completely cut them out. I don’t think that works and I don’t think that’s necessary. What we do is we portion them and we balance them with other foods so you can still enjoy whatever carbs it is you love in moderation and lose weight. It’s really not about how low carb you can get, it’s about what is going to work for you long term.
Reason #2 - Not Adding Enough Protein, Fat, and Veggies to your Plate to Lose Weight and Feel Your Best
So often I just see people cutting out carbs from their diet, and they’re not replacing any of those carbohydrates with something else. That’s probably going to leave you feeling lethargic, irritable, cranky, and hangry. Now, instead of just trying to eat so little and completely cut out all the carbs, it’s really important to make a balanced meal and have those carbohydrates in a portion size with each meal or at least one or two meals per day. But when it comes to the other foods on your plate, you want to make sure you’re having lots of veggies.
Fun Fact: veggies are carbohydrates. They’re just very high in fiber and still low in carbs, even though they are carbohydrates. They’re a great food group to have a lot of on your plate for your health and your weight loss. I recommend my clients getting about one to two cups or about half your plate of veggies for lunch and dinner. And if you get them in a breakfast, awesome, that’s great too.
Then there’s protein. You want to make sure that you’re having enough protein to prevent muscle mass loss and to keep your metabolism up when you’re trying to lose weight. And also protein does an amazing job at keeping you full along with the veggies and the fat.
That leaves us with fat. I see people all of the time, cutting out the carbs and pulling back on fat. And I just think that’s a really bad combo because when you’re not using as many carbohydrates for fuel, you’re going to switch into using more fat for fuel. Now that’s not to say you can’t do that from eating protein and veggies. However, you do want to make sure that you are eating enough throughout the day, even if you are trying to lose weight.
The good thing about fat is it keeps you full for a long time. It’s one of those metric macronutrients that is really, really satiating. And the reason why low carb is so successful, a lot of the time is because protein, fat, and fiber are going to keep you super full and satisfied in your weight loss journey, as opposed to carbs, which are more of a quick source of energy. They get digested more rapidly and they don’t keep you as full for as long.
The cool thing about low carb is you can lose weight without calorie counting or macro counting because you’re managing your hunger. Just because you are going low carb doesn’t mean we’re going low on everything, right? Make sure to have enough protein, fat, and high fiber veggies on your plate to keep your blood sugar balanced and you feeling good, satisfied, and energized in your weight loss journey. Okay?
Reason #3 – Snacking Too Often When You’re Not Hungry
I actually have a client story I wanted to share. This kind of goes with number one, going too low carb and number three, snacking too often. So this client came to me following a keto lifestyle and she wasn’t having any carbs or any starch or fruit throughout the day, but what this client was doing was snacking on a lot of low carb products at night, even if it was healthy, things like nuts, it was holding her back from losing weight.
We literally added one carb serving to her lunch meal and she felt more emotionally satisfied and satiated that she stopped snacking at nighttime. And she was able to lose 15 pounds. It’s such a simple switch like that. Because she was already eating really healthy. She was already following a low carb lifestyle but going too low carb and snacking too much really held her back from reaching her goals.
I hope that these were really helpful for you. I know it can be a struggle trying to figure out what works for you when it comes to weight loss. Just be patient because it does take some time to figure out what works best for you, but you totally can do this. And if you are struggling and you want a little bit more help with this, I actually have a free workshop. That’s an hour-long training teaching you my step-by-step process that I walk clients through when it comes to low carb weight loss. If you’re interested in learning more about that, definitely click this link, it’s packed with value. I know you’re going to love it. And like I said, it’s totally free. I hope you check that out.