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5th week - major slowdown?

Hey everyone,

I've been doing the SCD for the past 4 weeks, just started my 5th week.

At first it seemed like I went down in weight, but over the past 2 weeks it looks like it kinda stopped.

It's not that I'm not losing weight - it's just so slow that you might say it's not happening at all.

I'd imagine after 4 weeks I should lose at least 10 pounds, but I lost around 6, and barely even that.

The weirdest thing is my measurements stay the same, my weight barely goes down, but my pants fit better. That's where I'm at a loss.

I thought maybe I'm measuring wrong, but I couldn't find where I'm doing it wrong.

The only positive thing so far is that my pants fit better.

My weight's not improving and my measurements don't either.

That's really not enough to keep me going and I really don't know what I'm doing wrong.

No hidden sugars, I'm getting a ton of water per day, I eat vegetables with every meal, I even tried cutting down on the beans and lentils when I saw it's not working... and it didn't do anything.

Really at a loss with this.


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Are you doing any exercise? How is your protein intake? Are you getting in that 30g of protein within 30-60 minutes of waking?

Also, how old are you, how tall are you, and how much do you weigh now? Also are you male or female. :)

  • Alon Tako commented Nov 12th 2012:

    I'm 1.74cm height, around 122kg weight.

    I'm male, age 27.

    I'm religious about my 30 grams of protein within 30 mins of waking. I get 30 grams of protein per meal, unless I'm calculating wrong, which is unlikely (not a math wiz, just constant double-checking).

    I hardly eat any legumes, but not because I'm cutting down, it's more because I have no appetite for them. I'm content with eating some meat and vegetables. I add legumes when I'm home, but I'm not home too often.

    I don't exercise regularly, I just live my day-to-day life. Exercise would be impossible for me at the moment because I'm away from home for 14 hours a day. But exercise isn't supposed to be required.. I'm supposed to lose weight even though I don't exercise.

  • Alon Tako commented Nov 12th 2012:

    I do walk when I get the chance, instead of taking the bus or something. But I wouldn't call that exercise.

    I don't have much appetite though. Ever since week 3, I've been having less and less appetite. I can go the whole day with 2 meals, breakfast and lunch, sometimes I'll get dinner but I really don't feel hungry.

    I started cutting dinner only in the past few days thought, it's not an ongoing thing. The plateau started around 2 weeks ago. It's not really a plateau either, it's more of a really big slowdown. It seems like I'm losing weight, but not as fast as it should be relative to the amount I'm eating.

  • Alon Tako commented Nov 12th 2012:

    My meals today:


    3 whole eggs (organic, free range), a few pieces of pickled herring, some pinto beans and 2 big bell peppers.


    About 150-200 grams of chicken breast, a lot of salad with tahini on it, some steamed vegetables on the side. Also a couple of tablespoons of hummus for legumes.

    I ate a couple of cucumbers since then, drank an espresso in the morning, drank around 2 liters of water which I should complete to 3 later today.

    For dinner, if I'll feel like it within one hour from now, I'll eat some more pickled herring and beans, with some more vegetables.

  • Alon Tako commented Nov 12th 2012:

    I'm eating healthy, I'm eating till I'm full, I don't eat a lot, and I don't get hungry. I may not be physically active, but a man my age and size should lose a LOT more weight when eating like this. I just don't get it... this is how every diet I've done in the past 3-4 years ended up. A plateau, me giving up, and gaining more weight than I lost.

    Really frustrating.

  • Maria Rider commented Nov 13th 2012:

    Ok, I can tell you that your breakfast is not hitting that 30g of protein. 1 large egg is 6g of protein....I dunno how much pinto beans you are eating, but 1/2 cup of black beans is 7g....also not sure about the pickled herring. But, you may want to eyeball the ingredient list for the pickled herring as "pickled" stuff USUALLY implies sugar is in the brine. Also, Bell peppers, *I* have noticed can spike your sugars because of the natural sugar content. I did an experiment where I had a dinner that has a lot of bell peppers in it. And while bell peppers are a veggie, they are also considered a enough of it and it can hinder your progress. Stick to veggies like broccoli, caulliflower, kale, asparagus or brussel sprouts.

  • Maria Rider commented Nov 13th 2012:

    Also, I think you may not be getting ENOUGH calories if you are just eating 2 meals, which can send your body into "starvation" mode. I realize you are "not hungry"....but your body needs fuel/protein/etc. to get that metabolism going...if you don't eat very much (on a regular basis) it's gonna think it is starving and start grabbing onto any and all food and calories you take in and store it. Looks like your water is good. You should keep your legumes to about 1/2 cup to 1 cup per day....and earlier in the day. Do you drink your espresso without anything added? Stuff to ask. :) That's what I can see so far....

  • Alon Tako commented Nov 13th 2012:

    The pickled herring is new, we just bought it a couple of days ago for the first time since the diet began. I usually eat 3 eggs (18 grams), a half a can of tuna (another 15~), some beans and veggies - well over 30. But I'm trying to replace the tune somehow, I don't want mercury poisoning. from eating too much tuna.

    I will keep in mind the point about bell peppers... though I gotta say it's a big let down. they're easy to get, easy to eat, you can even eat them on the way out if you can't stay at home long enough to finish your entire breakfast... donno what I can replace them with. Meanwhile I'll eat sauerkraut instead, and I mix spinach with my eggs...

  • Alon Tako commented Nov 13th 2012:

    About eating enough calories - I'm a big guy. I've been fat my entire life, and I gotta lose over 40 kilograms of fat to be anywhere near thin. I know what it feels like to not get enough food, I know it way too well. I am for SURE getting enough calories from this diet - there's no doubt about it. I don't eat much, but I'm not hungry either. I got used to eating normal sized meals and my cravings have gone mostly numb...

  • Alon Tako commented Nov 13th 2012:

    I generally dislike anything added to neither coffee nor tea, so I never add anything to them - ever out of the diet. I believe I'm getting 1/2-1 cup of legumes a day, for sure over half a cup, not so sure about the whole cup. If you combine my meals, I'm getting over half a cup easily. Probably closer to 1 cup.

    I don't want to stop, but I'm beginning to question my ability to get results with this diet... it just feels very slow, like something's wrong.

  • Maria Rider commented Nov 13th 2012:

    If you are a BIG GUY as you have said, your body may just need more protein to grow muscles which in turn, burn fat. More muscles=more fat burning factories=weight loss. :) Have you looked into perhaps thyroid problems perhaps? Perhaps it isn't what you are eating it's something else making it "more difficult". Something you may want to look into if you are having a lot of trouble losing weight. Cause you SHOULD be losing a lot more because of your size. Good Luck!

  • Maria Rider commented Nov 13th 2012:

    Oh, Haku, you don't have to take bell peppers totally out, just experiment with LESSENING the amount. You said you eat TWO WHOLE Bell Peppers? try eating like half a bell pepper instead and spread the 2 bell peppers over 4 breakfasts. We still eat bell peppers, just not a whole one or half one at any ONE time. Mostly diced green bell peppers(a few tbl) on my salads and 1 whole small green bell pepper in my chili that I eat throughout the week. I just mention the caution on bell peppers cause I experimented on them for 2 weeks and lessened the amount. It made the difference not only for me, but for my husband too.

  • Alon Tako commented Nov 14th 2012:

    I'm not sure I ate enough of them to really make that much of an impact. It was nothing regular, every now and then I'd choose them as my veggie for the dish. More often lately than before, but certainly not daily... I will tone them down and use them as a spice instead, see what it does.

    But really, I was trying hard to be very careful. It just seems unfair that I'd get stuck so early on.

    I certainly hope I don't have a thyroid problem, since I wouldn't want to be on pills for the rest of my life. I never had one in the past...

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a.) Eat more, via legumes. There are a ton of posts around here and info in the book about making them taste good.

b.) Try cold immersion? Doesn't take a long time.

c.) There are 101 routines that take very little time that will introduce a small amount of physical exertion to jump start your weight loss. Your body and health are worth the minimal time spent.

d.) Everybody stalls. Especially those who have a lot to lose. Your body is still adjusting to its new self and balancing out. Give it time, and don't stress about it; stress is a major slower downer.

e.) Track something other than weight. Takes only a couple minutes to take measurements once a week. If you can, track your BF% too. They aren't too accurate but you can get a handheld BIA on amazon for like 20 bux or something.

  • Alon Tako commented Nov 12th 2012:

    I take measurements but they don't seem to change...

    It's not that I don't like legumes - I can do well without them. I do eat them, but in small amounts per meal. For example, just now I ate about half a cup of lentils with some pickled fish and steamed veggies. I ate the same amount in beans this morning.

    It's really enough for me, I don't need more. Any more than that would be a chore to get down, and would fill me up more than I'd like. If anything I'd like to eat more meat per meal, but that's expensive.

    I try to be as active as I can during the day, but there's a limit... I work a desk job for many hours a day.

    I'll keep going... I hope it'll pick up. The big bummer is that it was never fast, so now that it slows down, it feels like something's wrong...


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decided to hold my comments


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Maybe try adding more legumes instead of cutting them down. Test and track.

It could also be very possible that you are not measuring correctly. You may be changing your body composition, losing fat and gaining muscle from all the protein, and that's why your pants fit better. I'll stick to it a few more weeks!

  • Alon Tako commented Nov 13th 2012:

    I'll definitely stick to it for a few more weeks, and track it the best way I can... but I hope to see results soon. On my weight, it seems weird not to lose weight even while gaining muscle mass...


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Honestly, if it's just 1 week I wouldn't make any drastic changes. Especially if you had good progress in the first 4 with the *same* diet.

It could just be an anomaly. You might have been dehydrated or in some way abnormally underweight at your last weigh in. You might have for some reason been similarly overweight (in a way that does not indicate your real fat loss). This could be because of water retention (salt intake, could be a dozen other reasons). Or it could be a combination of these two.

I've had disappointing weeks before or even two in a row and found that on the 3rd my weight loss sling-shots down to the point that the average over the three weeks is roughly equal to my historical average.

Always be careful about changes you make in your diet (if you change too much you might not know what worked) and keep reliable data so that you eventually learn what works for you.

  • Pierrebuz commented Nov 15th 2012:

    ps. 6lbs over 4 weeks isn't terrible. I've averaged 1.7lbs a week historically. The real advantage is that the diet keeps working week after week.


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Well done for the weight you have already lost, that fat didn't grow over night, sometimes we gotta be patient. Take on board the advice and stick with it you'll get there

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