I am ready to kick things up a bit, and take my body out of this plateau-ish happy place that it seems to love. I don't have a lot of weight to lose (which could be the reason for my body wanting to hold on to it) but it seems I just can't break through the last stretch. So here is my plan. Please comment, make suggestions, offer differing advice if need be... I welcome all of it in the hopes of incorporating further ideas and keeping me motivated!
My goal is to lean out (I seem to be skinny-fat at this point). I look great fully-clothed, but I would never dare put on a bikini because of all the flab and lack of tone.
3 days per week will be workout days with IF until noon. Light lunch followed by a workout around 4 pm. Second (post workout) meal will be larger, with lots of carbs and moderate protein/fat.
4 days per week will be non-workout days with IF until noon or longer if I can push it, and meals will be very low carb but more fat.
I am dairy free, keep well hydrated, don't drink coffee (but drink 2-3 teas), and get lots of sleep. I don't eat very much fruit and keep occassional snacks to a maximum of a few nuts with a small piece of dark chocolate.
Any other suggestions to speed things up??
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on March 04, 2012
at 02:18 AM
I have a better plan, IMO! I'm in a similar position with only a few pounds to lose.
Assuming you have been Paleo for awhile & have no health issues, of course!
IF for no more than 14 hours to keep your cortisol down. (I only suggest this for women.)
Drop your dietary fat significantly & eat mostly lean protein & just enough carbs to fuel your activity. Take a krill oil supplement for Omega 3s and get some coconut water to replenish electrolytes. Drink water! This is essentially a protein-sparing modified fast.
You will create a great fat deficit & your body will use your fat stores for extra fuel.
I'm actually doing this right now and it's working beautifully. I'm 49.
If you are already fat-adapted, you will have few symptoms. If not, you may have some carb-flu for a day or so (I had a headache on the 1st 2 days.)
Do this for as many days as you can and then do a high carb day to replenish glycogen stores (if needed.) When you are at your maintenance level, add back dietary fat.
on March 04, 2012
at 02:13 AM
Do you lift weights currently? Obviously I don't know anything about you, but most all "skinny fat" people I know need to add some muscle.
Maybe you aren't eating enough. Then again, I don't know you.
Here is a current picture of me, by the way. I decided to bulk up a bit recently and I'm very pleased with my results: