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Why some people do not lose weight on low-carbohydrate diets

Hypothyroidism Candida Digestive Disorders

If you have tried in vain to lose weight, take heart. Everybody is unique. There is no ďone-size-fits-allĒ approach to weight loss or nutrition. There are some reasons why people donít lose weight on various diets including low carb plans, and there are some steps you can take to overcome certain health issues that may have been preventing you from losing weight.

The Reason Some People Canít Lose Weight on a Low-Carb Diet Alone

Though low-carb diets work for many people, there are individuals who suffer with certain health conditions that make it very difficult to lose weight. A low-carb diet is important for these people to follow, however, unless the physical ailment is addressed, these people may spend a lifetime trying unsuccessfully to lose weight.

You may be someone the doctors have given up on. Maybe youíve heard someone say thereís no hope for you to lose weight; you may as well learn to live with it. We donít believe that. Very often as problems are corrected that cause both ill health and weight gain, the weight melts off naturally. When all the systems of the body come into harmony, when you experience biochemical balance, when you detoxify your system, and correct root causes of ill health, you can achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Under Active Thyroid

The number of people suffering from hypothyroidism is reaching epidemic proportions in the US and other western countries, and is one of the main reasons people on traditional low-carb diets cannot lose weight. Many studies now point to an over consumption of soy as a big reason (see: www.coconutoil.com for much of this research). One of the biggest changes people with hypothyroidism can make in their diet is to eliminate all polyunsaturated oils and get a healthy amount of coconut oil into their diet to increase their metabolism and body temperature. The Coconut Diet is especially suited for people that have a hard time losing weight due to thyroid problems, and cannot lose weight on other low-carb diets. To read more about the unique challenges facing those with thyroid problems, please read: Thyroid Health: A Key to Weight Loss


The late Dr. Robert C. Atkins said that about 20 percent of the people on the Atkins diet donít lose weight because of yeasts known as Candida albicans. Candida is yeast that normally inhabits our digestive system. In healthy people, Candida does little harm because it's kept in check by beneficial microorganisms, or probiotics. These "good" bacteria, however, can be easily destroyed by antibiotics, prescription medications, birth control pills, poor diet and daily stress, allowing Candida yeast to grow out of control and produce infections. Thought to affect more than 40 million Americans, Candida can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as vaginitis, weight retention, bowel disorders, ear and sinus irritation, intense itching, canker sores and ringworm.
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Digestive Disorders

When we are eating healthy whole foods with the absence of highly refined carbohydrates, weight gain should not be a problem. However, many people who have switched over to healthy diets, and have even limited their carbohydrate intake, still have problems losing weight. One reason is because many Americans suffer from some kind of digestive disorder that prevents them from properly digesting their food. Without a properly working digestive system, essential vitamins and minerals that are necessary to maintain proper weight may not be absorbed adequately from the foods we eat, even if we are eating healthy foods.
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