I am Giving up
Its been two weeks, down 0 pounds and no change to my TI. I am about to quit this stupid diet.
I am following the guidelines and working out every day 14 days straight for an hour elliptical and weight training alternating arms and legs every other day. How come I am not losing???
I am INCREDIBLY dedicated to the rules and at this point I am more than frustrated.
Here's a normal day:
0-30 minutes from waking, 7:00: 1/3 cup egg whites with 2 whole eggs, 1 cup spinach 1/4 cup pintos. Coffee w/ cinnamon and 2 tbsp whl milk ( cut out the tsp. of stevia this wk)
Gym: 60 min elliptical (burn 640-700 cal), alternate arms/legs + abs on 8-10 diff machines.
11:30 after gym Snack: hard boiled egg.
12:30 Lunch: chic breast on 2 cups spinach tossed with 2 tabls of olive oil and 4 tabls balsamic. 1/2 cup pinto or black beans.
5:00 Dinner: chic breast or 1/2 pd beef, add sugar free salsa, hot sauce, red/green peppers, maybe sour cream, 1-2 cups spinach tossed with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 4 tablespoons balsamic, 1/2 cup blackbeans. 2 glasses red wine with dinner.
I drink close to 3/4 or a gallon of water a day. Include lemons.
Help!Also, can you direct me to page numbers that Tim talks to too much cardio...With great thanks!
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I am sorry this isn't working, I'm sure it's incredibly frustrating for you.
If you haven't done it yet, I would post up a typical day's meals - what you eat and the amounts. People here might be able to identify what's going wrong.
I do want to mention also that if you have been working out every day for an hour doing cardio, you haven't been following the guidelines. Eating is one half of the deal, the exercise is the other. If you still have the book handy I would reread the sections on effective exercise, and why too much cardio can prevent you from losing weight.
Like Jake says, you're exercising too much.
Your not eating enough especially taking into account your workout schedule.
Cut back on the cardio. Even cut it out.
Make sure you get enough protein. 1-1.25 grams protein per lb of lean muscle mass.
Cut the red wine and the sour cream. Make sure there's no added sugar in the balsamic vinegar.
Consider drinking another litre of water.
Start with that for a few weeks and then tweak from there.
Also wanted to mention you might want to delete the lemon in your water, as well, as fruit is a no-no throughout the week except for cheat day. This, plus the excessive exercise, the wine (he says up to 2 glasses of dry red is allowed per night...is yours dry? I have also read on here where it did halt the progress of some so your body may just not do well with it) plus the couple other things that were mentioned might have just been enough to stall your progress... So sorry for you frustration. You are obviously committed so I hope you will give this another go with a few tweaks. Also, are you adding a cheat day? That is suppose to be very important for results, as well. Best of luck!
As with other respondents to your issue, I agree with dropping the cardio. If your goal is to lose fat, the slow-carb diet really is only part of the "program." I do 20 minutes of high-intensity cardio twice per week, and I would think Tim may even suggest dropping that. One of the reasons this is called "4-Hour Body" is because Tim does 20 minutes of weight training three times during the SCD, totaling 4 hours per month. No matter what sort of calorie deficit you have with your diet, your body will continue to store your food intake in adipose tissue for fuel because it expects to need it for all the cardio you do. The calorie deficit myth is specifically addressed in the book.
As usual, arctichacker seems to have addressed the couple of small issues with the daily food regiment you posted. I would also warn against the sour cream. I am still kind of a newbie here, but I believe in Tim. Read through the slow carb chapters again, paying specific attention to the exercises (both those suggested, and those he warns to limit). And especially adhere to doing cheat day. If you miss cheat day, your body will turn off the fat-burning switch. Just remember to do damage control. I know its a lot, but its worth it.
Lastly, are you able to take PAGG as suggested? He warns of some medical issues that prevent PAGG use in the notes, but if you are otherwise healthy I would recommend it.
Hi. Sorry you're having trouble with this. I have been on for several months and lose very slowly but I've lost over 20 lbs. now. For me, I discovered I absolutely cannot have tomatoes or I won't lose--so you might want to try cutting the salsa. Secondly, milk is a no-no, except for heavy cream. I have 2T of heavy cream in my coffee pretty much every day and do fine with that.
You also seem to be eating a lot more towards the end of the day. I weight my food the opposite: big breakfast; medium lunch; light dinner. Good luck!
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