You are probably drinking a lot of water -- much more than you would usually drink and temporarily your body is probably holding on to more water than usual, making it seem (on the scale) like you are not "losing weight" -- even though your waistline may be getting smaller. You are probably slowly but steadily losing FAT and one day your body will decide to release the excess water it is holding -- and it will look like you suddenly lost 3 or 4 pounds. But in truth, you were losing all along. So don't worry TOO MUCH about the scale weight. Also -- make sure you aren't eating way too much even of the permitted foods - because although you won't gain fat, you may not need to burn any of the stored fat to survive, so that may be why you aren't losing, also. Keep your portions reasonable - even with permitted foods.
NOTE: you SHOULD drink lots and lots of water and I do. I am easing my way into this diet -- i really initially started on Paleo but for the first week i was still eating a banana every day - and some pineapple -- and i bet that slowed me down. Finally I quit the bananas after 1 week and got very very strict, no cheating. I have lost a little on the scale and i think i LOOK thinner, but we'll see -- too soon to really tell.
I measure or weight EVERYTHING before i eat it - just to make sure that i am not cheating.
I usually drink NOTHING but water and I always make sure that I drink my required allotment per day. Occasionally i drink a black coffee (never more than 1 8oz. cup per day -- only once this week) and nearly daily I drink some (1-3 cups per day) of green tea, if i want something hot.
I scrutinize each meal to ensure i don't consume too many calories at any one meal.
I'm trying elements from Paleo/Keto-LCHF/Zone all combined.
Paleo - eat healthy - no processed carbs, no dairy (for right now, maybe butter later)
Keto/LCHF - keep carbs lower than Paleo, eat lots of fat, replacing what you would normally consume in carbs by fat, especially while trying to actively lose weight - and don't eat too much protein at any one meal - split it up into several meals throughout the day, if you must. Once you lose the weight, you can gradually add back more of the healthy carbs (broccoli, Cauliflower, Asparagus, berries, small apple), but don't do this if you are aggressively trying to shed body fat. Wait until you achieve your goal, before you "normalize" your diet.
Zone - don't eat more than 500 calories at any one meal or you will store fat. And for me, i can't lose anything if I exceed more than 1200 calories per day -- or i will just maintain or even gain fat - even on Keto or Paleo!
Loss of weight on the scale is nice, but for me the most important success indicator is regaining low body fat -- a.k.a. a 27" waist!
Last edited by Juliet##; 02-16-2014 at 03:36 PM.