I am a 23 year old, 5'9 inches, 158 lb female. My ideal composition has been at 140 lbs in the past so I am trying to lose the weight I gained over the last couple years.
I have only started trying to lose my last 18 lbs before summer, and I have about 9 weeks to do this so I have been trying very hard to lose 2 lbs a week. My progress is extremely slow and I don't know what is wrong I have been following Tom Venuto's moderate carb diet flawlessly, 40/40/20 nutrient ratio, (20% fat), and eating 1500 calories a day.
I also taper my calories in the evening and only eat carbs before and after my workouts, never after 3 pm. I also do 60min of fasted cardio 6x a week with a heartrate between 148-167, followed by P90X about 5 hours later in the day as I am working around my college schedule. I never miss a workout and I DO NOT cheat in the evenings, I stop eating around 9 pm.
I have been doing everything perfectly for the last week so I can try to figure out what the problem is. My polar heart rate monitor is estimating just over 1,000 calorie a day burn, as I am exercising 2-2 1/2 hours a day.
After not losing more than .2 lbs when eating 1200 calories I upped it to 1500 and I lost one pound in 9 days at 1500, but I feel like I should be losing at LEAST 2 considering the amount of effort I am putting in. I don't want to do a lower carb cycle yet as I am saving that when I get down to the last 10 lbs, I need a plateau breaking strategy for later.
Does anyone have any idea what my problems could be? I've never had a problem losing weight in the past, I lost 20 lbs last summer not even working out at all or dieting, but now that I am trying it seems to be difficult to budge
Oh, and I take 2 HOT-ROX before my fasted cardio session, I drink Metabolic Drive and I have recently started to take 1 scoop of Surge Workout Fuel before and during my P90X workout, and 1 scoop Surge Recovery following it. I track every calorie and weigh my food, all clean calories and natural carbs