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Stalled weight loss after 60days.

I started January 1st like a lot of people, I was skeptical so I took Tim's Suggestion of a 30day trial Breakfasts to +30g protein within 30 minutes of waking, consistent lunch and dinners

I started at 264lbs

Jan1-31

Breakfast

- 2 whole eggs = 14g protein

- 2 tbsp of egg whites = 10g protein

- 1 cup of lentils = 11g protein

- Handful of raw spinach.

Lunch

- 6-8oz roasted chicken

- 2 cups of Green beans

Snack:

1/2 cup of roasted almonds

Dinner

- 6-8oz roasted chicken

- 2 cups of Green beans

Pros:

lost 15lbs. = 249lbs felt really good during the day 10a - 01a

Cons:

breakfast 7a took 10-15 minutes to make and 10+ minutes to eat properly, I had too much energy in the evening and getting to sleep was more impossible than before. I was miserable in the morning and late for work a few times due to poor time management and dragging myself out of bed.

Feb1-28

Breakfast

- 2 whole eggs = 14g protein

- 2 tbsp of egg whites = 10g protein

- 1 cup of lentils = 11g protein

- Handful of raw spinach.

Lunch

- 6-8oz roasted chicken

- 2 cups of Green beans

Snack:

1/2 cup of mixed nuts

Dinner

- 6-8oz store bought beef (probably grain fed.)

- 2 cups of Green beans

Pros:

Lost 7lbs = 242lbs

Cons:

Breakfast were still a pain in the ass and I took to sleeping 12+ hours on my cheat day. so I'd be up until 2 in the morning on saturday night still eating junk. sundays were hell I felt sick and run down all day. no matter what I tried I still couldn't fall asleep before 1am.

March1- March 31

Breakfast

- 2 whole eggs = 14g protein

- 2 tbsp of egg whites = 10g protein

- 1 cup of lentils = 11g protein

- Handful of raw spinach.

Lunch

- 6-8oz roasted chicken

- 2 cups of Green beans

Snack:

1/2 cup of mixed nuts

Dinner

- 6-8oz turkey.

- 2 cups of Green beans

Pros: noticeable difference in my face, looked skinnier. found the cause of the sleep interference, 1cup of Yerba Mate tea in the morning +3 cups of green tea 10a-4p = bad news.

Cons: gained 7lbs 249lbs, completely sick of eggs, lentils and spinach, literally having to choke it down in the morning, started drinking the eggs raw to get them over with faster.

April1 - May 31

Breakfast (7days a week)

1.5 portion Iso Natural unflavored whey protein 42g protein

1 portion VegeGreens

1 portion fitness fiber

Lunch

Wendy's Baja salad (no guac.)

Dinner

- 6-8oz meat

- misc vegetables.

Pros: lost 4lbs = 245lbs Breakfast is silly easy and goes down in less than a minute. still noticing a visual difference in my body.

Cons: not many just wish I was losing more bulk weight...

June isn't completed yet but no further weight loss, diet is the same as April and May, and I'm outside a lot more than the previous 5 months, I thought the weight would be melting off but its just idling.

I'm thinking about dropping the protein shake once a week in July to see if that makes a difference but other than that I'm out of ideas, Suggestions? any would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

CDUB

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Wendy's Baja Salad has 12g sugar according to this. Ditch it, it's not helping. Switch back to your chicken lunch, and eat it over a homemade salad with romaine lettuce and try using a red hot-based dressing mixed with a little olive oil and some spices: this will be lower calorie (red hot is 0), and the hot/spice should be adequate flavor. Or, if you are looking for the easy take-out lunch, go for a chipotle burrito bowl variety with no rice, and avoid the corn salsa.

Whole food meals are going to be better than meals you can drink, but if you really can't stomach eggs anymore then consider switching to a casein-based protein powder instead of whey. See this article for more detailed information, but essentially, since whey is such a fast-digesting protein, it can cause unwanted insulin spikes which can turn off your body's fat burn switch. Casein does the opposite and coagulates somewhat in your stomach, so it takes longer to digest, and you will also feel full longer. The other side effect of the longer digestion is little to no insulin spike.

For your veggies, you are just stating "mixed veggies" in the more recent months with dinner. I don't know what this means, but assure you are not consuming a mixed veggies style that includes corn. Corn is a grain, and should not be consumed on slow carb. You best choices for veggies are going to be these guys.

Lastly, in your most recent months, it doesn't appear you are eating any sort of beans/legumes. I'd suggest having them with at least one meal/day, so your body will still be getting some carbs other than veggies to fuel your muscles. Ideally, this would be breakfast, since then you would have the entire day for your body to utilize them (as opposed to consuming carbs with dinner, when you are more likely winding down your day or going to sleep soon). Also, cutting those out drops your daily caloric totals down, and without increasing your meat (~1.5-2x) and veggie (~1.5x) portions, you are not making up for those calories. If you are consuming too little, then your body will end up going into starvation mode, which means that your body will resist fat burning in order to preserve the stored energy.

One additional note that you did not include information on is work outs. This can be a huge factor as well. (Specifically, people who work out too much actually lose less; mainly relating to cardio)

  • cdub37 commented Jun 26th 2011:

    @s joshua: Thank you for the detailed reply, the casein vs whey protein is a new one to me or something I've obviously overlooked, I was just making sure I got a lean protein mix with as little sugar as possible.

    Appetite wise I haven't been hungry, I usually don't feel hungry until 5-6 hours after breakfast, if I've gotten caught up on something and neglected to each lunch at 11:30-noon. Around dinner time I get the urge to snack, but I drink water and do

    Mixed Veg = Broccoli, Cauliflower, and carrots or Yellow and Green long beans.

  • cdub37 commented Jun 26th 2011:

    continued...

    Reading some of the other "stalled" post got me thinking about my water consumption. I keep a 750ml water bottle at my desk and awhile back I made a point of drinking at least 2 bottles during an 8 hour work day and I was drinking a boat load of tea as well, since cutting back on the Tea that I associated with the water, Getting a new pot of tea usually coincided with refilling my water bottle. After writing this post I've set a goal of drinking at least 3x 750ml throughout the workday

    I think your suggestion on the Beans is a good one. I think a mid morning snack of a six-bean medley with some chicken stock and franks redhot is in order.

  • cdub37 commented Jun 26th 2011:

    Exercise wise, I'm not what I would consider physically active, I try to get in a low intensity 4km walk a day and I do some basic stretching each morning along with 20x hindu pushups and 20x squats or lunges.

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Having a cheat day is important.

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Wow! You did a great job by reducing weight in 60 days.. Reducing weight is not an easy job, but you did it and you are successful in this point.

I tried to reduce weight by following weight loss program by food lovers fat loss program by Robert Ferguson. This fat loss diet program made me fit and one special advantage is I could eat all food which I love during this period.

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