Hi everyone! Just a quick update on this sunny Friday! I hope you all have had a great week and are looking forward to an even better weekend!
I think I’m officially over the hump! By whatever name you want to call it – the “healing phase” or Post Induction Stall Syndrome (PISS – a better acronym could never have been created), I am here to tell you – IT SUCKS! In my first few weeks of living the Ketogenic lifestyle and strictly following the diet – weight dropped QUICKLY for me. I lost about 12 pounds in the first month. I was elated and expected it to continue falling off at the same rate. I thought, I’ll be in a size 6 by summer! Then, in my 4th and 5th weeks, my weight fluctuated. I’d lose a pound, gain 2; lose 2 pounds, gain 1. And on and on the cycle went, keeping my weight basically at a standstill and it felt ENDLESS. I really started feeling discouraged and even wondering what changes I could and should make to get out of the stall. Egg fast, anyone?
That being said, I am aware that the numbers on a scale should never be my main focus. But, let’s be real here. When you start a new way of life, with weight loss being one of the main goals – it’s near impossible not to get up every morning and look for those little victories. And it can be maddening when you feel like you are doing all of the right things, with little to no results. Even for a short period of time. It’s also hard not to compare ourselves to others who are having faster results.
Fortunately, after doing a little bit of research, I found out that this is the exact time when the biggest changes really start to happen. This time is what a lot of people refer to as the healing stage. Here’s a little graphic I found on social media that for me seems to be pretty accurate.
It’s so good to know that this time is not even technically a stall. What I’ve found in my research is that early on when beginning the Keto lifestyle, our bodies immediately start dumping retained water. That water apparently can be a little heavier than I realized. I was in ketosis, and I knew that I was, but I was NOT fat adapted yet. This means that my body had not yet figured out how to use fat for fuel. In the 4th-6th weeks (longer for some), most people become fat adapted and this is when weight loss really picks up
I’m going into my 6th week now and I feel safe to say, that’s what’s happening to me now. Hooray for fat adaptation! Yesterday morning, I was down a full 2 pounds. (The lowest I’ve been since starting this and also the lowest I’ve been in years) This morning, when I checked again, I’m down another ½ of a pound! A smaller victory but a victory nonetheless!
I’m taking all of this as a sign that I’m on the right track and should keep going as I have, without any real changes. I’m so happy that I’ve been able to do this, without any special products, supplements or paying for any plans. I think it really just comes down to the quality of the food. My grocery shopping bill is cheaper than ever, (junk food costs more than I realized) and we’re all eating great as a family. I’m so pleased with this new way of eating!
Thanks for taking the time to read this update! As soon as I have new information or new results, I’ll check back in and do this again. If any of my opinions change on this diet and lifestyle, I’ll update with that as well. In the meantime, here’s another day of food. (scroll down) We’re still keeping it pretty simple over here at the Jones house but there has not been one complaint, yet!
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2 thoughts on “Update, Post Induction Stall Syndrome (And a day of food)”
I’ve been on a green keto diet from the excellent book The Hormone Cure, and had the exact experience as your beginning weight loss and stall. I’ve been trying to figure out the stall, because as you said, I am in ketosis (using test strips) and only having 25-30 grams Carbs a day. Your post about the stall was the best info I’ve been able to find about it! Thanks so much for this info!
I’m so glad it was helpful! It can be extremely frustrating. Best wishes to you!