What am I doing wrong?

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    Jul 23, 2013 12:08 AM GMT
    I've been stuck in the 179-183 range for 2 months now. My goal remains to reach down to 170 (I think my ideal weight is between 165-175, but will decide what to do when I reach 170).

    I swim/run/play tennis 3 times a week, and I work out 3 times a week.

    Even though my weight is not decreasing, I know for a fact that I am gaining muscle, and therefore must be losing fat. Ever since I increased my protein intake from 80g daily to 130g daily a month ago, I have noticed that I am getting much stronger, as evinced by gym progress. Visibly, I can see that my chest, shoulders, triceps, and forearms are much stronger. My caloric intake is now roughly 40% carbs, 29% protein, and 31% fat. I eat roughly 2000 calories per day.

    Nevertheless, I'm unsure about the long-term viability of the strategy I've found myself in. Even though I'm wide framed, and therefore will be heavier than many of my 5'10 peers, I don't think I'll ever look the way I want by staying 180. 170-175 would be much better. I do like the fact that I'm gaining muscle, though.

    Is there anything I'm doing wrong? Is there anything I should change?

    Thanks!

  • Kwokpot

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    Jul 23, 2013 3:09 AM GMT
    Are you taking Protein Shakes> If so, there's your answer.
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    Jul 23, 2013 3:52 AM GMT
    Cut out all man made food and you will get lean without cardio exercise.

  • Jul 23, 2013 5:12 AM GMT
    If you're gaining muscle your weight may not decrease.
    Muscle tissue is denser than fat, therefore weighs more.
    Your ratio of muscle to fat has probably changed.
    It's better to go by visual critiquing and put less emphasis
    on how much the scale reads.
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    Jul 23, 2013 7:27 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidCut out all man made food and you will get lean without cardio exercise.

    I'd suggest this too. Overprocecessed food = fat, unless you burn it all off. Carbs during the day only an if you still can't shake it, skip dinner ~do have a protein shake after workout though. Try going vegan too, amazing lean muscle results. There's a range in the US, myvega.com
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    Jul 23, 2013 11:14 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I don't eat a lot of processed foods. I eat peanut butter every day. Every few days, I'll have a Nestle "Milky Bar" as a treat, which I've taken a liking to because it has protein and fat in it, so it's not just carbs, and it's only 137 calories. But, apart from those two things, I don't eat processed foods.

    My diet more or less consists of:
    Breakfast) wheat bread, jam, peanut butter, ham, banana
    Lunch) chicken, grapes, mayonaise/yogurt spread, wheat bread bun OR salmon broccoli stir fry
    Dinner) chicken peanut butter and broccoli stir fry, OR salmon and broccoli stir fry, OR a chicken and bacon sandwich with lettuce and tomato

    On workout days, I have protein powder before and after I work out. My protein powder has 1g of Creatine in it per serving. I also began taking CLA 1000 this week, but it seems to be making my heart feel weak, so I may stop.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 24, 2013 9:47 AM GMT
    KJSharp saidHey guys,

    I don't eat a lot of processed foods. I eat peanut butter every day. Every few days, I'll have a Nestle "Milky Bar" as a treat, which I've taken a liking to because it has protein and fat in it, so it's not just carbs, and it's only 137 calories. But, apart from those two things, I don't eat processed foods.

    My diet more or less consists of:
    Breakfast) wheat bread, jam, peanut butter, ham, banana
    Lunch) chicken, grapes, mayonaise/yogurt spread, wheat bread bun OR salmon broccoli stir fry
    Dinner) chicken peanut butter and broccoli stir fry, OR salmon and broccoli stir fry, OR a chicken and bacon sandwich with lettuce and tomato

    On workout days, I have protein powder before and after I work out. My protein powder has 1g of Creatine in it per serving. I also began taking CLA 1000 this week, but it seems to be making my heart feel weak, so I may stop.

    why all the peanut butter?
    Be patient. 2 months is not long at all!
    In time if you don't lose increase cardio. If thet doesn't work see a DR. not an RJericon_idea.gif
    Some men have slower or faster metabolisms. Is your thyroid normal? Not just your T3 and T4. Only a good endocrinologist can tell.
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    Jul 25, 2013 12:06 AM GMT
    I'll give it some time, and will have less peanut butter. Cuts down on the calories at dinner, anyway. My thinking behind the peanut butter was that it was a way to get fats and thereby force me to reduce my carbs.

    I'll try to be patient! Thank you for input.

    It is true that I may have an abnormally slow thyroid. I may go see a doctor when I'm back in the States about it. In the past, I've tried to not worry too much about a slow metabolism, instead trying to focus on things I can control. But, I do think it would be worth a visit, you're right.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 25, 2013 4:59 PM GMT
    KJSharp saidI'll give it some time, and will have less peanut butter. Cuts down on the calories at dinner, anyway. My thinking behind the peanut butter was that it was a way to get fats and thereby force me to reduce my carbs.

    I'll try to be patient! Thank you for input.

    It is true that I may have an abnormally slow thyroid. I may go see a doctor when I'm back in the States about it. In the past, I've tried to not worry too much about a slow metabolism, instead trying to focus on things I can control. But, I do think it would be worth a visit, you're right.

    Plus...you're a handsome guy and don't feel you have to be body perfect in such a short time. Be kind to yourself. Slow and steady wins the race.icon_idea.gif