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Hi there, thank you in advance for any help you can give me!

I'm 29, I'm at about 210 lbs (I've lost ~40 lbs thus far in 4 months), My goal is about 140-150lbs. During the 10 days or so I haven't been seeing the same results as I did in the beginning. I cut chick peas out 10 days ago (I was eating those a lot and still losing weight), and non-dairy creamer. Now my diet looks like this:

Breakfast (within 1/2 hour of waking)

1-2 eggs with spinach

1 Trader Joes Chicken Sausage

about 1/4-1/3 cup of Trader Joes Salsa Style Refried Beans

Coffee (now with just some cinnamon, and maybe if that a tablespoon of unsweetened almond milk)

Lunch

Baby Greens Salad with Cucumbers & 1/2 an Avocado

Vinegar and Oil Dressing

1 Trader Joes Chicken Sausage

about 1/4-1/3 cup of Trader Joes Salsa Style Refried Beans

Dinner

Either Steak, Chicken, or Shrimp or chick sausage either grilled or baked

Zucchini, or asparagus, or Spinach, or salad (like the one at lunch)

1/4-1/3 cup of Trader Joes Salsa Style Refried Beans

No almond butter, or nuts, or snacks really I only eat these meals. I do not cheat... at all.

Any help would be great!

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You need to connect with Jake on this forum. Her progress chart and results are an inspiration. Many stalls and gains, but the end results are amazing. Check her out!

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when you say you do not cheat, does this also mean you do not have cheat days or cheat meals?

just wondering

  • lalasf commented May 18th 2012:

    Both, I skipped cheat day 2 times back to back. I'm assuming that might be part of my problem? I don't cheat with tastes of things, etc

  • hyperzx commented May 19th 2012:

    Maybe try a cheat meal instead of a cheat day. You could test out not eating wheat on the cheat day (some argue that this is the cause of the sick feeling the day after). Try fruits, cheese, and milk that day.

    I am surprised that skipping cheat days did not help you because I was thinking about doing this myself. I guess cheat days may be important after all. Let's hope this could help you, keep up the good work!!

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Dude, congrats on the 40lbs. Your diet is awesome. Are you exercising at all?

Dont be concerned about the numbers from 10 day period. I can tell you I have lost 34 pounds since 2012. Was stuck in the 180's, I have video of myself a month a part to track my fitness, I thought I was in a plateau, but my body totally changed while my weight really only shifted a couple pounds. I think the weight loss is bound to slow down a little bit, but progress will be made in other areas, have no fear! I broke into 170s now and seem to be moving at a good pace.

Keep up the good work.

  • lalasf commented May 18th 2012:

    Thank you! I've been measuring myself and it was just a little sad to see how little I decreased this month, literally nothing in my stomach, and only an inch off in chest and hips. I'll stick with it and hopefully it picks up. I should also mention, I did skip 2 cheat days in a row. I just feel so icky after it -- but I guess I should do it again.

    As far as exercise I pseudo-jog (half jog half walk) 2-3 times a week, and I just bought a kettlebell and resistance bands 2 days ago so I will start doing that when I receive them early next week.

    Thanks again!

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You might try upping the protein content of your breakfasts. In my case, I found that increasing the protein of breakfast and dramatically increasing my water intake helped me to break out of a slump recently. Just for the sake of comparison, I'm about 5'8" and have been going down from 208. I'm now at about 183. Our overall frame is probably not too dissimilar, and I eat no fewer than 5 eggs every morning for breakfast, plus bacon. This huge protein load in the morning seems to push my body towards fat loss.

I should mention that my slump lasted weeks and weeks and the two things that really seemed to help push me out of it were a change in vegetable intake (from raw spinach to a cup or more of broccoli per meal) and water intake (from a few glasses a day to not less than 3.5 to 4 liters per day).

Still, 40 lbs. in 4 months is awesome work. I'm sure you'll break the stall if you stick with it.

  • Rocky commented May 19th 2012:

    Excellent advice chris! I agree, higher protein intake at breakfast may help. Keep in mind that it doesn't have to be just eggs - you can have leftover shredded chicken, or I have 1/4 lb of steak tips; I know they're not 'normal' breakfast foods, but this isn't a normal way of eating either ;)

    Also, I would be wary of sausages, all of them I've seen have had hidden sugars or other ingredients that I have no idea what they are - bacon also falls into this category.

    Water intake is vastly important, not less than 3 liters a day; I probably have 8-10 liters a day on non-cheat days.

    Most importantly, HAVE YOUR CHEAT DAY! Even if it's one meal. You need this to re-set your body chemistry.

    And I agree with Chris AGAIN, 40 lbs in 4 months is no joke, what a transformation

  • lalasf commented Jun 12th 2012:

    Thank you so much for the positive feedback!

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Congratulations on your results so far that's awesome, keep it up. You could try tweaking the diet cut out the chicken sausage (maybe chicken, beef). Try using fresh dry black beans, or lentils instead of canned refried beans.

  • lalasf commented May 18th 2012:

    Thank you! That's sad news, its so easy to cook up chick sausage and is tasty :( I have been wanting to try to make my own beans, so it might be a good kick to try.

  • cmox commented May 18th 2012:

    Keep it up!!! Track, Test and Tweak it!!!!

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