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IF fatloss stalled..

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 02, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Hey guys, Ive been doing IF (20/4) for a couple weeks now, during the first week, I lost about 5 pounds! But for some reason, for the last week or so my weight has been creeping up, but I seem to be losing fat. I do weight training 4x a week with brisk walks for cardio. For food, I normally eat a protein shake, a couple chicken breasts, some carniferous vegetables, fruit, eggs and a couple glasses of almond milk.

What am I doing wrong, and how can I speed up fatloss?

(17, ~160 pounds looking to lean out)

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on August 09, 2012
at 02:21 AM

I just chuckled to myself thinking about a piece of cauliflower munching on a turkey leg.

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:09 AM

@Bill. And you think that's a calorie deficit? Frankly it seems like he isn't eating enough fat. It's not always about calories, it's also the quality of food your eating too.

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on August 02, 2012
at 11:24 PM

its always the same simple thing, too many calories in, not enough out

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on August 02, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Wisper's on the money here. You say your weight is creeping up but you're losing fat. Sounds like everything is going to plan. Do you want to be skinny or lean. There's a difference. I wouldn't change anything for a month and see what happens. Take a photo now, take a photo in a month. Don't weigh yourself for a month. If you're as strict as you say you are I think you will be pleasantly surprised. And don't be afraid of grass fed red meats. Better than chicken in my opinion.

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on August 02, 2012
at 10:50 PM

Don't pay attention only to the scale. Take pictures. If you're not losing fat, you're eating/drinking too much. Question though: If you're only 17 and 160 pounds... perhaps a caloric deficit is unwise? How tall are you? (so I can get a gage for the situation)

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on August 02, 2012
at 10:02 PM

Don't look at the scale, it's a pretty inaccurate way to measure progress. Look at the mirror and rely on body measurements (fat caliper, waist, hip, chest, thighs).

Also, what you lose in the beginning of a diet is water weight. You can expect to lose about 0.3 to 0.5kg per week in the medium-long term.

Weight training is great for weight loss. The added cardio probably has little or no benefit, and might hinder your progress since it can mess up your recovery from lifting weights while on calorie deficit.

You probably mean cruciferous vegetables ;) I haven't had almond milk, but I'd imagine it's pretty damn calorie dense, like nuts are in general. Do you count your calories and weigh your food? Diet is the most important part in losing fat - you can do everything right at the gym and rest enough, but if your diet is off you won't progress.

Finally, it's not a stall unless it lasts for more than 2-4 weeks.

Bd5f68adc20a1eef51aebe7ee0e619ae

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on August 02, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Wisper's on the money here. You say your weight is creeping up but you're losing fat. Sounds like everything is going to plan. Do you want to be skinny or lean. There's a difference. I wouldn't change anything for a month and see what happens. Take a photo now, take a photo in a month. Don't weigh yourself for a month. If you're as strict as you say you are I think you will be pleasantly surprised. And don't be afraid of grass fed red meats. Better than chicken in my opinion.

29c63878404bcb11a961c8cb13899304

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on August 09, 2012
at 02:21 AM

I just chuckled to myself thinking about a piece of cauliflower munching on a turkey leg.

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on August 08, 2012
at 05:00 PM

you are gaining muscle and losing fat. keep doing it. take measurements. this way you can see if you are actually getting bigger, smaller or staying the same. use fat calipers to get your body fat percentage. the number on the scale does not tell you if you are losing fat. it tells you how much you weigh. when i started eating right and weightlifting i lost about 2 clothing sizes and hardly lost a pound. exchanging muscle for fat. if you know whether you are actually losing fat, you can decide whether YOUR diet is working for YOU.

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