I’ve been in a pretty significant weight loss stall for a couple of months now. I’ve wrestled with it a lot. I obsessively tracked my food. I cut some dairy (but not a lot). I shook things up a bit by alternating my fasting. None of those things made much of a difference. Truth be told, I didn’t fully commit to any of those changes. I sort of gave up dairy (switching my beloved heavy cream in my coffee for coconut cream, which I like, but not touching my butter intake). I sort of alternated my fasting (actually, I just gave up fasting for a week and went back to my regular 16:8 routine). And when I tracked food, I didn’t include the occasional martini or bourbon at night (because even though those are “keto-friendly” drinks, alcohol still kicks you out of ketosis). Plus my new schedule (I am in class Tuesday and Thursday nights) means I eat dinner at 5 pm on Tue and Thur and usually around 8 pm on the rest of the days – this messes with my 16:8 fasting schedule.
But here’s the deal. While I know I need to lose at least another 20-25lbs, I’m not really in a place in my life right now to fully commit to the next step of my weight loss journey (being serious about dairy, amping up my fasting routine and adding regular exercise). Working full-time and going to graduate school at night all while trying to maintain my marriage and some semblance of my volunteer and social life, I don’t have the mental capacity to make big changes in my way of eating. And I’m at peace with that decision. For now. I am at peace, because, and this is key, I have not gone the other direction. I have lost just shy of 40lbs in 6 months and I have not gained any of the weight back despite slipping here and there.
However, I am not giving up. Not even in the slightest. I will not let myself start slowly ticking back up. I will continue to eat low-carb (< 20g a day). I will continue to weigh myself and record my fat percentage every day on my chart on my bathroom mirror. It is the one thing that keeps me focused and on track. While I can’t make big changes, I can make little ones if the needle starts going the other way.
At the end of the day, the trend is still a downward trend – just glacially slow in comparison to the heady early days of this WOE. All of this is a good thing. And that’s what finally sunk in for me. A downward trend is a good thing. The frustration comes because I am not losing as much and as quickly with virtually no effort as I did in the beginning. And that is a real frustration. It is also the reason I have given up in the past. I’m not giving up. I feel too good on this way of eating.
So if you landed on this post because you yourself are in a plateau and are looking for answers or if you are just starting out and thinking about low-carb/high-fat/keto, all I can say is be true to yourself and know that this way of eating will give you amazing and fast weight loss at the beginning, but that it will slow down if you don’t make big changes. If you are not mentally ready to make those big changes (don’t if you aren’t because you will fail), then find a way to make peace with the snail’s pace at which weight loss happens once you have hit your body set weight. But more than anything, you will feel absolutely amazing on this WOE and that alone will give you the strength not to go back to old ways of eating.
You can do this! I can do this! Let’s do this together!