Down 72 pnds since Nov...now stalling..need workout advice

  • stitch2020

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    Apr 10, 2012 6:42 AM GMT
    In Nov 2011 I peaked at 330lbs... it s ared the $&@! out of me so i started trying to lose weight. Then the best thing to happen was a weight loss challenge at work which really helped my motivation. So since November I have dropped over 70lbs.

    I am down to 258..from a 44/46 waist to a 36/38 and very happy with my progress thus far..Diet has been low carb Atkins

    But I have now stalled..both in motivation and weight loss.

    I want to bulk up..but still shed the extra fat that I am carrying in my stomach and legs. I'm in need of advice on what a good excercise plan would be.


    So far I had been doing 60,ins vigorous cardio then about a half hour of lifting. I've been thinking about shifting more time to lifting. Any advice would be appreciated!
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    Apr 10, 2012 2:13 PM GMT
    Get a weighted body vest and put 70 pounds in it. Walk around with it for a few hours to make you feel like you did when you weighed 330 lbs. If that doesn't motivate you, I don't know what will!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 13, 2012 6:50 AM GMT
    Walking around a lot, cardio, cutting calories, eating around 200-300 calories every 2-3 hours. Strength and resistance training is good. Keep your metabolism active. Idk what your dietary restrictions are with atkins so I won't really comment on what foods to eat. Although I know plenty of healthy foods that will actively help burn calories and fat if you're interested. No excuses, you've already lost over 70 lbs, don't fall back into unhealthy habits. You only live once. Be inspired Ok? Got it?
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    Apr 13, 2012 7:16 AM GMT
    dont get discouraged, your body is adapting to everything youre doing, change it up a bit, keep on the diet!

    everyone plateaus at one point or another, thats when you tweak your exercises to keep your metabolism/body on its toes
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    Apr 13, 2012 9:24 AM GMT
    Congrats! Good luck to you!

    I hired a trainer. That has made the biggest difference for me.

    I hit a plateau right about where you are now. This is going to be tricky with a ketogenic diet like Atkins because - I have lost weight on this before...

    A couple of things I am going to say - not because I'm an expert - but this was just my experience.

    1) On Atkins - make sure you are taking potassium. You will deplete quickly.
    2) Make sure you have bought some of those keto-strips to check your pee to see how high your ketones are - If you go dark red, you aren't burning fat, you are burning muscle.

    The trick with a ketogenic diet is if you fall off the wagon - your body will start craving carbs again - and it will take you about 3 days to go back into ketosis - 3 days of misery.

    However - and this is just my opinion - I think part of your plateau is that your body has adjusted to this routine and your metabolism is running on autopilot. - Believe it or not- I think you need to have like a cheat day - or weekend - or something like that. The only way this will work is if you have the discipline to get back on the wagon.

    I stalled out around the holidays. I wasn't eating bad - in fact, I wasn't cheating at all. Doing that might reset your metabolism and trigger you back into weight loss.

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    Apr 13, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    onaquest saidCongrats! Good luck to you!

    I hired a trainer. That has made the biggest difference for me.

    I hit a plateau right about where you are now. This is going to be tricky with a ketogenic diet like Atkins because - I have lost weight on this before...

    A couple of things I am going to say - not because I'm an expert - but this was just my experience.

    1) On Atkins - make sure you are taking potassium. You will deplete quickly.
    2) Make sure you have bought some of those keto-strips to check your pee to see how high your ketones are - If you go dark red, you aren't burning fat, you are burning muscle.

    The trick with a ketogenic diet is if you fall off the wagon - your body will start craving carbs again - and it will take you about 3 days to go back into ketosis - 3 days of misery.

    However - and this is just my opinion - I think part of your plateau is that your body has adjusted to this routine and your metabolism is running on autopilot. - Believe it or not- I think you need to have like a cheat day - or weekend - or something like that. The only way this will work is if you have the discipline to get back on the wagon.

    I stalled out around the holidays. I wasn't eating bad - in fact, I wasn't cheating at all. Doing that might reset your metabolism and trigger you back into weight loss.



    This is actually very good advice. Cheat days will put your body back in fat burning mode afterward, as long as you go right back to eating healthy.
  • stitch2020

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    Apr 15, 2012 7:07 AM GMT
    Yeah I am looking to hire a personal trainer... Since I am a 24 hr fitness member was considering that three sessions for $99 deal they have to try it out.

    I want to shift my diet off a pure Atkins/low carb diet into something that in the long run is easier to manage and sustain. What I miss the most is eating freah fruit and a wider selection of vegies.
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    Apr 16, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    stitch2020 saidYeah I am looking to hire a personal trainer... Since I am a 24 hr fitness member was considering that three sessions for $99 deal they have to try it out.

    I want to shift my diet off a pure Atkins/low carb diet into something that in the long run is easier to manage and sustain. What I miss the most is eating freah fruit and a wider selection of vegies.


    Yeah I'm not a fan of Atkins really. Cutting out the funamental food group your body runs on seems like a bad idea. I understand why it is suggested, because by eating fat and protein, you are training your body to run on fat. So if you are in a calorie deficit, your body will immediately burn fat. However if you mess up it really throws the diet off track. Plus whole grain foods are really good for you usually. Just eating whole grain food, lean protein, and only drinking water is what worked for me. Also I strongly suggest yogurt, it improves digestion which helps your body absord nutrients and in my experience it also really burns calories. If you eat healthy and exercise you will turn your body into a fat burning dynamo.