- That’s the problem - I don’t cheat… I might vary things day to day e.g. have strawberries instead of an apple/banana at Meal 4 or another fruit/veg and maybe on a Sunday have a small serve of what the family is having together with my vegetables… but I’ll cut back on the other meals to compensate for any extra calories consumed. I’m kind of disappointed that people just assume I must be cheating but I don’t blame them to a certain extent.
Variation that small isn’t likely to throw you off. So that’s probably not the gig.
- The only problem with this was that I was on around 1300 but was recommended to increase it as I wasn’t eating enough … and I was actually getting hungry and feeling I needed a little more… 1500 seems o.k e.g. I am not hungry and don’t feel deprived… I know I need to make sacrifices but I think I may prefer to up the cardio then.
Out of curiosity, who recommended you raise your calories? It was probably good advice (In all honesty, I have no idea how to work out how much women should eat. Women v. Men is like day and night). If you have a trainer who can see your progress in person, sometimes that resource is invaluable.
- Yes - I understand… i usually don’t rest as such… in between lifts I might do pushups, air squats, weighted step ups, core work, stair runs, rowing etc… to keep my heart pumping.
I believe you. FWIW, it works best in a planned, systematic fashion, but you understand the principle, so you’re probably taking care to slowly ramp up the intensity of your workouts. Cool.
(Also FWIW, in post above, 3-5 aren’t just based on my experience. Most of them were intended to be ‘things you already know’, I just forgot to delete the line. Sometimes I don’t type so good)
- Speaking of stress levels - I am quite stressed (job/life) and I know that this can have some form of effect… could I possibly be underestimating the impact this is having on my results?
Short answer: Yes.
Long Answer: Yes, but it has less to do with your stress levels and more to do with how you deal with them. So you work 10-12 hour days as a social worker, constantly seeing a shifting, shapeless mass of teenage angst and poor parenting barrage itself through your office, you are demanded to improve the lives of people who resent your authority, you have difficulty finding time throughout the day to eat, and you have difficulty getting to sleep each night despite the bitter hollowness of fatigue rotating behind your eyes from the moment you get up in the (too early) morning to the moment you collapse onto your rusty second-hand camp bed. What do you do?
Well, it’s not like you’re going to change professions for the sake of your fat loss (I mean… it isn’t, is it?). And no matter how many people say ‘don’t let it get to you’, it’s not like you have a way of ‘not letting it get to you’, because if you did, you’d be doing it, and it wouldn’t be ‘getting to you’. So what can you do?
Books have been written about stress management. Not knowing your particular predicament, I’ll advise you to look into it, along with this obnoxiously general advice:
- Have an evening ritual before you go to bed, and get enough sleep. The former, IME, is highly conducive to the latter.
- Take high volumes of Vitamin C (like, a gram) along with your PWO shake. Don’t take it at other times (vitamin C has some anti-cortisol properties, and while you need periodically high levels of cortisol/stress to function like a human being, elevated cortisol PWO can undue the benefits of the exercise you just performed. Vit C helps lower cortisol through a mechanism I do not fully understand but have seen used intelligently by people more intelligent than me. Mega-dosing is good because Vit C is cheap, and there is virtually no known toxicity).
Have measured… hips have decreased by 4cm… but arms have increased by 1.5cm??? I don’t want to be increasing my arm size.
LOL. How long of a period are we talking about here? in 6 weeks, your hips have decreased 4cm?
I’m not too sure about using thermogenics… I would like to keep things as close to nature as possible… I struggle with my protein powder as I know it is not entirely natural. What’s the deal once you stop taking them e.g. decrease in raised metabolism?
Well, far be it for me to advise you against your better judgement, but protein powder is about as natural as Amaranth Flakes. Wheat has to be first domesticated (wheat grows wild, but it was selectively bred for large, plentiful grains), then picked, threshed, sifted, pressed, and baked in order to go from the wild plant to the cereal poured out of a plastic sack in a cardboard box and served with milk. Protein powder is typically either mechanically or chemically seperated from the water, fat and sugar in milk, dehydrated, and packaged. It’s probably more natural than cheese, because I don’t think they treat it with lab-grown bacteria.
As far as thermogenics go… Biotest’s HOT-ROX has a bunch of hippie plants in it (Forskolin, Yohimbe, and something vaguely extracted from rasberries… yeah, go figure), and a metric fuck-ton of caffeine. Once you stop taking them, your body’s metabolism goes back to… where it would have been without it. Most of the time, that’s back to baseline. After prolonged usage (I’d guess about 4 months of constant use) you run the risk of harming yourself. But, put into perspective, it’s a lot like coffee. You use coffee to wake up in the morning, after a couple of months of half a pot a day, you find it difficult to stay awake without it. The point is to use it when it is beneficial, and sparingly- so you use it when progress slows on a cut, and not before. As time goes on, you periodically up the dose, until you’re done, at which point you cycle back to maintenance. Key words are ‘safe’ and ‘effective’, and there’s a bunch of people here and in the Supps forum who’ll attest to that.
If you don’t feel comfortable using thermogenics or protein powder, that’s fine. Really. You can get similar results by adding more cardio and chicken tenders, respectively.
Yep, taking the fish oils… 6 per day (=6000mg per day, also 1 women’s multivitamin and magnesium as I often get cramps)
Thanks again for all your suggestions… I guess I may have to suck it up and just reduce those calories again and up the cardio to get rid of the excess…
Yeah, that looks like the jist of it. If all your ducks are in a row, the only thing you can really do is use the brute-force method. Good luck. Post back with results/problems.
Thanks again for all your help and information. Sorry for the delay in my reply, but I have been travelling for work.
As of tomorrow I will actually have a new trainer who will supervise and coordinate my training/nutritional programme (According to my trainer my nutrition needs a little work and apparently my training is all over the place)… so together with your advice and his expertise I’m hoping by summer time (i’m in the southern hemisphere)I might see some decent change!
Many thanks again.