Having tried every diet out there and failing, you now decided to try the famous Dr. Atkins’ low-carb approach that others, too, have been raving about. The first week was awesome for you, with probably a weight loss of between 2-10 pounds, and later on, you also most likely lost about 1-3 pounds a week, so overall, you are thrilled seeing your results and you think, “This is great! It’s super easy!”
Now you’ve permanently adapted to your new-found amazing low-carb diet and have even shared it with your friends and family, and you have also started to shop for smaller-sized clothes and have even started to acquaint yourself with all things low-carb in the grocery store. Best of all you now feel more energetic, your cravings have significantly decreased, and perhaps you have even experienced some great changes in your blood sugar and cholesterol levels as well. But as you are enjoying your new weight loss meal plan, suddenly you hit a wall realizing that your low-carb progress has suddenly come to a complete halt.
After continuously losing weight for several weeks or even months, your weight seems to have suddenly stopped at a particular number, and unfortunately, it is still 10 to 30 pounds short of your ultimate weight goal. You face the almost unbelievable truth that you have stopped losing any more weight because your trusty low-carb diet seems to have malfunctioned and suddenly stopped working! And you ask yourself, “WHY?”
Just when you thought you have finally found a solution to your never-ending weight loss problem, something stops working and you start doubting yourself again and the gurus that had taught you this low-carb diet. You start wondering what you did wrong—Is it the nuts you are eating? Or is it the red meat, the cheese, or your oil-based salad dressings? Are your portions too large or are you eating too frequently in a day? You start with these endless questions and self-doubt.
And then what you do is you try to adjust your low-carb diet, “re-strategizing”. You try cutting down your snacks, avoid red meat, and eliminate the nuts from your diet. You skip the oils and butters and cut down your total calories. Unfortunately, after one week of doing this, you do start to lose weight again, but you also find yourself suffering from low energy and the hunger pangs have come to visit you again. What now is a true-blue low-carb dieter supposed to do?
Before you do anything drastic to tweak your diet or even cross Dr. Atkins’ low-carb diet off your list, try to ask yourself this question: Aside from your low-carb diet, are you exercising as well?
“What? Exercise?” you may retort. “But the best part about doing my low-carb diet is that even without exercising, I was losing some weight!” – Well, that was before.
While it is all good that you can lose tremendous amounts of weight on a low-carbohydrate diet even without doing exercise, the truth is, observing this diet alone will get you only so far until you have finally stopped losing weight doing it. More or less, you won’t be able reach your target weight without combining your low-carb diet with exercise, or adding exercise to your weight loss strategy once you have stopped losing weight solely from your low-carb diet.
And if you are saying, “Well, I’m already exercising for months with my diet, but my weight is still at a halt!” then ask yourself this: Are you exercising properly? Not only do you have to exercise regularly, you also have to learn how to do it properly.
The best news is that low-carb dieters already have an edge over high-carb eaters when it comes to adding exercise to lose even more weight. It’s true! A low-carb diet makes you burn just as much fat in just 20 minutes as a high carb diet helps you burn fat in 40 minutes! In other words, a low-carb diet makes your efforts of exercising much more effective in giving results. You no longer have to work out too long as if you are on a high-carb diet.
Here’s the explanation. Most fitness experts say that you need to do at least 20 minutes of cardio exercise before you start burning your fat stores, and this is true for most people. In your first 20 minutes of a working out, your body is burning its carbohydrate and sugar stores for energy, and only after your initial 20 minutes of exercising will your body finally stop burning carbohydrates and shift to burning your fats.
Thus, if you are a low-carb dieter and you don’t have a lot of sugars or carbohydrates in your storage, in your very first few minutes of exercising, your body is already immediately burning your body fats! Instead of having to exercise for 40 minutes for you to be able to burn your fats and lose weight, you only have to work out for half the time and still get amazing results!
But don’t just stop at doing cardio exercises only. Cardiovascular exercises such as running, bicycling, or brisk walking is good at burning fats while you are doing it, but strength-training gives you that ultimate benefit of burning even more fats within twenty-four hours after exercising. This is the best strategy to exercise.
Strength training doesn’t just help you burn more fats, it speeds up your overall metabolism as well, plus it helps to reshape your body by giving you toned muscles that take up to 3x less space in your body than fats. You will be reshaping your body into a smaller size, so you’re not just losing weight.
Doing cardiovascular exercises combined with strength-training for just three times per week is a guarantee for effectively helping you to break through your weight loss plateau as you’ve reached the peak of your low-carb diet. As you add exercise to your low-carb meals, you’ll also start experiencing having more energy, you’ll also have better sleep, and you’ll transform your body into a fitter, smaller, sexier version of yourself.
Try cardio exercise and strength training now even for just four weeks. Soon enough, you will also be raving about it to everyone you know just as you did when you first discovered the great benefits of a low-carb diet.