help needed for last 5 lbs of fat...
- 05-23-2008, 01:44 AM
help needed for last 5 lbs of fat...
45% protien, 40% carbs, and 15% fats. all carbs from complex sources via whole grains, beans, fruits/veggies, protiens from lean meats, chicken/fish. fats from olive oil/almonds and other nuts.
I had been eating about 2000 calories per day, but decided to drop to 1600 per day to see if it would help.
I weight train mon, tue, thur, friday and light cardio two days per week and HIIT two days per week (consisting of 60 second sprints - 60 second rests - per set, and I do 3 sets).
No fat burner, but I do drink a cop of green tea around noon - hurts my sleep if I drink it later.
I have been really struggling losing my last 5 lbs... any help would be greatly appreciated!
I weight 166 at about 14% body fat - at 5ft 9in tall.
Do you think my calories are too low?
- 05-23-2008, 02:22 AM
dude.... you need to bulk up before you lose anymore weight. At 166... if you cut you will be a toothpick. I might suggest eating clean and bumping your cals up to 3500 a day. If you seperate your fats and carbs with protein in every meal you should lean out a bit. I'm not genetically gifted and I eat 4000+ cals a day to maintain. I'm 10% bf so it does work. Lift heavy bro.... compounds and dumbbells!
05-23-2008, 02:47 AM
I am in my 6th week of lifting. My strength is going up. Example, on chest day, I start with a warm up then hit 5 sets of 5 reps. Each week I have been going up 5 to 10 lbs.
I eat clean protien, but not sure what you mean by seperating carbs and fats... only fats I get are very low in saturated and carbs come from oats and whole wheat bread and beans.
My last 5 lbs sits right on my belly... I am lean everywhere else....
05-23-2008, 02:48 AM
I strive to take in 160 to 200 grams of protien daily, with only 3 protien shakes used as post work out meals and snacks.... my main meals have lean meat or beans.
05-23-2008, 03:05 AM
05-23-2008, 03:38 AM
Travis, When I say seperate fats and carbs I mean exactly that. Example:
Meal 1 (1 lean chicken breast and 2 tablespoons of flax oil)
Meal 2 (1/2 cup brown rice and large can of tuna)
Read every label and pay attention to what has carbs and fat. Try to get most of your carbs in the fist half of your day. My last 3 meals are fat and protein.
05-23-2008, 10:43 AM
I'm half with and half against skeeto
Definitely agree you should stop worrying about the fat on your belly for a bit, and ignore the scale and work towards putting on some muscle. it will make the fat easier to loose
the part where i'm a little against him is in the separating fats + carbs. I think that is mostly voodoo i've tried it, and noticed no significant difference. I think the only reason it seems to work is that carbs can be calorically dense as well as fats, so a meal that has both could end up very dense calorically and so create a short term surplus even if for the day you are in defecit, and thus store some as fat. still not too likely.
Add 10-15lbs leanly by eating really healthy and clean at 2500 cals or whatever you need for 1lb a week over the next 3 months, then go back to loose the rest of the belly fat. Also don't be afraid of healthy fats, 15% is kind of low. Flax + fish oil directly, but all natural peanut butter, other nuts are really good for you.
05-23-2008, 11:31 AM
1lb a week? the human body can only put on 3lb muscle a month max. any more will be bodyfat. 3lb is going a limb too, most studies say 1-2lb.
05-23-2008, 11:38 AM
as a new lifter, and having come off weight loss, he should be able to hit pretty close to that. even if 3 lbs out of 12 is fat, it will be worth it to have added 9lbs of muscle.
05-23-2008, 11:38 AM
05-23-2008, 11:39 AM
05-23-2008, 11:41 AM
hehehehe yeah, at 166 for 5'9 and still 14% bf, there isn't a ton of muscle there, so adding just a bit could definitely help the effort to remove the belly fat.
05-23-2008, 11:43 AM
05-23-2008, 11:45 AM
yeah, I guess worth mentioning too that even if currently more fat is hanging around the belly while other has left, with CLEAN eating the new little bit of fat added would likely be added more evenly, not making it signficantly harder to loose the belly
05-23-2008, 02:45 PM
I love the way everyone asumes his main goal is to get big despite the fact the only goal he has mentioned is to lose fat.
Imo the op should tell us exactly what his goals are, then people can make educated replies which are most likely to help him.
05-23-2008, 02:48 PM
05-23-2008, 02:54 PM
Easy did hit it on the head with consistency though, the biggest pain about improving yourself phsyically whatever your goals is the amount of time you have to wait and invest to see a return on your work.
05-23-2008, 03:00 PM
There are two reasons to separate your carbs and fat. One is too mitigate Fat storage caused by an insulin spike from your carb meal. Adding fat to carb meals is not always a good idea.
Example: You go to Chipotle (you have 2 choices)
option 1- Burrito bowl with rice, chicken, black beans, cheese, salsa
option 2- Fajita burrito with black beans, chicken, peppers/onions and salsa.
Option 2 is the way to go hands down for a guy trying to lose the last 5lbs. I rest my case.
Reason number two is alternating can make it easy to keep track of what have eaten already. For many people, reading labels, scrutinizing carbs, fats and sodium is too hard. Keep it simple works for most.
05-23-2008, 03:05 PM
05-23-2008, 03:47 PM
This topic has been done to death by many vastly knowledgable people (several of them on this board). Without even getting involved in whether it is correct or not as there isn't a difinitive answer that will please everyone, I would say two things...
1] The op is 6 weeks in. Consistency and getting the basics right are essential, fine tuning (if this eating fats and carbs thing are indeed fine tuning thats for him to decide after doing some proper research imo) can come later. Always leave yourself somewhere to go.
2] Stating "I rest my case" rarely has any merit, especialy when you haven't made a case, indeed in this case vaugly a point. You repeated a line or two that has been repeated by others ad-nauseum without anything to back it up, and just before you bring the gavel down you put forward two recipies - Perry Mason can sleep safely.
05-23-2008, 05:42 PM
I have gone from 139lbs at 5'9 to 206lbs at 5'9 in 4 years by doing what I'm doing. All the while maintaining 10% bf. Something is working and it may work for others. No pun intended.
05-23-2008, 05:46 PM
05-23-2008, 06:11 PM
Thanks Easy... I hardly ever post in forums because it seems that people bicker and fight over dumb ****. I felt like I could add my 2cents on this one and what do you know, .
05-23-2008, 06:48 PM
yeah I know what you mean
the "carb + protein/carb + fat" idea doesn't hurt, but doesn't seem to hold a significant advantage. too like anything its really more about individual body chemistry.
really tho too, the dieteray fat intake level bothers me (15%). I think that the push we had from nutritionists (probably paid for by the baking industry) to go with lower fat in the diet is a part of the cause of US men having lower testosterone at the same age than they did 50 years ago. you need the saturated fats to create hormones.
05-23-2008, 07:28 PM
Thanks so much for all the replies. I am not a newbie to eating lean. I was at 215 a couple of years ago and lost most of it in just three months.
My goal now is just to look good and get a six pack, and be very healthy.
I ride, run, lift, and have fun.
I just can't get that last 5 lbs off.... I am lean in the legs, back, arms, just the belly. GRRRR... :-)
I started lifting heavy weights six weeks ago. Today's work out ends week six.
I go heavy for about 10 reps of 3 sets. Just basic stuff. If I get all 3 sets up, I go up in weight next week.
I am gaining muscle. My arms, chest, legs, all getting bigger.
I was just hoping someone could help me get my six pack, then I can focus on gaining more weight, 3k calories of lean eating will do that.
Again, thanks so much for all the help - you guys have been great and I am glad I found this board!!
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