“The scale isn’t moving!”
I hear this a lot from people who are new to The Ketogenic Diet and Lifestyle. I’ll be honest, I’ve also been frustrated by the number on the scale not moving or not moving fast enough. So I understand.
However, the first thing to remember is: The scale is not your only measure of success when it comes to getting healthy and losing weight. Keto is not just for weight loss. If you’re doing keto for weight loss, and you think it will fix everything right up, so you can go back to eating carbs, you will be sorely disappointed.
Keto is not a diet, it is a lifestyle and the scale is just one way to measure progress. So, the scale may not be moving, but, do you feel better? Are your clothes fitting loser? Do you have energy? Are you suffering from hunger?
If you feel better, your clothes fit better, you have energy and you aren’t constantly feeling hunger, then keto is doing its job. In time the scale will move depending on how much you actually have to lose.
Not everyone does keto to lose weight. Some people do it just to reduce inflammation (and that’s likely when you will experience the benefits listed above but no significant change on the scale) and the fatigue and carb fog. Keto will help that puffy look go away, give you energy, regulate hormones, increase your sex drive, give you mental clarity, alleviate allergies, reduce asthmatic episodes, can alleviate depression, give relief from achy joints, reduce seizures, give you cleaner teeth thus eliminating cavities, lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol (yes, with all that fat), lower your elevated blood sugar (reverse diabetes), return body systems to normal function, and the list goes on and on!
Keto is being tested on Alzheimer patients, kids with autism, Parkinson’s patients and several other people with autoimmune diseases and brain disorders. Just a interesting note here, the Mayo Clinic did a study and it was published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. It stated that, “people on a high-fat diet had a 44 percent risk reduction for developing dementia, while those on a high-carb diet had an 89 percent increased risk!”
It probably took years to get you to the state you are in – be it overweight, obese, diseased, depressed, etc., so changing that won’t happen overnight. Keto isn’t a quick fix. It is true that for a lot of people, myself included, that some weight comes off pretty fast in the beginning. I lost 13 pounds the first 14 days and it was likely mostly water and inflammation, but who cares, it was off and out of my body.
Bottom line, be patient. Success has a lot of faces. Don’t just look at the scale.
You got this.