Am I done losing?
When I started I was just trying to take off pregnancy weight and was a little over 155. I made it to 145 (pre pg) and kept losing. Now, despite not changing anything and adding "damage control" and pagg, I am stuck around 130. I would love to get o pre-wedding 125 but I'm starting to feel like maybe this is it. Iddk if I have the time and motivation to do the last mile and I already workout (strength and cardio).
Any feedback? I like the way I look, but have always wanted flatter abs (I have a little pouch). I am also kind of bummed bc I was hoping that at some point I could reintroduce some dairy or fruit, but if I'm not losing I think that would mean gaining.
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Jody mentions that you might be eating too much and an equally common problem seems to be eating not enough, particularly with those doing a lot of cardio. It's possible you've been eating too little and exercising too much. That will send your body into starvation mode where it initially loses weight from the deficit, but eventually reacts by conserving as much energy as it can, slowing your metabolism.
I also recommend counting a typical day's calories - post that up here along with your workout and we can probably figure out what's going on.
We all hit plateaus. They're frustrating as heck.
Congrats on your fat loss and more importantly, your new BABY!!
Kinda personal question, but are you breastfeeding? That uses a lot of calories. Your body may be wanting to hold onto fat reserves to maintain milk production.
Firstly, it's up to you whether you're done or not. If not, you can either tweak your current SCD regime for a couple of weeks and see what happens. Sometimes it's a matter just changing something that kicks things into gear.
Here are some ideas:
I would personally ditch the protein shakes for real food. I know it's worked fine until now but if you're stalling, this the time to start tightening up the plan.
Limit the chocolate to 2 nights a week. Have all you want on cheat day.
I would opt for a couple of eggs or leftover meat for a snack.
Cut your cardio. really. go for a walk with your beautiful baby.
Do Cheat Day every 10 days instead of every week.
Keep your carbs between 50-100 grams. That apparently is the sweet losing range.
Up your fats.
Or go to LM if you think you can handle it. I would cut out the cardio if you do.
Where you fat deposits is more genetic than anything. For many, the belly is the first place the put on fat and the last place they lose it. One thing that might help is going off grains. I did when it became clear that I had gluten sensitivities. Even when I was at a lower BF% and an endurance athlete in my 20s, I had a little belly pooch. NowI have some cool flat ab action. My thighs are another story
You can have all dairy, fruit and whatever else you want on cheat day.
I know the book says you don't really have to count calories but, this is said about people with much weight to lose. Do you have before and after body fat%? If you have lost muscle in the process of losing weight then you have lost some ability to burn calories. If this is the case, then the amounts you were losing with will no longer be low enough, and you will need further reduce to get to a lower body fat. I had a stall when this happened to me at 180 lbs. I had not been exercising, and had lost forty total lbs, ten lbs of which was muscle. I hit a wall for a month before I started tracking my calories, then reducing them to maintain a 500c deficit. When you start nearing the last bit of weight to lose is when the road gets the steepest.
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