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Am I eating enough?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 19, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Hi everyone,

I am currently eating 1800-2000 cals, split between 4 meals per day, weighing in at 320lb. Macros are 68% fat/30% protein/2% carb (<20g of carb per day). I weight train 3 times per week for strength (60-minute sessions), and another 30-minute session for elliptical.

I just want to know if I am eating enough to cut weight cause it has slowed down alot in the last few weeks. I've dropped 30lb initially.

I'm 5'11", male, 26 years old, been overweight my entire life.

Thanks!

8cf3ff123bc4e8fcb3a212804c701d22

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on July 20, 2011
at 02:53 AM

Unfortunately, all of the fitness trainers that I've worked with in the past weren't very good, they've designed fitness programs that I had no interest in doing, and never helped me with my nutrition neither. But again, that was over 10 years ago, things may be alot different now. I would like to thank you on your offer in providing me with your assistance. Don't be surprised if I do send you that e-mail. Cheers!

8cf3ff123bc4e8fcb3a212804c701d22

(95)

on July 20, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Hi Lisa, Thanks for the response. first and foremost, I would like to congratulate you for the weight loss, even if it may have been a while ago. Currently, I perform calorie and carb count. I use my food scale daily so I know exactly (within limits) of what I put into my body. Besides cheese on occasion and the HEAVY cream for my tea and coffee, I don't eat any other dairy products. Besides the Paleo Zone diet that you've mentioned, I've put most of what you suggested in place. I would like to think that there are great fitness trainers out there (not saying that you're a bad one).

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on July 19, 2011
at 09:57 PM

yeah, i hear you. i don't know anything about weight-training... hopefully someone will chime in about that. I'm think there are some formerly obese people around here that didn't exercise at all for the bulk of their weight loss. i'm not saying that as advice, just as a point of interest. Keep on keeping on!

37e38836577987ae0f7592af55928114

(20)

on July 19, 2011
at 09:16 PM

AsianXL.. I understand your concern friend.. Let me tell you, almost no-one is a fan of Cfit.. I can vouch for that.. until they start doing it ofcourse.. Like others have said before me.. Crossfit is SCALABLE.. Made to match your specific concerns and abilities.. Give it a try.. almost every Cfit gym gives you 2-3 free introductory sessions.. If I can go from a 40 inch waist to 30 inches with almost negligible weight loss..in a period of 4 months.. after living a TOTALLY sedentary life.. I'm sure it can work wonders for anyone with your drive and motivation.

8cf3ff123bc4e8fcb3a212804c701d22

(95)

on July 19, 2011
at 08:34 PM

I'm not a fan of Crossfit, especially not at my current weight. I don't want to increase the risk of blowing out my knees.

8cf3ff123bc4e8fcb3a212804c701d22

(95)

on July 19, 2011
at 08:32 PM

Ben -> I get 8+ hrs of sleep per day too. Also, what's MDA's approach? Do you have a link? I would like to take a look, and thanks for the compliment. Would HIIT be a better approach?

8cf3ff123bc4e8fcb3a212804c701d22

(95)

on July 19, 2011
at 08:29 PM

Hi grenadine, thanks for your encouragement and compliments. I was hoping that I could lose a bit more in those 4 weeks, and be as efficient as possible in fat burning. I personally don't think I'm gaining any muscles, cause my resistance training has dipped a bit in the last few weeks or has plateaued. Is this normal?

9dbfedbe21eae2a65093f8774ba8ad4d

(559)

on July 19, 2011
at 07:51 PM

I've had two dramatic weight losses in my life before paleo. In each instance I saw correlation between stress relief and weight loss.

76d0056c773673e24b8c57a685d504ed

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on July 19, 2011
at 07:27 PM

I am new at this as well, and the following website has proven to be a great resource. Here is a link to one of my favorite articles, about carbs mainly but touches on macronutrient proportions depending on your goal. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-succeed-with-the-primal-blueprint/

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 19, 2011
at 07:04 PM

Albert "if you're focus is still dropping weight, cut the fat intake" I understand (correct me if I'm wrong people) that a high fat, VLC intake is best suited to weight loss and Increasing carbs or protein would slow weight loss.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on July 19, 2011
at 06:04 PM

plus, you're prolly gaining some muscle.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on July 19, 2011
at 06:00 PM

I suppose that's pretty relative, matt, but I edited to appease your rude ass.

32937bdb4caf053e7aa39693fadd2282

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on July 19, 2011
at 05:55 PM

dude are you serious? sprinting is a horrible idea when your 320 pounds

37e38836577987ae0f7592af55928114

(20)

on July 19, 2011
at 05:49 PM

I agree it would be tough.. but not impossible.. this fellow paleo believer clearly has the motivation and the drive necessary to bring about change to himself and his lifestyle.. in the end, as a walking advertisement for what crossfit is capable of acheiving, that's all it takes IMHO.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

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on July 19, 2011
at 05:48 PM

If it's a good gym ("good gym" = run by good trainers) the emphasis will be on scalability of the workouts to your specific level of fitness, capacity, flexibility, etc. That said, a lot of walking would be a good thing to incorporate on your non-training days. And if you're focus is still dropping weight, cut the fat intake. Not an expert, but your current ratios look more appropriate for maintenance than weight loss. But definitely don't starve yourself! -- good to see you aren't taking that approach. Good job so far, and good luck!

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on July 19, 2011
at 05:46 PM

Anyone can do crossfit. It's scalable to any level. Although, if weightloss is the goal, and not gaining overal athletic fitness, I wouldn't do CF.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on July 19, 2011
at 05:31 PM

Agree here. Eat properly, and walk a bunch.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on July 19, 2011
at 05:23 PM

5'11 320 might be tough at Crossfit, no?

8cf3ff123bc4e8fcb3a212804c701d22

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on July 19, 2011
at 05:15 PM

Done, I've edited the post.

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on July 19, 2011
at 05:12 PM

Dude c'mon, you didn't mention height or sex, history, etc. How long you been over weight?

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on July 19, 2011
at 05:55 PM

I remember you posting before, so I checked out your previous question and see that on June 24th you posted that you were at 329#, if that's right, and you are 320# now, you've lost 9# in less than 4 weeks. I don't know much about weight loss, and i realize you've got a way to go to reach your goal, but that doesn't seem too shabby to me. Just sayin, in the spirit of encouragement.

I admire your commitment to this, and I think you're doing great! Slow and steady wins the race, right?

8cf3ff123bc4e8fcb3a212804c701d22

(95)

on July 19, 2011
at 08:29 PM

Hi grenadine, thanks for your encouragement and compliments. I was hoping that I could lose a bit more in those 4 weeks, and be as efficient as possible in fat burning. I personally don't think I'm gaining any muscles, cause my resistance training has dipped a bit in the last few weeks or has plateaued. Is this normal?

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on July 19, 2011
at 09:57 PM

yeah, i hear you. i don't know anything about weight-training... hopefully someone will chime in about that. I'm think there are some formerly obese people around here that didn't exercise at all for the bulk of their weight loss. i'm not saying that as advice, just as a point of interest. Keep on keeping on!

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on July 19, 2011
at 06:04 PM

plus, you're prolly gaining some muscle.

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A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on July 19, 2011
at 05:51 PM

30 initial pounds is great! Congrats!

You might examine your stress level and sleep time. Sleep does it for me. I need 8+ hours to see steady fat loss.

Also, it seems like you're over-training. If your goal is weight loss, then eating 1800-2000 kCal a day with regular strength training isn't going to do you any favors. I'd recommend MDA's approach: lift one day, sprint one day (rather, get your heartrate up to a sprinting pace, with whatever exercise), and go long and easy one day.

32937bdb4caf053e7aa39693fadd2282

(547)

on July 19, 2011
at 05:55 PM

dude are you serious? sprinting is a horrible idea when your 320 pounds

8cf3ff123bc4e8fcb3a212804c701d22

(95)

on July 19, 2011
at 08:32 PM

Ben -> I get 8+ hrs of sleep per day too. Also, what's MDA's approach? Do you have a link? I would like to take a look, and thanks for the compliment. Would HIIT be a better approach?

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on July 19, 2011
at 06:00 PM

I suppose that's pretty relative, matt, but I edited to appease your rude ass.

9dbfedbe21eae2a65093f8774ba8ad4d

(559)

on July 19, 2011
at 07:51 PM

I've had two dramatic weight losses in my life before paleo. In each instance I saw correlation between stress relief and weight loss.

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570e436702148218e8ab14e818cf2403

(134)

on July 19, 2011
at 05:46 PM

Not if you have a good coach that will make up scaled workouts for you.That is the job of your trainer is to figure out your goals and to get you there safely and efficiently! I was 250 pounds and lost 135 lbs through crossfit and diet so i know what your going through. If I were you lower pro higher carb slightly through veggies (dont go nuts) Less fats if you go online to the zone diet. com it will show you how many blocks you get per day which takes guess work out of how much to eat because then you go and download he table that gives foods values or easy to look up on line. So I do pale zone so i eat paleo foods in zone portions so takes out the what and the how much guess work mind fuck game. You will have to weigh and measure food but after a month you get used to it. This works for me and i compete in oly lifting and seems to support what i am doing.So if i were you i would look up zone and paleo and try it and see if it works for you. Are you eating dairy I would take that out too. This IS going to take hard work and dedication to see how you can make this work ie; prep and measure foods in bulk or figuring out how to pack lunches. (Bulk bags of chicken and veggie helps if you have costco that helps!)If you ever need anything as far as advise i am a personal trainer as well with level 1 crossfit cert, NFPT group ex, mobility and weightlifting i would be happy to answer any questions you may have! my email is passionatefitnesstrainer4u@gmail.com I encourage you to pick my brain! If I dont talk to you good luck and keep up the good work!Keep us posted!

Lisa Merritt Personal trainer Crossfit Level 1, NFPT, AFAA, Certified in Olympic Weightlifting Certified in movement and Mobility

8cf3ff123bc4e8fcb3a212804c701d22

(95)

on July 20, 2011
at 02:53 AM

Unfortunately, all of the fitness trainers that I've worked with in the past weren't very good, they've designed fitness programs that I had no interest in doing, and never helped me with my nutrition neither. But again, that was over 10 years ago, things may be alot different now. I would like to thank you on your offer in providing me with your assistance. Don't be surprised if I do send you that e-mail. Cheers!

8cf3ff123bc4e8fcb3a212804c701d22

(95)

on July 20, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Hi Lisa, Thanks for the response. first and foremost, I would like to congratulate you for the weight loss, even if it may have been a while ago. Currently, I perform calorie and carb count. I use my food scale daily so I know exactly (within limits) of what I put into my body. Besides cheese on occasion and the HEAVY cream for my tea and coffee, I don't eat any other dairy products. Besides the Paleo Zone diet that you've mentioned, I've put most of what you suggested in place. I would like to think that there are great fitness trainers out there (not saying that you're a bad one).

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37e38836577987ae0f7592af55928114

(20)

on July 19, 2011
at 05:21 PM

Dunno if I'm gonna get flamed for this answer.. but honestly.. I would sincerely suggest you try out Crossfit. Let me rephrase that.. try out Crossfit from a GOOD gym.. not one of the many that seem to have mushroomed up in the recent times. You'll feel stronger and healthier than you've ever felt before.. guarenteed.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 19, 2011
at 07:04 PM

Albert "if you're focus is still dropping weight, cut the fat intake" I understand (correct me if I'm wrong people) that a high fat, VLC intake is best suited to weight loss and Increasing carbs or protein would slow weight loss.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 19, 2011
at 05:23 PM

5'11 320 might be tough at Crossfit, no?

37e38836577987ae0f7592af55928114

(20)

on July 19, 2011
at 09:16 PM

AsianXL.. I understand your concern friend.. Let me tell you, almost no-one is a fan of Cfit.. I can vouch for that.. until they start doing it ofcourse.. Like others have said before me.. Crossfit is SCALABLE.. Made to match your specific concerns and abilities.. Give it a try.. almost every Cfit gym gives you 2-3 free introductory sessions.. If I can go from a 40 inch waist to 30 inches with almost negligible weight loss..in a period of 4 months.. after living a TOTALLY sedentary life.. I'm sure it can work wonders for anyone with your drive and motivation.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on July 19, 2011
at 05:31 PM

Agree here. Eat properly, and walk a bunch.

37e38836577987ae0f7592af55928114

(20)

on July 19, 2011
at 05:49 PM

I agree it would be tough.. but not impossible.. this fellow paleo believer clearly has the motivation and the drive necessary to bring about change to himself and his lifestyle.. in the end, as a walking advertisement for what crossfit is capable of acheiving, that's all it takes IMHO.

8cf3ff123bc4e8fcb3a212804c701d22

(95)

on July 19, 2011
at 08:34 PM

I'm not a fan of Crossfit, especially not at my current weight. I don't want to increase the risk of blowing out my knees.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on July 19, 2011
at 05:48 PM

If it's a good gym ("good gym" = run by good trainers) the emphasis will be on scalability of the workouts to your specific level of fitness, capacity, flexibility, etc. That said, a lot of walking would be a good thing to incorporate on your non-training days. And if you're focus is still dropping weight, cut the fat intake. Not an expert, but your current ratios look more appropriate for maintenance than weight loss. But definitely don't starve yourself! -- good to see you aren't taking that approach. Good job so far, and good luck!

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on July 19, 2011
at 05:46 PM

Anyone can do crossfit. It's scalable to any level. Although, if weightloss is the goal, and not gaining overal athletic fitness, I wouldn't do CF.

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332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

on July 19, 2011
at 06:46 PM

Drop your workouts to ~30 min of weight training per session, 3 X per week. I think you'll see better returns on your investment. Try not to create more than ~1000-500 cal deficit each day or your body can start fighting your efforts to reduce its fat stores.

Congrats on dropping 9 lbs in 4 weeks. Stick to your paleo guns and you should see a lot more melt away right before your eyes.

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