I've been trying to lose weight for 6 mos... May 8th I started getting REALLY serious about it since I managed to gain back the 10lbs I lost, so I got a membership at a new gym, and cleaned out my diet. Specifically, I kept myself to: No soda, sugar less than 24g / day, less than 1000 cals/day, and 2 hours of cardio a few times a week. I was hooked to 1 Redbull a day, so I switched to the sugar free version.
I expected some great results, afterall none of my friends go to the gym, and they pretty much eat/drink what they want. To my surprise, I didn't lose anything.
So two weeks ago my dad got me a personal trainer and a nutritionist to help. They tested my metabolic rate, told me it was 1135 cals/day. They tested my heart rate during exertion and told me my fat burning zones. I workout with the trainer doing weights and resistance exercises 2 hrs/ week, plus about 2 hours on my own between sessions, and I am doing cardio at least 1 hour a day all within my fat burning zone.
I'm having trouble eating 1200 calories, I usually hit 800-1000 every day. My HR monitor's calorie count (which was calibrated to my metabolic rate, age, height, and weight) says I burn about 800-1100 calories every workout day.
So, Why.... if I'm burning 800 calories in exercise, and in theory 1137 calories just existing, am I Gaining weight? Sure, muscle...but when I started this process I weighed 126 lbs, and today I weighed in at 131, and my trainer scolded me. But I've been eating only the foods they said I could, I've counted my calories, and I've even added extra activities to my day besides my religious cardio like sitting in the sauna, cleaning, and taking the dog for long walks... I'm getting really depressed that I just can't make any progress. If anyone has any suggestions, please share!View Thread
I found when I started trying to avoid All carbs, and ate more lean protein instead, I stopped craving sugary things nearly as often. I think eating simple carbs makes your body just crave more of them. Try limiting all your carbs and see if that helps.View Thread
I've had a few updates since my post. I did another body analysis at the gym and we discovered that the now 6 lbs I've gained since starting is muscle, and I've lost the same amount in fat. So I guess my body is working with me after all. Another side note though, is that today marked the end of the first week (of 2 total) of the D-Tox diet plan I started with the nutritionist...I was expected to lose 10-12lbs during these two weeks, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen.
I find it very very odd that I've managed to gain 6 lbs of muscle on this plan...I'm doing moderate cardio 5 days a week for at least an hour every session, but I'm keeping the intensity down within my heart rate zone for maximum fat burn. I'm also doing moderate weights twice a week for an hour each session. I'm not very sore after the weights, so I didn't think I'd be building, and we've been aiming for toning and strengthening anyway. I figured burning so many calories from my previous activity level and diet would Surely result in weight loss! I guess I have a very stubborn body. =(View Thread
My nutritionist has told me to avoid ALL sugar as much as possible to try to get my metabolism going. I also thought "Well, raw fruit is really healthy...surely I should eat lots of that!" but she said I'm not to have more than 1 handful of fruit per day since I'm having such a hard time losing. She also said that the sugar in the fruit would make it harder for me to lose weight.
I know smoothies are yummy and filling, but try to have protein in the morning instead, and limit all your sugar. A lot of people have good results with that.View Thread