Bros: I can't lose weight

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  1. Aspirin

    Aspirin OT Supporter

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    I've read the stickies/archives etc and theyve helped me lose almost 40 lbs since May. But now I've hit a plateau and I'm having trouble losing. I've been using the same diet/exercise routine all summer and the pounds have really been melting off, but this week I saw my progress stop, and I want to make sure i dont waste another week.

    Stats: 6 ft 1, 191 lbs skinnyfat, no muscle.
    Recent weight: 8/30 I was 190.5, been as low as 187 btwn then and today.
    Activity: 30 minutes of miserable pre breakfast cardio 5 days/wk, weights 3x/wk sometimes mountain biking or walking 9 holes of golf in addition.

    Goal: 175 lbs

    Pics of me taken today(you can see I still have plenty of fat to lose.:

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    My fitday from yesterday(stuff on the list in the order i eat it in the day):
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    So I've got a couple hypotheses, can you guys tell me if any of these might be my problem, and if not, what might be?

    1. I went out 1 night for 4 beers..and I've heard you guys say that booze kills progress.
    2. My biggest meal is dinner, and its also where i get alot of my carbs (I eat a mostly vegetarian diet, so dinner is all veggies and tofu) Is having carbs that late in the day fucking me?
    3. I dont take a "cheat day"...are they necessary?

    thanks brolies:bowdown:
     
  2. grampositivecocci

    grampositivecocci New Member

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    up exercise or lower cal.
     
  3. MaineSucks

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    If you aren't losing weight, you are

    a) eating too much
    b) not doing enough exercise
    c) both



    Your diet sucks. Eat more protein. Humans aren't vegetarians, start acting like it. You are also eating way too much dairy
     
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    Take all that cheese out of your diet.
     
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    Seriously - almost 50g of saturated fat is waaaay too much.
     
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    How consistent are you diet wise?
    I don't think your macro quantities are that bad at all.
    Wondering if the quantities are accurate though. While I don't care about your saturated fat intake... maybe vary your protein sources so not too much are from cheese. Add more red meat and chicken. If you do cut your calories, keep your protein the same and reduce from fat first, then carbs.
    And definitely don't go below 1800 for now.
     
  7. Aspirin

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    Thanks for the input. I am literally 95% consistant in my diet. Every meal every day is exactly the same except for what veggies I choose to put in dinner...and even then, i keep my portion size constant.

    I may have to bail on my veggie ways temporarily if you guys think its really that big of a deal. I will probably start using 1/4 cup servings of cheese instead of 1/2 and see where that gets me until my student loan check comes out and I can afford meat:hsd:.
     
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    might be a good idea to change up your lifting routine. maybe vary the kind of cardio you do too. variety always helps me just cause it stops me from getting bored.
     
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    Understood then. Maybe at least rely more on eggs...they're relatively cheap.
    Cheese omelette for example.
    And maybe look into incorporating Pur's routine down the road.
     
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    i keep seeing people mentioning Pur's routine. can someone link me? i usually only lurk here and have no idea what you're talking about.
     
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    Instead of cheese, try vegetarian meat alternatives, such as veggie burger patties or tofurkey. Nuts and beans are also good sources of protein, but watch your portions, because the calories in nuts and beans add up fast.
     
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    some very good advice here

    snacking on eggs or adding one to a meal really helped when my wallet was in a pinch
     
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    I went to about.com to get an estimate on how many calories he should be eating and it says for slow weight loss, he should be eating 2600 calories.

    Is it possible he's eating too little and that is what is slowing him down?
     
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    Ride your bikes more :)
     
  16. el es dee

    el es dee ...through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain.

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    This is a big reason.
     
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    Is he eating enough to gain muscle?

    To the thread starter, you need to make sure you have some muscle on you so that you can lose and maintain your weight easier. Having more muscle will increase your resting metabolic rate.
     
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    Granted, there have been some very valid comments but you only stopped progress for one week and you lost 40 pounds prior to that. Personally, I wouldn't sweat it. The diet changes suggested would definitely benefit you though.
     
  19. Aspirin

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    becoming bored isnt an issue for me. I love biking with a passion. But is it really important to vary the type of cardio (i know variety is important in weights) Isnt a good sweat a good sweat, no matter where it comes from?
     
  20. Aspirin

    Aspirin OT Supporter

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    I wondered this too, thats why I had asked about cheat days.

    Thats a good perspective, thanks.

    I know man, my long term goal is definitely to build much more muscle. And even now, I'm closer than Ive ever been to not having a fatass belly...I really want to get slim, but I'm still trying to work hard at weightlifting....its just not my highest priority right now.

    750 miles and counting since May :coold:

    Yeah I can definitely try to work eggs in as you and TWolf have said. I'll just cut down on some cheese and eat some real eggs, instead of just whites all the time.

    And in response to your PM, i generally do eat every 2-4 hours depending on my class schedule etc, but thats about when I get hungry, and when im hungry I eat....definitely not trying to starve myself.
     
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    Another issue that I just thought of is dehydration. If you are not properly hydrating before and after exercise, you could be having some water retention, which would be reflected on the scale.
     
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    Thats a good thought but I drink 3+ liters of water every day.
     
  23. timberwolf

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    Having more muscle actually doesn't make as big a difference as I used to think. What W could try is upping his calories on days he does weights and cardio to 2200, 1900-2000 on the days that are just cardio and 1800 on rest days. So his average daily calorie intake will still be below 2000.

    Damn good point.


    Yep. 3 litres IMO is the bare minimum. I think 4 litres should be your minimum.
     
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    fatmoocow bored OT Supporter

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    You want to weigh a certain amount, but droping 60 lbs all at once shot is going to be tough. I'd say put more emphasys on lifting, eat some protien for dinner, and don't sweat the scale. If you drop down to 175 you'll still be skinny fat from muscle loss It get's much easier if you put on some muscle.
     
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    Online estimates/calculators are worthless. Some people just have shitty metabolisms.

    Even if he's eating too little, and I don't think that's what's going on, there's some research somewhere that shows a 20% decrease, max, due to metabolic slowdown.
     
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