Do Women actually lose weight on slow carb?
This is a question that’s come through to us, loud and clear, from many, many people. It’s time to finally talk about this, in the open, so that no one feels guilty anymore, and so that there’s no disappointment with results.
I have recently heard from women who have made comments similar to ’6lbs lost in the first 2 weeks isn’t very good’, ‘I reached my goal but now I’m putting weight back on’, ‘my husband has lost more than me in the first month’, ‘after 2 months I’ve only lost 10lbs’, ‘I haven’t lost anything like 24lbs in the first month’.
If any of these sound like you, then please, I want to let you know you’re not alone. And not just in your journey to being healthier and losing fat, but also in wondering about what kind of results it’s reasonable to expect.
I think it’s a pity that the book was promoted with such wild claims, such as 20lbs fat loss in a month, and similar ideas. It also didn’t help when there was publicity around people losing 8lbs or so in the first week. Plus, you’ve probably read online about some guys out there dropping 12lbs in their first 2 weeks, etc.
So, what’s really up with this?
Do women even lose fat with slow carb?
If you check the extra info in the back of the book, you’ll see that average weight loss for women was around 12 lbs. I think that’s over an 8 week period, but I’m not certain. For guys, the number is more like 20 lbs, or slightly more.
So what gives? Well, for starters, estrogen. But more than that, there’s other factors involved in women’s fat loss that don’t come into play for most men. Firstly, most men have greater muscle mass, and are taller, thanks to growth hormone and testosterone when they were younger. These two factors mean that men may carry a lot more weight in total than women, and still not look too back for it. So, when a guy talks about losing 12 lbs in 2 weeks, perhaps it’s because he has 40 or 50 lbs to lose. Though 40lbs would be very obvious on most women, it might not be so much so on a 6 foot tall man.
The next consideration is that of the diet’s characteristics. Higher protein, lower fat and lower carbohydrate suits guys better than women, and I believe this comes back to muscle mass again. It also doesn’t help that as a woman, you’re sent in to a hormonal rollercoaster, every month. The food cravings for many women can be almost too much to handle. Let alone the water retention and bizarre results on the scales.
So, who out there has lost weight? I know I’ve read plenty about women losing and making good on their goals, so there are some around. Clients that we have coached definitely lost weight, though it was less rapidly than their male partners.
So what’s fair? Expect nothing and be happy with anything?
Not exactly. I’m not big on that, but I do prefer to have reasonable expectations, rather than inflated ones. And it’s not your fault if your’s are inflated at the moment. Most likely its all based on what you’ve seen, read or heard about the slow carb diet. And some people have a tendency to sing the praises of any new diet as a ‘miracle’ or a ‘secret answer’ to weight problems.
Slow carb works steadily, over time. The other bonus that comes with slow carb, which you don’t get with many other diet plans, is some muscle gain, and other health benefits like blood pressure lowering, blood work having better numbers in good and bad cholesterol, plus changes in pain from inflammatory diseases, ailments and injuries. These are all great things!
So to answer the question,
Women do lose weight on slow carb. More specifically, women lose fat on slow carb, which is more than can be said for any low-fat or calorie controlled diet, where generally it’s muscle and fat that is lost on the scale.
It just might not happen as fast as the ‘advertising’ would have you believe.
All the best! Keep at it for a few months and you’ll see the scale, and the tape measure trending the way you want it to.
You might be interested in reading these too:
- Can slow carb get you below 10% bodyfat? This is a controversial question, for a few reasons. But that's not going to stop me writing this article. I am taking a very hard look at the slow carb diet, for one...
- Relax and lose fat on slow carb? Have you been feeling a little on edge lately? Perhaps just a little overwhelmed? Or maybe there's a couple of things in your otherwise great world that are eating away at you, that...
- Baby Boomers’ easy Weight Management with slow carb If you find yourself turning to the TV to learn the latest diet tricks, or picking up magazines in the drugstore to find out what the latest 'wonder' supplement is for staying thin,...