I heard this before from friends that are on the No Carb way of life. I have stopped losing weight invariably means that I have stopped losing a pound or two of weight per week. Until you are at your natural weight for your frame size, you have not stopped losing weight. If you don’t eat any carbohydrate other than what is naturally included in the fresh foods you eat, then you are losing fat volume all the time. Until your fat volume is practically gone you will keep on losing that every day–its just not enough to see in a one week timeframe.
The reason that people lose so much weight at the beginning of the No Carb way of eating is that they are losing water. When your body has consumed all of the carbohydrate you contain and instead of being geared up to fuel off of carbs it is geared up to fuel off of body fats, the extra water it takes to metabolize carbs is released from duty. Bye-bye weight.
After this period, which may be as long as two weeks, depending on how much carbohydrate you were used to consuming, you will shed water–so much water that you will notice how much water you are shedding. At the same time, you will be drinking a lot of water to keep yourself from drying out. I know it doesn’t seem to make sense, but believe me that if you aren’t eating carbs and you are not drinking enough water, you won’t lose weight and you will dehydrate. The reason that this is true is that when you are metabolizing your body fat, one requirement in the chemical equation is water. A water molecule is produced in the reaction. If you don’t have any water to spare, because you are dehydrated, that chemical reaction will stall. You wont have all of the energy you need, and you won’t lose weight. Here is the chemical equation:C55H104O6+78O2 —> 55CO2+52H2O+energy.
That’s fat + oxygen turns into carbon dioxide and water. Energy weighs nothing, so it has no bearing on the outcome of your body weight. The proportion of mass that ends up as CO2 versus H2O is 84 percent compared to 16 percent. When you are talking about weight, you lose the fat you are ‘burning’ through breathing out your carbon dioxide and peeing, but mostly when you exhale.
When you eat your no carb meal, your body uses the fats you just ate pretty much as they are. The immediate needs of your system, your muscles and organs, take from the fats in your dinner. Just before you begin to eat, your pancreas will secrete some insulin and it sweeps all of the energy out of your blood to prepare it for the energy of your meal. When your meal contains no carbohydrates, you don’t need to secrete more insulin to deal with the increasing blood sugar from eating sugar or starches. Your liver begins to metabolize the protein in your meal. When you are done eating you once again metabolize fat stores for your immediate energy needs. Your fat stores don’t increase, you draw down on them right away.
This process happens like this normally even for people eating carbohydrates overnight. Usually sometime in the middle of the night everyone will go into ketosis where they are using fat stores for immediate energy needs for the long fast while we sleep. For people on a no carbohydrate lifestyle it just happens way sooner, or is happening all of the time.
We on the no-carb bandwagon are losing a little bit of weight all of the time. I have been right here at around 139 for a few weeks, but it is still slowly trending down. I didn’t jump immediately from 125 pounds to 160, it took me decades to get to 160. It might take me decades to get back to 125. I will get back to 125, and I won’t be exercising a whole bunch to get there. I will be eating what I want, I will be eating no carbs, I will be eating real meat from a real farmer. I will be getting all of the benefit of a healthy food chain to get me the exact proportion of macronutrients I need. I will be getting the benefit of the microbes contained in and on my real foods. The good microbes in me will be getting all of the help they need from my natural diet.
Is this Paleo dieting? I don’t really know, I have never read a Paleo diet book. I don’t really need one to eat like this. The recipes are all simple. Cook the meat and eat it. I suppose even cooking the meat is optional, but I am used to eating cooked meat. I have eaten raw fish, but it has always been wrapped in rice and seaweed at the sushi restaurant.