Originally posted by DevolutionEvolvd
Originally posted by DJM8507
For the amount of exercise I have been doing over the past 12 weeks (7.5 hours/week) and me cutting my calories to lose 2 lbs/week, I was hoping to
lose more with them both combined. But I have been told that weight is deceptive as one tends to add a lot of muscle weight and 'lean out' and to
not completely rely on a scale. Especially with me doing 3 days upper body, 2 days lower body. I can easily leg press 400 lbs, and bench 315, both 3
sets of 15. My gym is suppose to be ordering more weights, until then that is the max.
Regardless of all that, I still look chubby.
Just my experience. I wonder if I add the organic factor to this will I be able to lose even more?
No. Adding organics will do nothing but thin your wallet. You can eat healthily on an inorganic diet.
Your problem is quite common and the remedy is counter-intuitive.
Weight is deceiving, yes. Gaining muscle and losing fat will not register on the scale, but it WILL in the mirror. If you're still looking chubby
and you're not noticing any major difference in clothes fitting then there is a problem.
First of all, I have no idea WHAT you're eating. And WHAT you're eating takes precedence over how much.
So, you're dieting AND exercising much more than neccssary. You could be exercising wrong. Stop the normal cardio (jogging). Start running sprint
intervals for 30 minutes.
If that doesn't work then your problem is dietary. You're consuming too little calories and are maintaining a negative energy balance that is
essentially slowing your metabolism so much that when you're resting you're not burning anything significant. And, honestly, there are only two
ways you can maintain a negative energy balance and not lose fat: 1) You're eating lots of carbs, 2) You're hyperinsulinemic.
What's the counter intuitive remedy? Exercise less, eat more fatty foods and less carbohydrate rich foods.
Are you hungry all the time?
I think you may be on to something in regards to the "consuming too few calories" as I enter everything I eat into LiveStrong's MyPlate program in
order to track how much I eat. I do eat a lot of carbs, but I am also between 500 to 1000 calories below my current limit after I enter the calories
burned from working out. So in essence I suppose I am not eating enough calories?
I eat mostly salads, chicken, and some pastas here and there made with "life balance" tortilla rolls, etc. I also take multi-vitamins, OMEGA-3, and
a few other supplements. No Soda, No Candy, No Ice Cream, No cookies, No Caffeine, etc. I also drink between 60 to 100 ounces of water per day.
I am 5'10" and this morning I weighed in at 267 lbs.
I did try a modified program on an elliptical yesterday that essentially 'sprints' for a set period of time and then it ratchets up the resistance
quite a bit for short bursts. I must say I could feel my heart pumping out of my chest and was out of breath. Much harder than the typical jogging.
Is that the type of exercise you recommend?
Also, I am not "hungry" all the time, but I do get hungry around the times I need to eat Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
I am also allergic to Fructose and Corn syrup. Sugar also tends to cause me to crash pretty badly. I have a glucose meter, although I am not
diabetic, and my Blood sugar is consistently in the healthy levels, never leaving between 80 to 120. The higher end being if I ate something sweet
(cake, ice cream etc) although it has been quite some time since I had those. THe lower level is after fasting for 12-18 hours, give or take.
I do appreciate any help you guys could share. I have been on this weight loss journey over the past 12 months or so, and have just started hitting
the gym daily since January. It has become an easy habit but I really hope to be down to at least 220 lbs soon. I do suppose I am currently losing
around a pound per week, which is the "healthy" way, right? Especially considering I am doing some moderate weight training in addition to the
[edit on 13-4-2010 by DJM8507]