New Here-My weight loss plan doesn't seem to be working-I need help!

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    Aug 18, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    Hey everybody, I've been lurk on here for quite a while but decided to make an account so I can ask some questions about fitness. I apologize in advance if this post is super long but I'd really appreciate if I could get some feedback!

    A little about me: I'm 20 years old, around 6'3 and have been exercising and trying to eat right for about 2 weeks now. I would say I'm mostly skinny but with a gut that I can hide in my clothes but I know its there. Two weeks ago my weight fluctuated between 205-210 lbs (I'm sure very little of that was muscle) and in the first week I managed to get it down to between 200-205ish. I was feeling pretty good about that but then this second week I've finished the scale has barely budged at all. Now of course I'm not expecting to lose 5 lbs a week-that's foolish-but I figured that it should have gone down at least 2 more pounds and brought me down below the 200 lbs threshold even if only slightly.

    What concerns me more though is last summer I managed successfully to lose weight and in a month and a half I managed to go from 210 lbs to 185. I don't think I took any extreme measures but for some reason the weight was just melting off and I was really happy. Unfortunately when the school year hit again I got really stressed out with my courses and I started eating unhealthily again and stopped working out and over the course of the year I put on all the weight again =/.

    So this summer I've trying hard to replicate the success I had last summer but my body doesn't seem to be reacting as well as it did last time and the thing is I don't think I'm doing anything too different. I don't remember exactly what I did last summer but I'm pretty sure I'm am in the same balll park.


    For more details a typical day for me is like this:

    EXERCISE

    My exercise consists I'd say mostly (85% running) and like 15% weight lifting, push ups, sit ups, etc. First week of running I did 2-3 miles every other day but this week I've managed to make it up to 5 miles almost every day. Mostly I run outside where I also run up a lot of steep hills but sometimes I run on the treadmill and when I do that I just run with no incline. A typical run for me lasts 45-50 minutes.
    I've never been much of a weight lifter and truthfully I hate doing it so I admit I'm probably slacking off a bit in this department. But in my room I have a set of 25 lb dumbbells that I try to do a few different exercises with (always 3 sets of 12-15 reps). And on occasion I've used the machines at the gym.

    FOOD:

    Breakfast: 6 egg whites, 2 pieces of whole wheat toast, glass of 2% milk, some strawberries and/or grapes

    Snack: Maybe an apple or banana

    Lunch: Bowl of oatmeal or maybe some Raisin Bran cereal (two servings worth). This changes a lot though. Like today I had a turkey sandwhich

    Snack: Spoonfull of peanutbutter or some cashews, pickles sometimes or another piece of fruit.

    Dinner: Varies a lot but I try to keep it healthy. Sometimes it's fish like salmon, other days its been grilled chicken and/or salad with light dressing. The other night I had Japanese Udon (not the instant kind but served at a restaurant-I know the instant can have a shit ton of salt and preservatives).

    Later night snack: Maybe some more peanut butter (just one spoonful) or a yogurt or more pickles or a handful of nuts. Something small usually.

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    So this has been my life for the past two weeks. If you have any suggestions at all I'd love to hear it. Again my goal at the moment is to just lose fat/pounds and not necessarily to bulk up or anything. Thank you guys so much! I'm always so envious of the bodies I see on here.


    PS (Only read if you don't mind slightly gross topics)
    -Since I started trying to be more healthy I haven't been pooping as regularly as I used to and when I do go its often very little compared to what it used to be. Is this normal?

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    Aug 19, 2011 4:39 AM GMT
    Anyone?
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    Aug 19, 2011 10:48 AM GMT
    Speaking only from experience and not from any kind of formal qualification:

    1) Weight loss is unpredictable, especially when you take into account your body's daily fluctuations. You have to look at a longer term sample to really get a sense of whether you are losing weight.

    2) Weight training will be important to creating long term weight loss. You will create more lean muscle mass only by weight training. That lean mass consumes more calories at rest, which helps you lose more fat. To really gain muscle, you need to train your full body and to challenge it. There are lots of programs around--even on this site, but you should find one that engages you at least 3 days a week and in which you can challenge yourself each time you train,

    3) I found that calorie counting helped me understand just where calories were coming from and to make better choices. I use an app on my phone to investigate and record. Just a quick look at the food you list suggests you are heavy on starches and might do better to include more protein.

    Good luck.