I know I have to be patient... But my weight hasn't shifted all week!!! What am I doing wrong?

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    Jun 20, 2011 6:17 AM GMT
    Okay, so start of the week I was 63.5

    One week later I am 63.5!

    I'm eating around 2000 calories a day. One or two of those days I did eat over. But went for big walks the next day! Um... I've worked almost every day and it's an active job... I really need to keep seeing progress or I'll loose motivation! And I've come so far! What else can I do?

    I want my stomach to look like this! Of course I wanna work towards better defined pecs though...

    http://www.realjock.com/fullphoto/737272

    It's only been a month I'll admit. And I was 70 kilos and so far I've lost 7... But when I don't anything for a week I get really upset... I sometimes cheat, but I'm always concience of what goes into my mouth. And I never go over 2000 calories unless it's on a day I go out...
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    Jun 20, 2011 6:20 AM GMT
    Cut it down to 1500 and see how your energy levels are?
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    Jun 20, 2011 6:27 AM GMT
    adam228 saidCut it down to 1500 and see how your energy levels are?


    I really can't cut it any lower. Already struggling with hunger. At work I'm so hungry I feel weak. I'm having wheatbicks for brekky with skim milk. Eggs on wholegrain toast. chicken breat omlette somewhere in the middle and a seared salad for dinner... and I'll have like a 100 calorie snack somewhere in between.
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    Jun 20, 2011 6:27 AM GMT
    I thought if I just ate healthy I'd get a slim tummy... Apparently not icon_neutral.gif I'm so close to my goal! grrr!
  • Webster666

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    Jun 20, 2011 7:11 AM GMT
    The calories are not the problem unless you're eating a lot of crap.
    Don't starve yourself.
    More anaerobic (weight lifting) exercise will make a big difference.
    Keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat.
    So, THROW AWAY THE SCALES.
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    Jun 20, 2011 7:32 AM GMT
    cold said[butterfield diet]
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    Jun 20, 2011 7:34 AM GMT
    Kristoff saidI thought if I just ate healthy I'd get a slim tummy... Apparently not icon_neutral.gif I'm so close to my goal! grrr!
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    Jun 20, 2011 7:35 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidThe calories are not the problem unless you're eating a lot of crap.
    Don't starve yourself.
    More anaerobic (weight lifting) exercise will make a big difference.
    Keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat.
    So, THROW AWAY THE SCALES.


    But all I want is a tight stomach icon_sad.gif I don't want muscles! And I have no idea how to eat for working out... or how to work out with no gym because i dont have one... Im happy with my build... Just not with my handles of love!
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    Jun 20, 2011 12:38 PM GMT
    Sorry bud but you are on the threshold of 1800 calories being too much. Check out : http://www.realjock.com/nutrition/1037

    Sorry to burst your bubble but if you want to look like an adonis you need to eat and exercise like one icon_smile.gif Some people just don't have the genetics to be that lean. (without LOTS of hard work and sacrafice)

    On the flip-side kudos for loosing the weight and getting back into a healthy BMI! Now you might be best concentrating on lowering your body fat rather than 'loosing weight'.
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    Jun 20, 2011 1:05 PM GMT
    First of all, you cannot be concerned with your weight because if you're gaining muscle as you're losing fat, your weight can actually INCREASE as your waist is slimming down. Especially considering that muscle weighs more than fat.

    Secondly, you made no mention what your workout routine is other than taking a long walk one day. If you're not exercising, you won't trim down as fast.

    Are you getting any healthy fats in your diet? Consuming fat will actually cause your body to release more fat. If you're not already taking any, consider taking some flax seed oil or krill oil.

    How much sugar are you consuming? Pasta? Bread? Are you doing desserts?

    You're a little guy to begin with, so your portions need to be smaller than most people's. Put your dinner plates away and start eating off of a saucer instead. This will keep your portions appropriate to your body size. Don't eat out. If you do eat out, ask them to bring a to-go box WHEN THEY BRING YOUR FOOD. Before you eat a bite, put 2/3's of the meal in the go box and eat what's left on your plate. You now have two more meals for later.

    In short, we really need more information about what you're eating and your workouts to help you much more.
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    Jun 20, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    It's totally normal to go a few weeks without seeing progress.
    When that happens (which is often), I call it the calm before the storm.
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    Jun 20, 2011 1:31 PM GMT
    And it isn't WEIGHT that matters, but rather, waist size vs. chest size.

    Build up your chest and arms and back, and with cautious eating (avoiding junk carbs, excess of alcohol, etc.) and the waist will slim itself.

    Hang in there, and be patient as well (expecting results too soon WILL discourage you).
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    Jun 20, 2011 1:33 PM GMT
    Okay. This is the food I restrict myself too.

    can chicken breast with two eggs made into an omlette.

    two eggs on wholemeal grain toast with a dash of ketchup.

    mandarins are the only fruit i eat but i eat up to 4-6 a day

    brown fried rice with mushroom, broccoli, chicken can breast, carrot and whatevers healthy.

    can chicken breast with a bowl of unfrozen vegies.

    i've recently started eating almonds

    diet no fat vanilla nestle yogurt. 56 calories per serivng of 150g

    seared mcdonalds chicken, two pieces at a time

    seared ceasar salad (300 calories)

    A cone, it's my treat. only 150 calories.

    wholemeal grain toast with a serving of margaine and a serving of vegimite.

    Sometimes ill have wheatbicks with skim milk for breakfast.

    So that's all I really eat... I only eat what i've listed here really. And I work at mcdonalds. so thats why i order the seared salads n stuff.

    Ummm. I don't workout. I don't have a gym where I live and I don't have the money for it anyways n I don't know how to build muscle, what to eat or how reps n stuff work to build muscle. So I'll go to walk n sometimes go for a jog at night.... That's about all... Hmmmm. decphier the rest for me lol?
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    Jun 20, 2011 1:45 PM GMT
    alphatrigger saidAnd it isn't WEIGHT that matters, but rather, waist size vs. chest size.

    Build up your chest and arms and back, and with cautious eating (avoiding junk carbs, excess of alcohol, etc.) and the waist will slim itself.

    Hang in there, and be patient as well (expecting results too soon WILL discourage you).


    How can I calculate my Body fat percentage then? Or waist percentage or whatever lol.
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    Jun 20, 2011 1:47 PM GMT
    Bodyweight exercises.

    Pushups, pullups, dips are a good start. Dips can be improvised with a set of kitchen chairs (be sure to counter-weight them with something around 15-20kg to keep them from tipping out away from you when you are dipping).

    A pullup-bar can be had from (I'm guessing at a Tesco's or a Safeway in Australia? or whatever the AUS equivalent of a Walmart for about $30, though I'd avoid that "Iron Fitness" brand as it is complete rubbish, and order the PSX-90 pullup bar.

    Decline Pushups can be done with your feet posted on a (sturdy) coffee table top or bedstead, or for a greater challenge, elevate your feet higher.

    Farmer Walks with a pair of 5 gallon (20 liter?) buckets filled with water or sand.

    Doing squats with those same buckets to build up the glutes (which are the largest muscle group in the body) - build those babies up, you'll get a lot of eyes on your tush, as well as burn gobs more calories by increasing your basal metabolic rate.

    Locate a very large truck tyre, or some other object that is likely to weigh around 80kg - 120kg and secure a chain or a rope around it, and drag it for about 50m every few days...

    These are just a start. ;)

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    Jun 20, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    Electro-conductive devices, you can get them seperately but the ones built into bathroom scales are pretty affordable.
    They send a electical pulse through the body that travels through body fat but the quantity of body fat add resistance, the signal strength that does make it back to the detector can determine percentage through weight.

    No recommended if you have a heart condition.
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    Jun 20, 2011 2:02 PM GMT
    Kristoff said
    alphatrigger saidAnd it isn't WEIGHT that matters, but rather, waist size vs. chest size.

    Build up your chest and arms and back, and with cautious eating (avoiding junk carbs, excess of alcohol, etc.) and the waist will slim itself.

    Hang in there, and be patient as well (expecting results too soon WILL discourage you).


    How can I calculate my Body fat percentage then? Or waist percentage or whatever lol.


    Get shirtless first, and in front of a mirror.

    What I do is measure the waist with a fabric tape, laying it over the navel, parallel to the floor, snugging it but without making it so tight that it creates a "muffin top"; you want it to be just a wee bit shy of dropping off your waist with your gut relaxed (not ballooned out, nor sucked in).

    Write your number down; now measure your chest by holding the tape again, parallel to the floor, but now crossing over the tops of the middle of your nipples and under your arms.

    Do not breathe in or flex, just relax. It takes a few times to get it right.

    Snug it so that it doesn't cause any excess skin to bulge over the tape, but not so loose that the tape begins to droop.

    Write down the chest figure.

    Now divide the chest figure by the waist figure; you will be striving to get the waist equal to or less than the chest figure; a reasonable proportion is for the waist to be about 0.75 to about 0.85 of the chest measurement.

    So let's say your chest is 100cm, your target waist measure may be around 80cm.

    Set an initial goal of getting it to 0.9 waist-to-chest, and then update your goals as you meet them. icon_smile.gif
  • metatextual

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    Jun 20, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    Don't forget to get the appropriate amount of sleep; your muscles need time to recover and if you don't sleep well you'll end up eating more than you would otherwise.
  • rf_dal

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    Jun 20, 2011 3:27 PM GMT
    Only a week? I've been trying to gain for months and months, lord
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    Jun 20, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    adam228 saidCut it down to 1500 and see how your energy levels are?


    NOOOOO

    Horrible advice. Stop obsessing about overall weight. Tracking body fat is far more realistic (the measurements may not be totally right but you can follow trends) or track waist size. But total weight is NOT a good thing to care about

    DO NOT eat this little. You will starve.
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    Jun 20, 2011 6:22 PM GMT
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    adam228 saidCut it down to 1500 and see how your energy levels are?


    NOOOOO

    Horrible advice. Stop obsessing about overall weight. Tracking body fat is far more realistic (the measurements may not be totally right but you can follow trends) or track waist size. But total weight is NOT a good thing to care about

    DO NOT eat this little. You will starve.


    Okay... That's a good thing... So how do I lose the love handles though?

    Is it bad I'm eating carbs for dinner lol?

    I wish I could just be skinny with what I eat. Grr. I use to be when I was 16. What happened in those two years? I know, I became a bum! I really don't want muscle, well, it's not that I don't want it... I just really don't need it. Like, I don't think any more muscle on my body would be good, i like(d) being twinky. Much more than i would muscley. Slim guys with the tight stomachs and just slightly slightly slightly toned are the bomb!
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    Jun 20, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    Okay, so I'm gonna try eat purely healthy. Around 1800 calories a day. an hours walk with some running... And... Those excersises that guy said. Do i have to worry about reps or whatever they are called? or do I just do a 100 of each or something?
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    Jun 20, 2011 9:36 PM GMT
    I'd start with realistic reps. 4 sets of 12 with a small rest in between. you can always work your way up to more.

    A few other suggestions:

    Hit the local paper (messenger in my case) and call one of the people that advertise personal training. They may have some insight to a local gym you may not know about. Even if you have to do a couple of extra shift's at macca's to pay for it, 'you will see benefit from it'. Even if it's someone local you can talk with.

    Get your BF interested in getting healthy. If you are in a remote are this will help keep you both motivated.

    A couple of extra work shifts could get you one of these babies (useful for inside and outside training) :
    http://suspensiontrainingaustralia.com.au/main/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=1&Itemid=27

    keep up the good fight!
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    Jun 21, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
    cold said


    LMAO @ the food selections of the cheat day. I don't even know what most of those things are.

    @ Kristoff

    You're not gonna burn much fat if you don't have muscle. Maybe it's been said already in previous posts but it's worth reiterating.

  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 28, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
    Hi there,Kristoff,
    Sorry,but you are being impatient,Do regular workouts several times a week(cardio and weight training),eat a healthy,low fat diet,drink plenty of fluid, and sleep well-you`ll lose weight,tone up,build muscle,and look and feel better.
    But remember,an Adonis physique is not the be all of existence!
    Best wishes!