[quote]Higher Game wrote:
With less than 10% being empty calories… Are you eating 200 calories of potato chips and wondering why you aren’t burning fat?
I think the answer is in your own post. You need to pay better attention to your diet.
List your daily food intake and time of day and you’ll get better help.
Also, you should have posted this in supplements and nutrition.
I heard that eating a “cheat” about 10% of the time helps maintain one’s metabolism, in addition to tasting really good compared to salmon, olive oil, spinach, whey, chicken, beans, bananas, etc. That’s the kind of stuff I eat regularly. I think it’s healthy enough, but I don’t have the luxury of eating whenever I want to.
bushidobadboy wrote:There’s your problem: A lack of commitment to proper nutrition.
You can’t out-train poor eating.
Also, why the hell would you want to get less than 2000 Kcals pe day unless you are a completely sedentary individual?
You need to fuel your muscles with adequate calories, so that they remain metabolically active. This forces your body to burn more energy just existing. This in turn burns more fat.
Also, do you seperate your carbs from your fat? The ‘golden rule’ for me is never to eat carbs and fat in the same meal unless I’m on a mass gaining phase.
Finally, you do not mention hydration. This is a big factor in weight loss and in health and peformance in general and should be the first thing on your mind.
I’ll try and drink more water. I already completely abstain from alcohol, yet I see thin guys at college who binge every weekend. As for training with poor eating, look at how many poor people end up as world class athletes. A bad diet can easily be solved by training.
The thing is, the 30 minutes of cardio every day and swimming should be enough to keep the weight down while I build muscle. I try to use 6-10 reps with each major lift to focus on getting a good burn, and I only rest 45 seconds in between sets.
I’m not gaining any weight, which is good, but I want to lose fat before school starts back. I’ll drink more water and maybe up the cardio to 45 minutes a day.[/quote]
First of all. Stop making excuses.
You obviously havent heard what you wanted to hear, which is “wow man, I dont know why what youre doing isnt working.” Unless you weigh 140 lbs (if this is the case, then why are you trying to lose weight?), 2000 calories is far too low. Post your diet. We cant really help you out with all of this unless we have more specifics.
About your examples of the thin guys at college who drink every weekend and the elite athletes: stop comparing yourself to others. Your body is not the exact same, and your reasoning is flawed in both of these examples to begin with. Most of the people who you see drinking insane amounts of booze on the weekends probably compromise their performance in their choice of athletics (if they are even active at all) or are naturally very thin. Elite athletes are just that: Elite. They represent the top 1% of the gene pool. Chances are, their genetics are better than yours. Not to mention, by the time someone reaches the elite level in a sport, they are probably making enough to support themselves and not be considered “poor” anymore. It sounds like you are trying to find ways to justify your lack of progress. You are not a special case. There is nothing phsyiologically wrong with you that is keeping you from accomplishing your goals. The problem is psychological.
If you would rather make excuses than progress, this probably isnt the place for you.