I’d really appreciate some advice! I’m 7 weeks in to the diet, nearly 2 stone down, which is great but I’m still the same dress size! My clothes are slightly looser, but I don’t look much different. Is anyone else experiencing this?
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Hi, That was my pattern when I started. – If you have been eating a high carb diet for a while then your body will have been retaining fluid, that’s the first source of weight loss and it accounts for the high figures of weight lost each week when you move to low carb. – The fluid will be all over the body, for me I think a lot was in my legs where I saw a rapid change initially.
A lot of us also noticed our collar bones emerging and our neck and face changing as well as changes to our arms and legs before we started to see big changes in our waist and hip.
I think the best thing to do is get used to studying your body in the mirror. I found that an area of my body would appear dimpled, almost like there were invisible thumbs pressing into it, and then the dimples would disappear and that area became smaller.
I was disappointed initially when my weight loss went along this path, but then I realised that maybe it was all for the good, because I don’t know if I had lost the spare tyre first but was still carrying fat on my thighs if I would have had the same impetus to keep on keeping on.
Thanks so much for your reply. Yes I think you’re probably right-carbs were all I ate before so my body was probably carrying loads of fluid!! My face is looking a lot slimmer than before so hopefully within a month or so I’ll start noticing changes!
Hi, stilltrying! I think your username is very positive, and that attitude has the potential to take you far 🙂
Each of our body types are SO different, so there is no universal absolute that will apply to everyone. As we show
our bodies that we are now in charge, they respond in fits and starts…Some see dramatic results on the scales,
and others see modest movement there, but inches disappear dramatically. It really is a fine adventure if you
choose to think of it that way, rather than a period of enforced deprivation. In my own family of origin, I am one of
3 sisters…We all have dramatically different body types, and store excess fat in different areas. What I do know
with absolute certainty is that this way of life is successful for all if you persevere with the principles, learn what
your level of carbs per day need to be to achieve your goals, and abstain long term from the bad white carbs and
anything with refined sugar in it, until the inevitable occurs…If you trust the process, the day comes when your
tastes do truly change, and the addictive foods no longer have any control over you. It no longer is part of a
lifetime struggle, and the secret to maintenance is contained there. We all know from experience that the first
few weeks are the most difficult, so stay strong..It only gets better!
Thanks Allie! Yes I’ll definitely keep trying…. At least a few people have noticed I look abit slimmer… My dream is to be a size 14 again, I’m a 16-18 now 🙁 I’ll keep at it!
Hello stilltrying 🙂 Good for you being motivated enough to get on with it! Results are GREAT so well done there! As for clothing sizes . . . dont forget they can vary brand to brand . . . also our bodies are SO different . . . maybe your body didnt have as much to discard (or it wasnt as firmly entrenched) as others . . . and because we are limited to words – descriptions can vary dramatically. 8 months on (in two days time!) – I do remember my butt disappeared virtually overnight. Then half my bosom! (and there wasnt a lot to spare!!) – Nevermind . . . however I can relate to the 2 stone down initially over maybe 3 months . . . then inches/centimetres disappearing – (just discarded 11 in the past 13 weeks!!! from around my girth. Like JGwen, I began noticing the “thumbprint dimpling” over my torso – and (total length of my) arms . . . but not on my legs . . . !! HOWEVER the backs of my thighs look like someone sucked out the “juice!” and they now resemble an elongated party balloon thats been stretched then deflated . . . 🙂 Bingo wings were REALLY flappy for a while but the slack there seems to have been reduced a great deal now. SO every morning is a revelation . . . I look SO MUCH slimmer, with a WAIST EVEN!!! – AND a smaller apron front now 🙂 By evening shower time it is vastly different picture as obviously my body needs time to process what its been given during the day 🙂 Continued successes and be heartened by the stories from the bevy of those with renewed beautiful bodies emerging like butterflies from their carb driven cocoons! Quack Quack!
Thanks for the encouragement woodduckie!
Stilltrying . . .? youre most welcome 🙂 The wordsmith within says Im glad youre still trying . . . show resolve and determination . . . but even more so on a positive note . . . you are actually/still “doing”! and need to just simply keep doing 🙂 Its easier than trying! Hugs and good luck! We are all here urging you on 🙂 Have a great weekend!