Yeah I’m pretty stubborn, especially with adding cardio, I was usually eating a little over 3,000 Cals/daily a weight gainer shake post workout , all pretty much healthy foods. If I don’t cut my cals, how will I lose the weight then?[/quote]
No one said NOT to cut calories, just not as much as you did… That looked like 1000 calories depending on dinner.
From the G-Flux article, good starting point:
Berardi: Generally, the best fat-loss approach is this one:
First, be sure you’re eating enough nutrient-rich food to begin with. Typically 12 to 18 calories per pound of body weight is in the ballpark of where you should begin a fat-loss plan. If you’re not doing this, this is where you start. Spend a few weeks eating a high-quality, sufficient-calorie diet.
Also be sure you’re exercising about five hours a week to begin with. If not, when it’s time to start losing fat, begin by getting your exercise volume up to five hours per week.
Follow the plan above. If progress stalls out for more than a week, it’s time to drop the calories a bit. Taking them down by about 10 to 15 percent will do the trick to get your progress kick-started again.
Next, if progress stalls out for more than a week, it’s time to up the exercise once again. Add 1.5 to 2 hours per week and your body fat will get moving.
If progress stalls again, drop the calories once more. This time take them down another 10 to 15 percent. If progress stalls after that, it’s time to take the exercise up once again. Another 1.5 to 2 hours should do the trick.
Now, keep in mind that these numbers are guidelines. They’re not set in stone. The point is to follow a logical progression of first adding exercise, then dropping your food portions, if necessary. And that fits in with G-Flux perfectly. Remember, it’s optimal to lose fat with the highest possible food intake.
Also keep in mind that typically, even in the case of physique athletes preparing for shows, it’s usually not necessarily to go above 10 to 12 hours of exercise per week. So don’t go too nuts with the progression.
Bottom line: If you’re going for the ultimate level of leanness and are doing 10 to 12 hours of exercise per week while having dropped your calories by 20 to 30 percent below “maintenance,” you should be losing fat. If not, you either weigh 100 pounds, you’re doing something wrong, or you need to get a full medical work-up to look at your digestive, absorptive, metabolic, and hormonal health.