Good point, and I have known this but figured with the extra time in the gym lifting and cardio, the extra sugar alcohols woudln’t be an issue - guess I was wrong.
Could you give me an example of what your diet was during your low carb fat loss period? I feel good at this point, and I am sure part of this is battling against a slow metabolism.
I have been a low carb dieter for a long time, 80% - 90% of the time, so my body has adjusted to this. But, during most of that phase I was eating very lightly ( never felt hungry) and all I did was cycle. So I am sure I lost muscle too.
I am not a stranger to the gym, I have gone through cycles of lifting and not lifting… about 3 years ago I hit it hard for about 6 months, and then fell off again. This time I plan on making it a liftstyle change, so I am fine with the fact that its going to take time.
Its just discouraging to see the scale move up, when I was doing cardio only and eating little it was going down - along with muscle mass as well… by that was still motivational to me to see the drop.
Losing weight is more difficult for some than other, maybe you need to scour your diet for some hidden carbs – sugar alcohols can halt weight loss, for example.
Don’t believe the “Only 2g of IMPACT carbs!” bullshit you see on for example many EAS low-carb stuff.
Also make sure your body gets what it needs to shed fat, ie plenty of water, plenty of omega-3.
When I lost the most weight I was doing something similar to you – I was running (alternating between running, sprinting and walking) 4-5km 4x per week, as well as doing pushups, pullups, dips, and some curling and crushing (was working out at home, with minimal equipment).
My diet was low-carb, high protein (I took the direction of just setting a goal of 300g of protein per day, and trying to reach it, and found out that I’d get so FULL I had no room for anything else – so I was automatically avoiding all carbs, and as much fat as possible).
I was supplementing with multivitamins (I prefer the NOW EcoGreen Multi), B-complex, a few capsules of omega-3 / fishoil, and 4-5g of CLA per day.
For some time I thought the EAS low-carb protein bars were smart (as they were tasty, and only 2g IMPACT carbs, and helped me towards my goal of 300g protein) … but they stunted my progress big time!
Hope this helps…!
I’m a newb to strength training. I started out doing the low-carb “South Beach” Diet. The problem was that it never told you to keep an eye on calories, just eat. So ate and was never hungry. I was quite satisfied, in fact.
Then, the first weigh-in came at a workplace “Biggest Loser” contest. I had lost 16 pounds in ONE WEEK. Needless to say, I was scared shitless that I had done some damage and immediately looked for a reason why. I logged my calories on FitDay and have been slowly bringing my caloric intake back up to about 2500 (I’m 5’10" and 250).
I also workout 3x/week. My body immediately gained 5lbs, most of which I think was my body coming back from starvation.
The only thing I noticed in your post was that you are drinking a lot of your proteins. Perhaps your body is reacting to your intake of fast proteins. Maybe a switch to lean slower protein sources (chicken, tuna) will help. I keep my liquid protein intake to a PWO shake and eat whole proteins throughout the rest of the day.
Hang in there and don’t get discouraged! You are doing something good for your body…the results will come.