You may find yourself in the situation where you are doing everything right, hitting the perfect ketogenic diet macros, exercising 5-6 times a week, keeping the carbs at a minimum range to reach deep nutritional ketosis but still not getting the results you want.
The scale’s going up and down and you feel like you’re going nowhere and all you want is to give up. I know how frustrating this is, I’ve been there to the point where I got depressed and started to hate myself for not being able to lose weight faster.
Well, first of all, remember that weight-loss isn’t a linear process and scales don’t measure health.
1. Develop long-term healthy eating habits – Keto diet for health, not only for weight-loss
Our bodies are complex machines and the fact you decided to properly nourish the 37 trillion cells is already a measure of great progress.
Self-love and conscious intuitive eating are habits that need your time and attention.
Choosing low carb foods and finding keto alternatives to high-carb processed foods makes your body function well and balance your hormones.
Weight loss is non-linear because the body starts to change and you will experience weight fluctuations.
The combo of factors that influence the weight loss measured by scale consists of all the different processes that your body needs to repair so it can start losing the extra pounds.
You need to get healthy before you can start losing weight, not lose weight to get healthy. I love this quote from Dr Berg.
What are the benefits of the ketogenic diet besides weight-loss?
- Fights type 2 diabetes
- Fights heart diseases
- Increased LDL (the good cholesterol)
- Reduced Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels
- Balanced Hormones
- Mental Clarity
- Better Focus
- Increased overall energy
- Improves health in women with PCOS
2. Take measurements, forget the old scale
When it comes to progress in a ketogenic diet, the best and most effective way that I’m always recommending my clients is to forget the classic bathroom scale and measuretheir bodies monthly.
Not seeing results on the scale means you may be losing inches and fat, not pounds.
A lower body fat percentage means you will be less at risk of developing health issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and many others.
Measure your body at the beginning of the month and then at the end and compare the numbers to see how much progress you have actually made. The key body part s to measure are waist, hips, thighs, calves, bust.
3. Use a body fat analyzer scale
A body fat analyzer is a sophisticated tool created to measure some metrics related to health and fitness.
This modern scale keeps track of your progress in an app that comes with the product.
I ordered this body fat analyser called FitTrack this summer out of curiosity.
This scale has changed my life and the way I track my health and vital signs. The app tracks:
- Body Weight
- Body Fat
- Fat-free Body Weight
- Body Water
- Skeletal muscle
- Muscle mass
- Bone Mass
- Metabolic Age.
I love the fact that it can keep a history and makes charts based on your data.
It can be also used by different members of the family. The price very reasonable for such a high-quality item. I recommend you get one of this scale because for me it’s a good motivator.
It has many other functions and the free app syncs with APPLE HEALTH, GOOGLE FIT and FITBIT APP.
These types of scales function us a technology called bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) to measure body fat.
A very low electrical current is sent to your body. The electrical current runs quickly through water and muscle than bone or fat, the scale measures the speed of the current. After this based on that number, the scale estimates body fat using a multi-step, mathematical formula.
4. Smaller clothes
If your clothes get loose but you can’t see any weight loss on the scale it means that you are losing body fat and inches.
This is very common in the ketogenic community. Keep in mind muscle weighs more than fat and if you are not seeing the results you seek on the scale it means your gaining lean muscle. All you have to do is to go on because you are on the right track.
5. Take pictures of your body
This similar to the classic “before ” and “after” photos but taken while your body is still in progress. With this method, you can really see the results of your hard work and dedication.
I suggest you take pictures since day one, then day 20, day 40, day 60. It would be awesome if you can take the pictures in the same clothes and in the same angle.
Take home message
Strive for progress, not perfection. The secret weapon against the unwanted pounds is patience and perseverance. Trust the process and keep going.
Let me know what keeps you motivated to stay on track! It would be amazing to learn from you.
PS: I highly recommend you purchase the FitTrack Smart Scale I really can’t express how much this product has changed my life!