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  • #16
    doing crossfit 6xweek at only 1200 cals isn't enough food and is likely causing you to release cortisol and hold fat.

    back off the high-intensity exercise.

    what do typically you eat?
    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by peril View Post
      How much protein do you eat? Too little and your metabolism down regulates so you don't burn the fat
      I get around 100grams a day, usually with some fish with breakfast (salmon, kippers, sardines or cod), and chicken/beef/goat/lamb for lunch and dinner.

      Also crossfit up to 6 times per week is too much stress. Limit yourself to 3 times per week and do gentle cardio (moving slowly) the other days
      its typically more like 4-5 times a week. 6 is a rarity, although I'd like to. Life gets in the way!

      How much sleep to you get? Another source of stress if too little
      Generally get 8-9 hours a night.

      If you aren't hungry, I would add carbs to your meals or snacks--like potatoes, rice or fruit--to increase your hunger so you will eat enough. This isn't a huge project... if you ate two fruit snacks a day at 100/cal each that increased your sugar instability enough to eat 150 extra calories at each meal, bam, 650 calories total, might get you there.
      But won't that whack the carbs out of balance? Or is that not an issue?

      Share your typical day/week of food.
      Bit of a guesstimate but this is about what I eat, bearing in mind that snacks and what not differ day to day.

      BREAKFAST > 2 poached eggs, 1/2 can of kippered herrings, kale sauteed in 10g butter
      LUNCH> 1/2 chicken breast & salad or roast vegetables, olive oil dressing (about a tbsp).
      DINNER > steak with roast cauliflower, steamed brocolli, roast carrots.
      SNACK > coffee with 15ml milk, medjool date(s).

      Thats a pretty basic version of what happens most days.
      Starting waist measurement: 36". Current 35". First Goal 33".
      Starting backsquat: 50lbs. Current squat: 132lbs.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by zoeamy View Post
        But won't that whack the carbs out of balance? Or is that not an issue?
        You aren't hungry enough to eat enough food for your body- your carbs ARE out of whack.

        Look at replacing those low-carb, high-fiber veggies with veggies with more calories- sweet potatoes, avocado, etc. Some people in these parts are opposed to nuts, but even a serving of nuts a day would get some more calories in there.

        I have been focusing on bringing food up, but other people make good points about bringing activity down. Right now there is just too much of a gap between fuel and output.
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        • #19
          ok. I'll check back in later with what I ate today
          Starting waist measurement: 36". Current 35". First Goal 33".
          Starting backsquat: 50lbs. Current squat: 132lbs.

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          • #20
            I don't agree with not eating enough. It's not popular around here, but if you're not losing weight at about 1200 calories per day, I would see a doctor. Before you buy into the whole eat more fat thing, make sure you have a healthily functioning thyroid.

            Being overweight might be your fault, but it also might not be your fault. It's totally worth it to find out if your thyroid is functioning properly. Diet is a good way to improve health, but like anything else (except unicorns), it's not magic.
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            • #21
              I'd lose those non-starchy veggies and replace them with potatoes, white rice, rice pasta, bananas, plantains, oranges, watermelon, etc. do you like sushi? That would be a great post-CF meal. Your diet looks Paleo picture perfect, but it's low in energy and nutrients for your height/weight and activity level. Try adding more of everything and increasing fruit and starches. I'd also suggest calorie cycling; dont have to eat the same amount every day.

              I also agree with getting your hormones checked out. You should be losing weight on 1200/day, but things can get messed up along the way, especially with such a low carb intake and vigorous workouts.
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              • #22
                Originally posted by zoeamy View Post
                I do crossfit 3-6 times a week.

                Generally aim for 1200-1500 calories per day, and less than 100 grams of carbs.
                There's your answer. You can't Crossfit and stay below 100g/day of carbs and expect to lose weight. Especially not 6 WODs a week! You'll eventually crash and burn, and won't be any slimmer for your efforts.
                I'd limit the Crossfit to 3 WODs a week max, and stay in that primal sweet spot of 100-150g carbs daily. Add some long walks, gentle yoga, bike rides, or sprints to the days in between if you feel the need to move. Try getting your carbs from starchy veg rather than fruit, though some fruit can help you stay sane.
                I'm only saying this from personal experience. My first run with CF ended badly 9 months later, when I was needing 5-7 days to recover and couldn't even walk most of those. I now eat more in the 90-130g range, staying higher on workout days and the day after, and only going twice a week. Good luck, I hope this helps.
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                • #23
                  My 5 year old takes in more calories then you. You are destroying your metabolism and it's crawling like a turtle.. Soon u you will be eating 800 calories a day with 2 hours of cardio to maintain your obese weight.. You need to slowly start adding calories and reverse the metabolic adaptation your body has succumbed to..

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                  • #24
                    Everyone is focussing on eating enough/not enough calories. That's not what I thought of first.

                    Calories may be the most important 'nutrient' we need, but it's far from the only one. OP, is it possible that you're missing out on some vitamins and minerals you need?
                    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                    Griff's cholesterol primer
                    5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
                    Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
                    TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
                      Everyone is focussing on eating enough/not enough calories. That's not what I thought of first.

                      Calories may be the most important 'nutrient' we need, but it's far from the only one. OP, is it possible that you're missing out on some vitamins and minerals you need?
                      I take a multi vitamin and a thyroid supplement. Any other vitamins and minerals I should be concerned about?
                      Starting waist measurement: 36". Current 35". First Goal 33".
                      Starting backsquat: 50lbs. Current squat: 132lbs.

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                      • #26
                        Go google layne norton metabolic shutdown.. Talks specifically about your problem.

                        My wife had it, she was down to 800 cals a day and working out 5 days a week with extensive cardio.. I slowly upped her cals to 1500 gave her a break from cardio and now a year later is down 40lbs and rock solid. She toggles her calories now .. Workout days are higher carbs and cals and non workout days are lower carb lower calories.. Working very well.

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                        • #27
                          Your starting backsquat was 50 lb and you are now on 132 lbs. So you have become almost 3 times as strong, this extra muscle will account for quite a lot of your weight surely? The question is, how do you look - is that different? If you were to compare body fat alone, rather than overall weight, has it gone down?

                          Also - what type of stuff are you doing in crossfit? The best way for most people to lose weight (or rather, burn fat) is walking every day.

                          Agreed that you should check your thyroid.
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by zoeamy View Post
                            I take a multi vitamin and a thyroid supplement. Any other vitamins and minerals I should be concerned about?
                            What is the thyroid supplement and do you have a established/treated thyroid problem?

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                            • #29
                              Check free t3 and t4, reverse t3 etc.. You need a good doc to check more then tsh and the basics.. Get on a thyroid board and see what to specifically ask for .

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by zoeamy View Post
                                I take a multi vitamin and a thyroid supplement. Any other vitamins and minerals I should be concerned about?
                                How much organ meat do you eat?

                                Multivitamins can vary in quality (they are one of the 'health' things that can increase all cause mortality, likely due to an imbalance/excess of Vitamin A). And what type of thyroid supplement do you take? Iodine and Selenium are both good for you, as is some level of carbs. That's what I 'supplement' with.

                                p.s. I definitely agree that threre are better measures of health than just weight. While you probably do have excess fat given the height/weight you posted, focussing just on weight means that you will be subtly disincentivised to build muscles.

                                Try focussing on waist size or hip/waist ratio instead....
                                Last edited by magicmerl; 07-09-2013, 05:23 PM.
                                Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                                Griff's cholesterol primer
                                5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
                                Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
                                TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
                                bloodorchid is always right

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