“Help! I’m gaining weight on low carb”


What should you do if you’re gaining weight on low carb? Is it dangerous for children to have cheat meals on a low-carb diet? And can you lose weight on a moderate plan without counting carbs?

Get the answers in this week’s Q&A with Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt:

I am gaining weight and inches


I have been overweight my entire life, I currently am 5 foot (152 cm) and weigh 198 pounds (90 kg), so plenty to lose. I have been on LCHF for five weeks.

The first week I lost 7.3 pounds (3 kg) and 1.5 inches (4 cm) from my waist. Then the state fair happened and I was non-compliant on the diet. I expected to gain, and I did. That was two weeks ago. I have been back on plan since.

I was doing bulletproof coffee in the morning and suggested meals for 20 grams of carbs for lunch and dinner. I dropped one pound (0.5 kg). Yesterday, I did not eat until dinner, I had bulletproof coffee at breakfast and then beef broth with some butter in it at lunch. Yesterday, I gained 1.5 pounds (1 kg).

I know the scale is not the best monitor. From my first week I am down 0.8 pounds (0.5 kg) and 0.5 inch (1 cm) in waist. I do stretching, but no exercise as I am exhausted all the time.

I am speaking with a naturalist as well and he has me taking two tablespoons of Kyo Green and one teaspoon of Perfect 7 after breakfast and I T Kyo Green and 1 teaspoon of Perfect 7 after lunch. It does not say how many carbs, if any, are in that. I also take HCL with pepsin for heartburn and magnesium, and salmon oil.

May God bless you for helping people,

Hi Melissa,

Losing 7 pounds (3 kg) in the first week is very promising. But be prepared for the fact that the results on the scale can fluctuate several pounds from day to day – this is just water weight etc. so what matters is the long term trend.

Feel free to use the Bulletproof coffee if you need it to feel good in the mornings, but if you can switch to black coffee or coffee with just some milk in it – and still feel good – that will speed things up even more.

See all our tips here:
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Andreas Eenfeldt

13-year old and LCHF


My husband and I have been following the life changing LCHF plan and our 13-year old son is eating his base meals with us. However he attends many social events or goes to friends’ homes where he has high-carb snacks, occasionally a meal.

Will this combination of LCHF and high-sugar snacks have a negative impact on his health? He is slightly overweight, based on the BMI chart, but does not have any health problems. I don’t want him to feel restricted at a young age but I also don’t want this combination to be dangerous.

Thank You!

If he’s slightly overweight and wants to do something about that I think it’s great that he eats LCHF meals at home. Having a higher carb meal once in a while should not be a major problem. It’s not normally required for adolescents to eat a strict LCHF diet all the time to get a decent effect from it.

Andreas Eenfeldt

Will I lose weight by just following the moderate carb menu without physically counting the carbs?

I just started the moderate low-carb diet on this site, I am eating meals from the menus only, I am following the recipes exact to a tee but not counting anything, will I still lose weight? Or gain weight? Do I have to count carbs? Or can I just follow the menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


You don’t have to count carbs. It’s not the counting that helps, it’s eating fewer carbs. So following our recipes (for example) should be enough to succeed.

Andreas Eenfeldt


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  1. Carol Hatfield
    I been on a 85-90% low carb Atkins ,paleo, keto Lifestyle change for the last 5 months and have lost 29 pounds some days it's really easy and some days I struggle horribly. Because I'm the only one of my family on this eating plans so it makes it very hard. but I Because a family history of heart disease, Alzheimers, Dementia and diabetes I made a lifestyle change and have decided that this is my life I WILL NOT REVERT BACK!!
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  2. Carol Hatfield
    PS I do not count carbs because carbs are in almost everything incluging some vegetables whatever eating Probably has some type of carb in it low or hig. What I do is I eliminated 90% of all processed carbs no snacks. no cookies, jams, breads, chips, hot chocolate, pastas Excetera. I'll eat pastas That are low carb and that are vegetable based. And I do portion control everything I eat is I small salad played and it can't overlap the edges or touch each other as much as possible the weight loss has been slow but it is going to be perminent they went from a 197 and I'm now 168 :)
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  4. Carol
    Hi, I started two weeks ago with o carbs and no sugar diet. My doctor put me on. The first week I lost 11pounds. And walk at first ten minutes a day. Each week building up to an hour over the weeks. Well at week two I gained a pound I went why I did everything like the week before. So how could this happen? The only thing that has gone down is my blood sugar numbers.
    Ok, so why did I gain that pound?

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