I’ve been a long time observer of these forums, but have never posted. This is my first post, so please take it easy on me:
I’m a 24-year-old, 5’7" female with 30% body fat (measured at my local gym using calipers) and I am trying desperately to lose weight - more importantly, I want to reduce my body fat % and ‘looking’ lean is more important to me than the number on the scale.
I have tracked my food intake for 4 years now (I’ve always been calorie conscious, even as a young teenager), but stopped in early 2011 due to a death in the family (I fell of track and regained some of the weight I had lost in the previous months), only to resume my weight-loss efforts this summer.
Even with my ‘calorie conscious’ habits, the ONLY time I have ever lost more than a pound or two in my adult life was back in 2010 when I severely restricted my calories. At that time I wasn’t taking part in any sort of exercise whatsoever, and I was living an extremely sedentary life (40+ hrs/week desk job).
Here are my stats from back in 2010 when I was actually losing weight (back then I was writing everything in a journal and only tracked my calorie intake):
As I mentioned above, I discontinued recording my food intake and let my diet spiral out of control in early 2011 due to a death in the family. As a result, I shot back up to around 150 pounds. Scared that I was well on my way to being 169 pounds again (my heaviest weight of all time) I resumed watching my diet and started to track my intake using an online calorie tracker which counts macros along with my calorie intake.
In addition to recording my diet again, I decided to start exercising. For the past 1.5 months I have been following TurboFire (an intense cardio conditioning program that includes cardio kickboxing, HIIT workouts, and strength training) for 3 days a week, as well as lifting circuit weights (3 days a week). I have been tracking my calorie burns using a polar heart-rate monitor.
Here are my stats for the past couple of months:
Even with the added exercise and watching my diet I don’t seem to be losing any weight, and to top it off, I had my body fat measured again at my local gym this morning and it’s still at 30%!! I feel better, but I don’t ‘look’ any different.
I measure and weigh out everything I put in my mouth. I don’t snack mindlessly throughout the day, and I certainly don’t ‘skip’ logging meals because I’m ashamed of what I ate that day. My food diary is completely honest to the best of my abilities and I drink 4 nalgene bottles of water a day (128 oz) but regardless, I’m not experiencing any progress.
I guess my question is, what am I doing wrong??? Is my only hope for losing weight again to drop back down to eating 1000 calories a day on average??
I’m so lost and confused. I don’t know what to do…