5th week - major slowdown?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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