I cant lose fat!
- 08-07-2012, 08:54 AM
I cant lose fat!
Really don't know what else to do...? I've been counting calories for months now. I've tried no carb, low carb, carb cycling, leangains, EC stacks, LISS, HITT.....what's it gonna take?
Simple math tells me calories in=calories out
But if I start to drop cals lower and lower.. My weight doesn't change at all! The only thing that happens is my muscles start to feel frail, weak and skinny.... Ive been messing with this consistently for a year and in 1-year not an oz. of fat has seem to come off?
I see so many transformations and it boggles me how in the world people can make such changes in 1-year?
- 08-07-2012, 09:25 AM
Have you had a blood panel done to see if there are any underlying issues that could possibly be the reason why you aren't losing any fat?
- 08-07-2012, 09:49 AM
08-07-2012, 09:51 AM
I have had regular blood and hormone levels checked....I came up anemic and was put on iron 3 months ago.Originally Posted by Jethro52185
I have same issues when I bulk, the only thing that bulks is midsection.
08-07-2012, 10:04 AM
Without measuring, people can estimate as far as 40-50% off on calories for the day.
The other part is 5'10" 170 lbs. I'm not sure how fat you can be at 170 and 5'10". Maybe a better idea is to concentrate for a bit on adding some lean mass (not bulking) and then return to fat loss in a few months.
08-07-2012, 10:10 AM
I measure everything , my kitchen looks like a science lab. I use my fitnesspal to log everything that goes in my mouth, my training sessions are pretty intense!! I'm not fat I'm about 16%bf. my arms get pretty lean , I'm very vascular... It seems all of the 16% is around my mid and back because my legs are pretty lean also..... I'm having trouble finding the right balance
08-07-2012, 10:15 AM
ok, you said "I've tried no carb, low carb, carb cycling, leangains" and "Ive been messing with this consistently for a year and in 1-year not an oz. of fat has seem to come off? " how long do you follow an individual program? it seems like you've had a lot of variation there, and maybe in your workouts too? Its not entirely out of line to keep losses at a pound a week or less if you are having a hard time losing. And then particularly if you are doing a cyclic keto type diet, you see a huge bounce with the carb ups, so real loss is a little less apparent.
do a screenshot or report off my fitness pal and post up yesterday
08-07-2012, 11:03 AM
08-07-2012, 11:43 AM
This was August 2...
This was the first weekend I actually went away all summer. So even tho I ate extremely well, I didn't log....aug 2 was a day off from training my cals total was 1989.
With Harris Benedict my maintenance was 2550.... I've been taking a leangains approach.. I train hard 3 days a week with weights and eat 2600-2800 just on those days.
08-07-2012, 12:52 PM
Sounds to me like you've probably cut calories drastically in the past out of desperation. If you keep fluctuating between periods of under feeding your body to periods of over feeding or hitting maintance....chances are you've done more bad then good to your metabolisim.
I see allot of people who use 'myfitnesspal' go by the calories the app tells them to eat. Use it to track what you eat, but don't let it dictate how much calories you should be eating. The HBE is still only just a educated estimate at what your caloric intake will be. You need to adjust accordingly till you find out what works for your body.
You can actually have your Basal Metabolic Rate tested to take ALL the guess work out. If you under-eat, your body holds onto fat and eats muscle. This slows your metabolic rate and muscle takes longer to build then fat does to burn. If you over-eat, well we already know that just takes you further away from your fat loss goals.
Get your BMR tested, and don't always use apps like my fitness pal to come up with caloric targets or how much calories are in an item. Nothing is more balls on then turning that F**ker over and reading the nutritional facts.
All this is assuming your eating clean foods and getting plenty of sleep and drinking plenty of water. If your doing all the above and still can't seem to loose some fat, adding in some cardio throughout the week would be the next step.
08-07-2012, 04:12 PM
I also have this exact same problem. I'm 6'4 200 pounds pretty lean and developed other then my lower back and lower stomach. Although I think it might be because I used to be 305 pounds and I'm worried that I've lost so much weight my metabolism has slowed to zilch. I train hard 7 days a week, 4 days intense weight training, 3 days long steady cardio. Although on my weight training days I also do cardio with a 20 minute warm up HIIT and 20 minute warm down just steady pace. My calorie intake is roughly 2000 calories of whole clean foods and mostly protein with mod carbs and low fats. I understand that is way to Low for some one of my stature I just think after all the weight loss my metabolism is very slow. Does any one have a suggestion for raising my calories to a normal level with out my body storing it all as fat?
08-07-2012, 04:21 PM
I use fitnesspal just for an easy way to track my intakes , I don't go by their equations. Where do you recommend I get my BMR properly tested?Originally Posted by epstaneman
08-07-2012, 04:37 PM
08-07-2012, 04:43 PM
08-07-2012, 07:05 PM
08-08-2012, 04:04 AM
Try a 30-36 hour fast, twice a week. Its hardcore but if you have the determination.... you cant possibly lose. I challenge you
08-08-2012, 11:52 PM
You said you train 3 times a week but did not mention cardio. I know what works for me when I want to lose fat around my mid section - diet and LOT's of cardio.......
08-09-2012, 02:31 AM
08-09-2012, 02:59 AM
08-09-2012, 09:32 AM
At least 60 mins of cardio each day, sometimes X2!! AM cardio is always done on a fasted stomach. Treadmill, bike, cross ramp, stair master etc.... and If I'm really trying to ramp it up I will take a boot camp or kickboxing class which burn's about a 1,000 calories per class.
08-09-2012, 01:20 PM
08-09-2012, 01:34 PM
you dont have to
realistically it doesnt make much of a difference especially when compared to the difference dietary changes make WRT fat loss
"The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance." - Socrates
08-09-2012, 02:15 PM
08-09-2012, 11:22 PM
Sounds like some of you guy's are just skeered!!
My point is.....if the op hasn't been able to make changes in a year and wants to lose body fat, then why not pick a diet to follow and add in cardio several times a week??? Burn that _ _ _ _ off!!!
08-09-2012, 11:28 PM
08-09-2012, 11:32 PM
Also at 5'10 and 170 you can't be that fat at all, unless you have very little lean body mass. You need to eat slightly over maintenance to gain some quality muscle, but do it slowly and stick with one diet.
08-09-2012, 11:48 PM
08-10-2012, 12:11 AM
08-10-2012, 06:03 AM
08-10-2012, 07:38 AM
I've suffered the same when I jumped on different diet protocols within a short period of time. Your best bet as many have said is pick one diet and training protocol and stick to it for 3 months with weekly tracking and manipulation. Also take weekly measurements. Sometime the mirror and the scale don't show a loss but you may have added a little size to your arms or reduced the circumference of your waist slightly. Patience is critical to success.
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