I agree with SlimmerKiwi, with your situation you should be speaking to a registered dietitian and if not done properly this sort of dieting can be detrimental and cause you to miss out on vital nutrients. It's impossible to go "no-carb" first of all and not even low carb proponents take in no carbs, they still eat vegetables and other carbs.
Second, your weight is more than just fat, it also consists of lean muscle/tissue and *fluid*. The amount of fluid your body retains changes from day to day and hour to hour. This is why weight is not a static number and weight fluctuations are normal. Many things can affect weight from hormones, to sodium in your diet, sugar in your diet, exercise, how hydrated you are, etc. Your weight can fluctuate as much as 5 lbs in a single day. Instead, look at your weight as a trend over time rather than over the course of a few days.
When you manipulate your carbs, you largely manipulate fluid weight. Carbs cause you to retain more fluid... particularly high sugar foods. If you eat a huge piece of chocolate cake before bed, you may notice the next day you've gained 3 lbs. It takes 3500 cals above your total daily energy expenditure to gain 1 lb of fat. Is a piece of cake really going to put you over 10 500 cals? Doubtful, but the sugar in it may cause you to retain a few pounds of fluid weight.
Fluid gain/loss is usually easy to pinpoint because it comes on and off quickly, whereas fat loss/gain takes time and is a much slower process.
Again, I'd recommend you speak to registered dietitian if you wish to do low carb to ensure you're doing it properly and safely. It is not necessary to drastically cut carbs to lose weight. There are plenty of healthy carb sources; vegetables, fruit, legumes/lentils and whole grains. It's heavily refined grains, added sugars; cakes, pastries, candy, soda, high sugar breakfast cereals, donuts, etc. that you want to limit in your diet. These foods cause high insulin spikes which cause quick burst of energy that fizzle away quickly leaving you hungry, tired, irritable shortly after eating them and can cause you to overeat.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/27/2014 (05:38)
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I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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