Hi, thanks for your response! I am in my late twenties, 5'6'', 145. I have increased the intensity of my training, am now training for a 5k in less than 25 minutes. I ve been running for years now but I kept it at a constant speed, so I've been increasing the speed. It's hard but worth it. Also I have a strength training schedule that changes every 6 weeks. So that's great. About the food and the carbs, I don't eat potatoes,rice, pasta or the likes. I eat bread in the morning and a bit cereal, and some crackers (ryvita rye crackers) for lunch. The thing I noticed with reducing the carbs, is that I don't have enough energy to work out any more. So I need some carbs, but I don't even eat the normal ones you also mentioned. I hope I've been measuring my calories correctly .. It's not soo difficult cuz i rarely eat processed foods and my main meals are salads anyways, so I control what's going in. Sometimes i feel i am a food control freak and think that maybe I should go easy on the calorie counting. But then I just start gaining a bit and feel that all my effort was in vain. It's really as if I am this tip of balance, and need to push a bit toward the minus side of the calories. I'll try to go 100-200 cals less than what i have now and see how that goes. I agree, even if it is small weight loss it is still weight loss. Actually, my weight loss rate now is around what you mentioned. I just keep hoping there is something more I can do to accelerate the process. I am growing tired of this weight loss path since I've been on it for such a long time. I wish I could just go out and eat a larger healthy meal ( i don't even like junk food, i am not even craving that!) but not be worried that I'll have to run for a week to get the extra pound/s off. ...View Thread
Hello all, It is my first time on one of these forums. I've been reading webmd for a long time now and think you guys can help me! I've been keeping a healthy diet and exercise plan for a long time now ( 3 years+). I lost around 25 pounds in a year at some point thru running and dieting. My diet was based on a 1200 calorie plan filled with healthy foods. It was all good, until i reached my so called "set point" weight. Ever since highschool my body seemed to settle at this weight, which is around 15 pounds higher than my current weight now. So, I've been spicing up my exercise plan, doing strength training and increasing intensity on my running. I know that I can reach my goal , i am pretty motivated to say the least. I know that in order to lose more I need to either increase my exercise or decrease the amount of food i am eating. But the problem is , i have been on this diet for such a long time, my body is used to the 1200 cals and doesn't seem to go further down in weight. Now, if I decrease my food intake that brings me below 1200 which is not advisable right? But it is also very difficult for me to push even more with my exercise. Another issue is that it takes me way more time to lose any bit of extra weight that I put on. Say, one weekend i go travelling and i eat slightly more than my body is used to. It takes way more time to get that extra weight off than the calories the extra food really represented ( related to the amount of time i would need to exercise it off). So ..my question is ? Do I have to increase my exercise even more, be even more strict? Should I go lower than the 1200 calorie plan? any idea might help ! thanks a lot !!View Thread
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