This January I decided to get in shape. I’m 6’ and as of January I weighed 235lbs at approximately 30% body fat. I started some basic cardio and body weight exercises and by April I was down to 223lbs and 27.5%, not great but progress.
Beginning in April I met with a dietitian, signed up for myfitness pal, started tracking macros and calories and totally cleaned up my diet. I began eating at a deficit and also began weight training following Stronglifts 5x5. April 1st to today, 12 weeks, I have lost another 18lbs, average 1.5lbs a week, and currently weigh 205lbs.
My concern is the 18lbs I lost represents 12lbs of fat and 6lbs muscle. Also, my body fat % has only decreased from 27.5% to 24.5%. During this time I’ve been 100% committed to my diet, and haven’t missed a single workout.
I read posts where people drop double digit body fat in weeks, or somehow build muscle while losing fat. I’m busting my ass doing Stronglifts…weights are definitely getting heavy for me. Still eating super clean and at a deficit, but my body fat just doesn’t seem to budge quickly as I thought it would. I’m starting to feel defeated and have no idea how I’m ever going to get to 20% let alone lower which I’d like (15%).
What am I doing wrong, and how can I improve? I’m not giving up, but want to make sure I’m doing the best I possibly can to reach my goals. Any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your time!