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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why am I stuck on a plateau and how do I get out of it?

A: Here is the word from the Hellers themselves as well as one of our members.

Most people who think that they are not losing weight quickly enough or think they are at a plateau, are making one of three errors. First, use only weekly weight averages to determine if your weight loss has truly slowed down or you are at a plateau (check your book for easy guidance). If you have not lost at least 1/2 pound for several weeks (based on weekly averages), there are two possible errors you may not realize that you are making. The first and most common reason is carbo-drifting at your daily carbohydrate-rich meal. It is essential to balance your daily carbohydrate-rich meal properly. It is not meant to be a carbo binge; it must be properly balanced for ideal health and for ideal weight. You can get guidelines for balancing your daily carbo-rich meal by reading the info in the FAQ entitled "Carbohydrate Meal Balance" (go back to the main FAQ index or go directly to:

The second reason for slowed or halted weight-loss, is the consumption of hidden carbohydrates, carbohydrate act-alikes, or trigger foods during your low-carbohydrate meals. Carefully examine the foods you have been eating at your low carbo meals against the list of low-carbohydrate foods in your book. Also, remove carbohydrate act-alikes including sugar substitutes (artificial sweeteners) and monosodium glutamate (under all the names it can be listed, including natural flavorings and hydrolyzed food starch or hydrolyzed plant protein). For details on the impact of glutamate and artificial sweeteners and info on medication's effects as well, see The Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program. Remember that even small amounts of high-carbo foods at low-carbo meals or the consumption of carbohydrate act-alikes can slow or stop weight loss, even if you don't notice a craving rebound.

There's nothing more frustrating
(Sarah - stormy_chica)

I got stuck in a plateau for 6 weeks right after Christmas. For a long time I expected my weight to drop eventually, so I didn't change my habits at all. But after a while, I started experimenting with my daily plans and exercise to see what would kick-start my weight loss. I ended up finding out that I needed to cut out my CarbSolutions Bars that I used to have for breakfast every morning. After I did that, my weight dropped again.

So, it's really all about experimenting. You just have to find that key thing that is causing a stall and get rid of it -- or add to it (if it happens to be a lack of exercise).

I wish you luck. There really is nothing more frustrating than "doing everything right" and not losing.


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