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I am not loosing weight...why????

Please let me now what I'm doing wrong!!!! :-( Each day I have the 30 in 30.I have been doing the SCD for over 1 month and have not lost any weight, have gained weight and lost no inches lost. I am 49. I work out 3 times a week. 30 min aerobic, 75 kettlebell swings, three times a week. I am 5' 4", and weigh 130 pounds. I want to get to 122-125. I have a gross muffin top! It does not go away. I see improvement in some of my body parts, and know that some of my gain is muscle. However, my jiggly fat is still there on my tummy and muffin area. Ugh.

This is what I each each day. I don't cheat. I have 1-2 glasses a wine about 3 nights.

3 eggs, spinach, 1/2 cup beans 6:00 a.m. coffee/cinnamon/cream

1 can diet pepsi at lunch.

4 oz protien, broccoli or cauliflower, 3/4 cup beans 10:00 a.m

4 oz protien, broccoli or cauliflower, 3/4 cup beans 2:00 p.m

4-6 oz protien, veggies (g.beans, broccoli, or cauliflower, 3/4 cup beans. 6:00 p.m

I am also drinking tons of ice water, and using the ice pack on my neck for five nights a week.

I am hungry when it is near the time to eat again. I loose 1-2 pounds, then gain on the cheat day. That weight gain takes 4-5 days to loose! The only weight I loose is the cheat day gain. Thus my vicious cycle. Bottom line is that it takes almost a week to loose my cheat day gain, and then I have the next cheat day, only to gain it back again. Thus the vicious cycle I have not made any headway in the loss since day one.

Please help! All comments welcome. -Dawn

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A few things strike me, the first being that the beans are quite high, close to 3 cups per day. I would cut that back to max 1 cup per day, 1/2 being better.

This is from Mark's Daily Apple and it works pretty good for us as well,

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In place of the carbs add in more protein and fats (yes fats!), don't take the beans out without supplementing something. Aim for around 1g of protein per 1lb of LBM, for you around 100g total I would guess. More veggies wouldn't hurt either.

If you can break the vice's do, lots of us aren't able to make progress (more like limited) drinking any wine or diet soda's. It seems like Tim allowed a few of his personal vices to slip through.

  • Icandoit commented Apr 6th 2012:

    I'm not sure your breakfast adds up to 30+g protein. 1 egg= 6g (x3), 1/2 c beans = 8 g which makes 26 g. Check the exact grams for the products you're using - I had to estimate. It seems small, but when I went from 23g to 30+ weight started dropping off. I also added 2T coconut oil per day and have lost significant amounts of my muffin top. Adding fat (the right fat) does work, specifically in the mid-section. I'm in the tough 45+ female category, too!

  • dawnchandler commented Apr 6th 2012:

    Thanks for the replies and support. Sometimes I get so confused. the 4 Hour Body book say to follow EXACTLY, so I thought I did. (beans at every meal) The downside is, Ferris didnt offer portion sizes. just simply stated to "eat as much as you want", . I feel hungry within two hours of eating. I will for sure cut the vino, diet soda and cream. QUESTION: Add fats...besides avacado...what fats do I include? Thanks!!!

  • Graham commented Apr 6th 2012:

    It depends on the beans, you can get some that are 10-15g per 1/2 cup.

    I'm eating turkey bacon 2-3 mornings a week, some Nuts in there would be fine (keep the portions small again) Some Olive oil salad dressing on a salad. If you make your own hamburgers, those are high in both protein and fats.

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You can try cutting back on the beans to just two meals a day. Withhold the cream from your coffee. Make sure you are doing damage control on your cheat day. Make those little changes and give it a week. Also the fat around your midsection, thighs, and butt is the hardest fat to get rid of. It will take a while for your body to let go of it, as that is it's favorite place to put it.

  • Danioclarke commented Apr 6th 2012:

    Thanks Jody...what do you mean by damage control on cheat day?

  • jodyalbritton commented Apr 6th 2012:

    In the book, Tim talks about things to do as damage control. Eat a normal SCD breakfast within 30 mins. A shot of grape fruit juice five minutes before the next meals. Air squats and chest pulls within an hour of lunch and dinner. Starts on page 101.

  • dawnchandler commented Apr 6th 2012:

    Thanks....I will totally make these changes. More protein, less beans, and cheat day damage control.

  • erdunn75 commented Apr 12th 2012:

    The damage control ideas seem so time intensive and complicated, makes me not want to do cheat day at all! I ended up doing a cheat meal, and still only had 2 slices pizza with a huge salad. I am following the plan pretty well. only differences: Have 1/2 cup cottage cheese about 2-3 times a week (usually after Strength training), 3 tbsp cream in coffee with a splash of corn syrup free vanilla in the am every morning. I only eat 1 can total beans a day. I'm almost done with week two and feeling very discouraged also. It's like my body just doesn't want to let go of any of the fat!

  • jodyalbritton commented Apr 12th 2012:

    @Erdunn75, I know it can be overwhelming. I do not use everything that is listed in damage control every time I have a cheat day. The ones I have seen the most result from are, drinking a shot of grapefruit juice before every meal, and doing the airsquats/wall presses within an hour of eating.

  • jodyalbritton commented Apr 12th 2012:

    Also for the ladies that are feeling frustrated. Fat loss is both hormonal and mechanical. It may take up to four weeks to see a result, do to the way your bodies can handle fat loss.

  • dawnchandler commented Apr 12th 2012:

    Here I am 7 days later, with no loss. I made the changes. UGH! I have been on the SCD for 6 weeks. I have gained muscle, but the fat is still there.....The first week I lost 4lbs, but gained after the first cheat day. The roller coaster continues like this every week. Plus, with cutting the beans fro 3/4 cup at each meal, I have 2/3, but I get so hungry within 1.5 hours. I am so frustrated.

  • jodyalbritton commented Apr 13th 2012:

    Are you having 3/4 cup at each meal of beans, or 3/4 cup a day?

  • erdunn75 commented Apr 13th 2012:

    Thanks. I promised I would give it 6 weeks no matter what. So we'll see where I'm at then. :p

  • dawnchandler commented Apr 13th 2012:

    I reduced from 3/4 cup each meal to 2/3 cup. Veggies with each meal, and 4 oz of protien. I get hungry.

  • dawnchandler commented Apr 13th 2012:

    to add: Here is what I am eating each day.

    This is what I each each day. I don't cheat.

    3 eggs, spinach, 6:00 a.m. coffee/cinnamon/cream

    1 can diet pepsi at lunch.

    4 oz protien, broccoli or cauliflower, 1/2 cup beans 10:00 a.m

    4 oz protien, broccoli or cauliflower, 1/2 cup beans 2:00 p.m

    4-6 oz protien, veggies (g.beans, broccoli, or cauliflower, 2/3 cup beans. 6:00 p.m

    Sugar Free Jello for dessert, on some nights.

    I am also drinking tons of ice water, and using the ice pack on my neck for five nights a week.

    After eating this, I am hungry after 1 hour...

  • jodyalbritton commented Apr 13th 2012:

    The way to deal with hunger is via protein, and it may seem silly but my meals are some what ritualistic. I eat my leafy greens first, followed by meat until I get thirsty. Then I start drinking water. If I finish my meat and vegetables, and I am still hungry then I eat the beans. I chew slow and only drink when I am too thirsty to eat. This means there is mostly food in my stomach, not water, and the carb rich beans are eaten last and in moderation.

  • jodyalbritton commented Apr 13th 2012:

    Also do you have any underlying medical issues?

  • jodyalbritton commented Apr 13th 2012:

    Are your beans home cooked, or do they come from a can? If the beans are canned, are you draining and washing the beans?

  • dawnchandler commented Apr 13th 2012:

    No medical issues... I home cook my beans. In an emergency, I used caned, but drain and rinse them. Honestly, I dont get it. I work out three times a week. 30 min cardio, and 80 Kettlebell swings. Should I be eating more protien with each meal? The other confusing thing, is that Ferris says, eat as much as of the "legal" foods you want, and that you should be hungry between meals. I am willing to do whatever. When I started this diet, I weight 128, now I am 130. I am sure it is muscle, but I have not lost any fat....I still see my muffin top.

  • dawnchandler commented Apr 13th 2012:

    sorry that "you shouldnt be hungry between meals"

  • jodyalbritton commented Apr 13th 2012:

    Yeah, there is an anecdote on page 96 about Krystal making beans the largest portion and losing ten pounds. Do you know what your current body fat percentage is? When I was over 200 lbs, it was exactly like that for me, I did not have to count calories or watch portions. I just ate half a can of beans with every meal. When you have a lot of weight to lose this is possible. When you get to the last five or fifteen lbs, or the stubborn belly fat, I do not think you can follow the SCD rules exactly.

    There is a calculator here

    http://www.linear-software.com/online.html

    I

  • jodyalbritton commented Apr 13th 2012:

    Also a useful thread for women and SCD

    http://4hourpeople.com/question/632/Women-and-the-4-Hour-Body

  • dawnchandler commented Apr 14th 2012:

    Very helpful.....thanks

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I look forward to hearing any advice people have because I am not losing anything either and I so want to stick at this. It is very strange for me as I usually drop off weight as soon as I change my eating patterns (diet). I am at week 2. The only thing I can think of for me is that I'm eating too many beans and perhaps my meat servings are too big.

  • Ramonastar commented Apr 6th 2012:

    I noticed that when I upped my fat intake that I dropped 4 pounds very quickly. Most of my meals were very LF and then one day with bacon in my salad and a nice steak and bam- two days later 4 pounds down. I had also cut out wine and artificial sweetener.

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I would recommend having a cheat MEAL...not a cheat day, until you start making progress. Also, are you getting exercise?

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I have 1-2 glasses a wine about 3 nights.

-> quit for a whole cheat-2-cheat-week and watch results

3 eggs, spinach, 1/2 cup beans 6:00 a.m. coffee/cinnamon/cream -> reduce cream to minimum,

-> 1 whole 2 whites, 1 cups of spinach, 1 drop of beans

1 can diet pepsi at lunch.

-> quit, find your personal "like" taste of tea, shuyao green with mint or so, chai, roibush, lots of good ones out there

reserve coke for the "now I really need it"-moments. After digging the garden for hours or some exhausting other activity.

4 oz protien, broccoli or cauliflower, 3/4 cup beans 10:00 a.m

-> what protein, powder? take "real" food like ham, meat, eggs,, reduce beans, add salad

4 oz protien, broccoli or cauliflower, 3/4 cup beans 2:00 p.m

-> what protein?

4-6 oz protien, veggies (g.beans, broccoli, or cauliflower, 3/4 cup beans. 6:00 p.m

-> quit beans in the evening.

I am also drinking tons of ice water, and using the ice pack on my neck for five nights a week.

Try to quito one of your meals by having more on the one before.

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