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what am I doing wrong?
03-01-2016, 01:04 PM
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what am I doing wrong?
...I started Feb. 2014 at 240 pounds (no lifting. 1200 calories); by Aug I was down to 205. I started lifting a little over a year ago (and gradually increased my calories/protein as I read on this site) and I gained 15 pounds! I honestly have no idea what I'm doing wrong! I've been busting my rear for 2 years...even though I'm freaking strong (last PR was 155 deadlift!) compared to two years ago...the 65 pounds of fat that's still hanging on is driving me crazy.

can anyone give me a hint? Is it because I'm 53 years old?...I've heard it gets harder to lose weight the older you are... but I'm not in/over menopause yet.... UGH! I'm just so frustrated!
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03-01-2016, 10:14 PM
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RE: what am I doing wrong?
First of all, welcome! And great job upping your intake from 1200 and integrating lifting! You are certainly off on the right foot!!

Yes, losing weight becomes more difficult as we age, but it is certainly not impossible. Give us a little bit more history about your intake. Did you do a full reset, and if so for how long and at what level? Give us a bit more history and we will be happy to guide you in the right direction :-)

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03-02-2016, 08:04 AM
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RE: what am I doing wrong?
happy thanks for replying Anitra. I used the calculator on the home page-- I generally lift 3 days/wk for roughly an hour and then 2 days I go for an hour walk or jog; when I'm really frustrated, I do 30-40 minutes of HIIT instead. So the calculator puts that at 'moderate' activity and 2517 TDEE (which, in all honesty, I had a really hard time hitting that number consistently-- I'm just not that hungry! ...and since I spent over a year at 1200 calories, I wasn't sure how long my reset should take...I just winged it for 6-8 weeks to see if it helped--obviously not!) and a 10% cut is 2266...my average is 1900-2000 calories. I eat no sugar/sweets except for the vanilla creamer in my coffee and I drink no soda pop or powdered drink mixes. I make sure I drink 2 quarts of water/day sometimes more depending on the season.

So now that I've typed it out, I guess it does look like I don't eat enough...but I'm rarely hungry. I wasn't all that hungry at 1200 calories either!

thanks again for replying!
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03-02-2016, 10:52 AM
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RE: what am I doing wrong?
LOL, yep, you answered your own question laughing Your intake is most likely still too low, and it sounds as though you might not have gotten a good reset.

If I were you, I would start out by reading (or re-reading) the Metabolism Reset Guide http://eatmore2weighless.com/the-metabol...set-guide/ just to brush up and make sure you understand the entire process. Then I would gradually work my way up to TDEE and plan on staying there for a good 12 weeks or more. I know it sounds like forever, but if you aren't seeing results doing what you are doing now, most likely that is what you will need to do to get things moving again. Once your body has acclimated to eating at TDEE, then when you introduce a 15% cut and add a bit more HIIT type workouts you should see some movement.

As far as not feeling hungry, try to make sure that you are eating nutrient-dense foods. Nothing low calorie, reduced fat, or labeled "diet". Try adding nuts, nut butters, avocados and healthy oils like coconut and olive oils. Those things will really boost your calorie intake without being overly fillling...

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03-02-2016, 11:55 AM (This post was last modified: 03-02-2016 11:56 AM by ispinwool.)
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RE: what am I doing wrong?
Ugh! (again, THANKS SO MUCH for taking the time to reply--I am at my wits end!!)
More calories! who'd have thunk-it!
Thankfully, I'm on the "cook/eat like your great-grandma did" bandwagon. I hate fake food!
I grew up on a farm and we ate real food--I just can't stomach low calorie/diet stuff. happy

Ok...I'll go back, re-read and do a reset. (do you think I did my numbers right in the calculator? Does 2517 seem right?)
oh...and one other thing...which food tracker do you recommend?
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03-02-2016, 12:47 PM (This post was last modified: 03-02-2016 12:50 PM by AnitraSoto.)
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RE: what am I doing wrong?
What are your stats? I know Moderate activity level and 53, but weight and height?

I think most people use My Fitness Pal for calorie tracking....

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03-02-2016, 12:55 PM
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5' 6"
218 pounds
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03-02-2016, 01:39 PM
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Then yep, that 2500 figure sounds like a great starting point. (Remember, the more you weigh the larger your caloric requirements are, so as you start to lose weight you will want to recalculate that figure and you will see it go down over time...) So just figure out where you are and gradually increase to that TDEE number. The slower you take it the more likely you can avoid weight gain along the way (as you will be giving your body time to adapt along the way...) Once you get to TDEE, plan on hanging out there for 12 weeks or so (during which time you should be able to make some serious strength gains!) and then you will be ready to introduce that 15% cut and drop your intake back down to approximately 2100 - 2200.

We are here for guidance along the way should you need it.. Also, feel free to start a journal of your own in the Personal Journals section of these forums. It's a great place to track your progress and chat with others going through the same process. Also, EM2WL has a group on MFP that you can join as well (although I would come here for advice as you never know who might be responding to questions over there...)

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03-02-2016, 01:46 PM
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ok. .....Heeeeere I go!!



I appreciate all of your help! happy
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03-02-2016, 08:08 PM (This post was last modified: 03-02-2016 08:10 PM by AnitraSoto.)
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RE: what am I doing wrong?
Please keep us updated, and make that increase slow.... That should help to minimize any further gains ...

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