I am at a sticking point in my fat/weight loss and I am after some real world experiences. Chime in if you have anything good.
Background - I have been on a version of the AD for over a year. I am very good at staying at or under 30grams of carbs per day and am very content on this diet. At first the weight loss was easy, the first 40lbs dropped like crazy, the next 20 at about 2 lbs. per week, then the next 20 at about 1 lb. per week. Then came the stall.
It was months, at the same weight. I didn't let it bother me, as long as people were noticing changes and I was seeing it in my clothing, I didn't worry thinking maybe muscle was added here or there. Then I cheated over the holidays and gained 15 - 20 lbs. I jumped right back in and the weight started coming off at about a lb. or two per week until I hit 273.4 lbs(old sticking point). I have been stuck there for months, and I mean right there, never more than .1 lb. different weighed same time same day once per week. WTF???
I have used Fitday to track calories and have verified that I am averaging 2200 cal. 6 days per week and 3500 on my refeed day. That is a net average of 2385. Have i killed my metabolism with this low calories? Is that even possible at this high of a calorie total? I have read 100s of articles here over the years, but anytime I tried eating at maintenance for my weight(12 - 14 cal per lb.) I gained fast! Is there any way to tell if my metabolism is shot?
Training - Cosgrove circuits 3x per week, 1 sledgehammer interval day, 1 day off, 2 full days yardwork(gardens, landscaping, mowing, etc.) Computer/desk job!
Aaron - here is a modified version of above meal 1 - 4 eggs, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, coffee with 1oz cream, 3 fish oil tabs meal 2 - 1 1/2 scoops whey, 1/4 cup mixed berries meal 3 - 6oz meatloaf(ground beef, hint oats, hint ketsup) 1 cup broccolli meal 4 - 1 scoop whey, 1/2 cup cauliflower meal 5 - 6oz steak, mushrooms onion with 1 pat butter, spinach & romaine salad with 2.5 tbs olive oil meal 6 - 1/2 cup cottage cheese 2053 cal 130g fat 36.6 g carb 184g protein
This was a light day even for me, usually not two beef in one day, usually chicken in olive oil on at least one of the two heavy meals.
Ok, first thing, what weight are you at the moment? and what weight do you want to be at? How far are you willing to go to get rid of excess body fat? I am only asking so that I can write something up for you....
First, great job at losing 80 lbs so far. As for your training, I don't see any weight training. I believe if this is the case, that if you start weight training in addition to what you are doing, you should see better results.
Mike I am doing circuit training(Cosgrove workout) for my weight training, are you saying to add some standard "heavy" lifting as well?
I forgot about the THIBS morning temp trick, thanks. I will eat a few days of high calories then check it for a baseline. I always have a very low body temp, I'm sure the weight I was carrying for all those years did nothing for my metabolism or any other bodily function for that matter.
Yes everyone says that I don't eat enough, but I have some incredible fear of gaining weight back. Even when I let myself go over the holidays, as soon as I noticed any change in the way my clothes fit, I was back on the diet! Any FFB's out there that can tell me what kind of calories per lb. of bodyweight they needed as they lost more?