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    I cannot seem to get this down. For one, I've been at this lifting for a bit, two months about. I have not noticed any change in my body doing so. I weigh and measure and neither have budged. My husband says he feels a difference, but he us just being supportive, besides the fact he likes me fat. I feel better and am much stronger (which if I had to pick between looking a certain way or being stronger and feeling better it's a no brainier, looks wouldn't win). With that being said :-( I'm kinda upset about it, all I have read says I can have both :-)
    I figure it's my diet, so I started tracking it. I eat under calories, sometimes a full 1000 under. Sometimes not. I should be losing this fat. I am not purposely eating under, I just eat till I get full. It's all the protein I think. Seriously, I'm not even eating the amount of protein that I have calculated is needed, it's way too much food. I thought it was the honey I was having in my morning and afternoon coffee, but cutting it out hasn't made a change. Ideas? Oh, and I know it takes 1 yr for hormones to stabilize after having a baby, but this seems weird to have no change.

  • #2
    If you're getting stronger you're changing.

    If you're starving yourself you won't lose weight very well.

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    • #3
      So your body weigh and your body measurements have not changed?
      And about how overweight are you?
      “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” W. Edwards Deming
      Blogging at http://loafingcactus.com

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      • #4
        I need to lose a good 40 lbs. And when I used the Atkins diet it dropped fast. Now, not at all.
        I'm not starving myself I eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full.
        I am getting much stronger, it's the best feeling I've had (next to having my kids)

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        • #5
          What is the best calculator to use? They all give me different macronutrient numbers so I'm confused.

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          • #6
            That's not how it works. You can manipulate whether you feel hunger or not by your macros and other things. Starving is about the difference between calories in and calories out.

            If you are 40 lbs over a BMI of 20, then 1000 cal/day may be shooting yourself in the foot.

            You didn't answer about weight and measurement so it sounds like maybe you are not getting any measurements? So really you don't know if you are changing??
            “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” W. Edwards Deming
            Blogging at http://loafingcactus.com

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            • #7
              I wrote in the first post that I weigh and measure. (I do this once a week)

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              • #8
                I think the fat and protein keep me full

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                • #9
                  Got it... I was thinking weighing and measuring food.
                  Anyway, I'm out of "is it plugged in" checklist. I'm sure some more helpful people will drop in with more thoughts. :-)
                  “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” W. Edwards Deming
                  Blogging at http://loafingcactus.com

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                  • #10
                    What does that mean? I have considered weighing food, but seems so ... Weird

                    Have you lost weight? What did you do if so?

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                    • #11
                      There's no way to know what you are eating if you don't weigh and measure. You might not have to do it forever, but if you are this stuck, I would absolutely do it.

                      Yes, I have lost (and regained) 100+ pounds twice, I'm on my third go (totally normal for anyone significantly overweight... 99% of us relapse). First time I was 17 so I just quit eating and started running. Second time was about four years ago and I used the ww'er system to track my food and exercise (using a heart rate monitor during exercise). Presently I use straight up calorie counting and a BodyBugg / BodyMedia continual metabolic meter and am down 30 pounds.
                      “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” W. Edwards Deming
                      Blogging at http://loafingcactus.com

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                      • #12
                        Congrats on your weight loss! That's really impressive and inspiring.

                        About calorie counting? How do you get the required protein and maintain low calories? I'm trying to build muscles :-)

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                        • #13
                          Well first of all if you are really 40 lbs overweight you might not be able to see the changes. And regardless you probably won't see too much change in only 2 months. Keep it up though. After 6 months, if you are on a linear progression, the weights will be heavy, your body will be changing and you'll be hungry for sure.
                          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                          • #14
                            This is why I'm sure other people with other areas of experience and knowledge will chime in. When you are very overweight you don't really have to worry about that- you flush out enough protein with the fat loss that the body recycles. In the last couple of years I did triathlons and half-marathons, so I don't think I was having any trouble getting the fitness I needed and I just wasn't worried about protein levels. Right now I'm running at about 50% fat, 15% carbs and 35% protein and 1000 cal/day shortages... but I'm just in a totally different boat.

                            You are in a different situation where tiny changes matter more and like SBhikes pointed out, progress runs on a bit longer timeline.
                            “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” W. Edwards Deming
                            Blogging at http://loafingcactus.com

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                            • #15
                              I thought I was 60 lbs over weight when i started strength training, but realized recently that I was skinny fat. My mom always commenting on my size, an hers. "Anything above a 0 is fat". So I'm thinking 40 lbs and a bunch of muscles
                              :-)

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