One Month Keto + Two Weeks Stuck = I Give Up

Q:

I’m about to give up! I’ve been on Keto for a little over a month and eating right. Walking everyday and have only lost 17 lbs. I have been stuck at 259lbs for two weeks now. My goal is 200lbs by Christmas. I don’t know what I can do to lose more. I’m tired of weighing myself every other day and not going down on the scale anymore. Guess I have lost all I can. Figured it would be a lot more. Eating fish… hamburger… cheese… steak… drinking water…. heavy cream… tea… pickles… turkey from the deli…. I give up !!!

A:

First thing’s first, congratulations on losing 17 lbs so far. It sounds like what you’re doing is working. I do understand your frustration when it comes to the scale not moving – it can be maddening. But try to keep in mind that the number on the scale is just a piece of data, a portion of the total picture, and NOT a pass or fail judgment.

Of course, everyone will tell you that you didn’t gain all the weight in a day, so expecting it to come off in a day is unreasonable (and this is hardly helpful when you’re dealing with frustration.) But it’s important to realize that your body has a priority to everything it does. Healing, rebuilding, flushing, detoxing, cleaning, everything. And at all times, it’s doing the very best it can with whatever it’s provided – by you, the environment, etc. And ABOVE ALL, it’s important to realize that your body doesn’t care how you look in the mirror, doesn’t give two poops for what the number on the scale says, it ONLY cares about your survival. With that in mind, it will prioritize bodily functions even further.

This is frustrating to us, who are only looking at this small problem of “losing weight.” Calories In, Calories Out. Keto. Etc. It should be working. And there is SO much more going on behind the scenes.

My point here is to understand your body is doing a whole helluva lot that you don’t even realize. It’s doing the best it can. Try to cut it some slack. So what if you don’t make 200 lb by Christmas. Even if you don’t lose another pound, you’ll still be 17 lbs lighter at Christmas than you were a month ago. Perspective is everything.

The other thing that your frustration points out is that you are treating this as a diet and not a way of life. If you are using keto as a way to lose weight and then you’ll “go back to normal” once you lose it, you’re likely setting yourself up for failure and weight regain. The reason we gain weight in the first place is because our “normal” way of eating is unsustainable, either in the kinds of foods we eat, the amounts that we eat, or the timing. So, to be successful going forward, things will likely have to change.

If this is not the way you see yourself eating for the next several years, then it might be time to stop and take a step back. You can build a lifestyle and way of eating that’s all your own, and completely sustainable. You’ll be far more successful with that.

“Short Answer: It’s important to realize that your body doesn’t care how you look in the mirror, doesn’t give two poops for what the number on the scale says; it ONLY cares about your survival. With that in mind, it will prioritize bodily functions. ”

About Christy R. Hall

Christy R. Hall is a Wellness Mindset Coach & Emotional Alchemist. She focuses on helping people change their lives from the inside out. She uses hypnosis, Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help her clients achieve real and lasting change. Christy says, “When you know how the mind works, it’s easy to make changes.”

Christy fancies herself to be a Jedi Master, a verbal Ninja, and a Mindset Architect. In her free time, she spins yarn (both literally spinning fiber into yarn, as well as, writing), crochets for charity, watches silly cat videos, looks at pictures of Corgis, and plays massively multiplayer online games. Her current favorite is Elder Scrolls Online.