Ok, some background. I have been doing atkins for 7 weeks now. I did a clean induction and haven't had ANY cheats what so ever. But i seem to be loosing really SLOW - (like half a pound or nothing some weeks and then *shy* of 2lbs others. I stayed on extended induction till week 4 then I wasn't loosing inches or pounds and went to OWL 1. But I still wasn't dropping (I don't count .6 pounds much of a loss). i decided to stop looking and jsut keep plugging away. Was doing a clean OWL Rung 1 and not seeing much for the effort. This past weeky my diet has been more like extended induction b/c I am eating about 14-18carbs per day and following the veggie list. I lost .8 of a pound. So...we were out and I bought some ketone test strips today and tested for the first time - I am only testing "low" not even moderate! What's the deal? What should I do to ket myself into a higher level of ketosis? I am using fitday. i am hitting the % break down and run about 68% fat 4%carbs and 29% protien. i am eating my veggies. I am drinking my water. I only have one diet rite about twice a week (and I count it). I've given up the extra foods (avocado, olives, cream ect). I've also cut my salad dressing out to once every other day. I know we don't count calories...but since fitday does I am running about 1400-2200 per day.
Any ideas? I can't exercise anymore than I already am I run myself ragged as is with the kids - there is NOTHING left to me. I am tired all the time and I have never hit the energy high other people talk about. Do the test strips vary according to the time of day? I tested at noon - my urine was strong (sorry TMI) b/c I didn't drink enough this morning.
I'm really frustrated. I like this WOE, it's easy for me from a food perspective - but the reward isn't there right now and I feel temped to go back and do more of a traditional diet like weight watchers approach.