I was hoping there would be one person on this forum that would take the time to read this and REALLY try to help me.
I have been overweight for quite some time. Over the past 3 years I have tried multiple programs/diets with no success, (and YES, I did give each of them time to work...) I understand these things do take time...
Before I list everything that I've tried let me explain:
I am not afraid to work hard in the gym, I do not eat crap, I'm a natural athlete and overall pretty muscular. I'm 25 years old, and it kills me that I have wasted YEARS trying to lean out, while it takes others a mere few months to lose weight...
When I see images of relatively non-active women who claim "I lost 38 lbs in 4 months!" with just diet I want to throw up...Seriously, I only need to lose 15-20 lbs...but I never make any progress...
But let me repeat: I WORK HARD IN THE GYM... I RUN 5ks...I CrossFit (when I feel like it, I only drank 1/2 the cool-aid)...I LOVE LIFTING for God's sake....in the words of Ronda "I AM NOT A DO-NOTHING B***H...
So to get to the point, I would LOVE if someone could just point me in the right direction...
Weight: 163 (I know this sounds terrible)
Starting BF% was 32.9...now I'm at 29%
Things I've tried:
Running 6 miles 4-5 days a week while starving myself (no need to comment on this one)
CrossFit with strict Paleo (could also be considered starving myself)
Push/Pull/Legs/Core "Comp" prep with Macros...(Cal: 1800) (Carbs 170) (Prot:157) (Fats:55) (Fiber20-30)...with a trainer who I saw once a week, the other days were doing the workouts on my own.
CrossFit with Macros-A: Cal: 1,680 - 1,960____Pro: 141-171g____Fat: 37-43g____Carbs: 189-220
...(in fairness, I did this for 20 weeks (followed it to the T) and saw a 3% decrease in body fat...but I didnt lose any weight...AND even worse, I was 'supposed' to have lost 2 lbs a week with this... so we decided to switch up my numbers, at which point the trainer who wrote them initially went MIA.... so I recalculated them myself (blindly) as below...
CrossFit with Macros-B: (Calories: 1800) (Protein: 163g) (Fat: 64g ) (Carbs: 144)
Then after a few months switched to:
Just Running 5ks, 4x a week while just eating what felt 'right' and 'smart' (and I dont mean a million quest bars, though I do like those)...but I was driving myself nuts with counting numbers with no results... to be honest, this FELT good, but again, who knows if this is ideal?
Recently I went back to my push/pull/legs bit with the last set of Macros...I noticed a bit more definition in my arms (delts!)...but thats it...no fat loss really... also, no cardio during this...
I was JUST about to attempt the Waterbury method with Macros as follows: Cals: 1,600___ Carbs: 140___Fats: 44___Proteins:160 .... but then I saw the "Hard Body Training For Women" article https://www.T-Nation.com/workouts/hard-body-training-for-women ... WHICH ONE DO I CHOOSE?
At this point I'm confused, and before anyone blames CF, or bad trainers at Retro, or the boyfriend/brother/guyfriend who thinks he knows what he's talking about...I've also read a lot of articles on here that just seem to add to the 'do's and don'ts' ....the problem is the overlap...
Some say cardio is bad, it will destroy your muscles. Other programs, like the Waterbury I'm about to begin, allow it for 20 mins every other day.
Same with diets. Some sources say you can lose weight while just dieting...others stress the importance of lifting heavy.
Some say cutting calories will make you gain weight...is a 1600 caloric intake going to backfire on me and make me gain weight?!?! Others say 'reverse' dieting (cals: 1900s-2000s) helped them lean out...
One person told me that form isn't THAT important, that I should just DO it...and another says "well if your form isn't correct its a waste of a workout'
WTF...HOW IS ANYONE SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO?
To be honest, I've developed a lot of emotional issues because of this. Anyone with weight issues understands...but now I have serious anxiety anytime someone recommends a new program because every time it doesn't work, its an emotional tail-spin.
Please dont let me slip through the cracks. I'm one of your own!!! I'm not lazy and I WANT THIS I'm just feeling very confused and mislead right now... there's just TOO much information.