What am I doing wrong???

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    Jun 16, 2007 4:46 AM GMT
    So I gained some weight my first year of college. I'm 6'3'' and used to weigh about 180. After this past year I gained probably 15 to 20 pounds. I've been runnging 3 miles 4 days a week for the past month. Also, I've been doing a good half hour to an hour of medium weights 2 to 3 days a week. I eat extremely healthy foods and not in excess. I know the weight I gained was from being inactive and probably drinking too. I've cut that down substantially. I wonder if my metabolism has really slowed down...I am seeing almost NO results. What am I doing wrong??
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    Jun 16, 2007 11:51 AM GMT
    Tell us a little more about what you're eating and how much you're drinking, please. What's a typical day's worth of food like? How many drinks do you have a day, and what are they? And how much rest do you get a night? Sounds like you've got a decent workout routine in place, so the issue may very well be nutrition and possibly stress/rest issues ...
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    Jun 16, 2007 1:24 PM GMT
    On a typical day, I eat a bowl of cereal like kashi or cheerios, a glass of water etc. Lunch is usually some kind of protein like tuna or chicken and maybe a diet iced tea. Later in the day I'll have a granola bar and dinner is usually the biggest meal for me. I eat alot of chicken with vegetables, or whatever my significant other makes...ie a lean steak. I think it's definately my main caloric intake for the day. Drinking wise, I have a glass of wine maybe 2 nights a week. I must admit that I do not get enough rest. I havn't been sleeping well and it's been throwing me off.
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    Jun 16, 2007 1:24 PM GMT
    just to add on the sleeping...I get maybe a solid 6 hours
  • SkyMiles

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    Jun 16, 2007 11:57 PM GMT
    At your age you could still be growing. A good friend of mine was skinny forever then hit a belated growth spurt at 23 when he was in GRAD school, if you can believe it.

    It sounds like you're doing everything right, so unless you're dramatically increasing % of body fat, I wouldn't worry about what the scale says.
    My admittedly uninformed and ignorant opinion is that you've got a tall frame and you're growing naturally to fill it in.

    Take care,
    --Joe

    ps, you sound tall and healthy. Enjoy it, man!
    Don't worry so much ;)
  • atxclimber

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    Jun 17, 2007 12:40 AM GMT
    Yeah, you say you're 19? That's right around when my metabolism dropped. Track your body fat %, though, not your weight. As Colbert points out, you could just be growing into your frame, so you might be putting on lean mass, which is great, that's a wonderful kind of weight to gain. If your body fat % hasn't gone up, there's no need to worry.

    That said, if you've put on a lot of fat and aren't seeing results with what you describe, I'd recommend using www.fitday.com for a while to really rigorously track your precise calorie intake and expenditure from eating and exercise. Maybe your dinner is such a huge portion that you're taking in more calories than you think. Or maybe you just have to learn what your new resting metabolic rate is and start to adjust to it. It's admittedly unpleasant to adjust to a drop in metabolism, but over time it happens to us all... sigh.

    Plus, as you put on more lean mass by working out, your resting metabolic rate will start to rise again, enabling you to eat more without gaining, so that's a plus.

    Take it easy and be patient and attentive. Good luck!
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    Jun 17, 2007 12:01 PM GMT
    I think that ColbertNation and ATX Climber are absolutely right--you're doing all the right things, and your body's still changing and growing. Only other thing I'd add is to keep track of some measurements--waist, chest, bicep (that's what my trainer is monitoring). Good luck!
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    Jun 17, 2007 4:16 PM GMT
    Hey thanks everyone for all your helpful advice. I really appreciate it.

    In response to SCALLY,,, why don't you just calm down man. All I did was ask for some help. You want respect you have to earn it, and let me tell you, you sound like a god damned prick. If you don't want to give me advice, then keep your f*cking mouth shut. God damned asshole.
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    Jun 17, 2007 7:13 PM GMT
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  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 04, 2007 1:21 AM GMT
    mdk124,you say you`re six foot three and now weight about 200 pounds.Do you regard that as too heavy,you`re trying to lose weight?I`m six foot and weight about 188/190lbs,and I`d call myself moderate,weight/sizewise.To me you sound on the slim side!I doubt your metabolism has slowed if you`ve been doing the cardio exercises;rather the reverse!If you want to lose weight,I suggest you need to calculate your basic calorie needs for daily living,then reduce your intake by,say,200 calories a day.You should then begin to lose weight,about two pound a month.Best wishes!
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    Jul 10, 2007 4:11 PM GMT
    Hi, i'm sorry this is directed toward Scally. the guy was just asking for help, he wasn't lying about who he was or anything, simply came to an online community where EVERYONE is welcome. Please don't turn this site into a place where people can't feel welcome, there shouldnt be attitude, we're all here to better ourselves in mind, body and soul.

    Maybe it is you who should consider what respect is.