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    Question What am I doing wrong?

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    I think that I am doing something wrong with my diet as my weight loss has stalled...Granted, I am only 3 pounds from my target, but my REAL target is to change my body composition I seem to be stalled there as well. I figure that I am not getting enough calories for my activity level (I do that), or getting too many carbs, or too much fat, or some combination of the three.

    I am 5'3, 129 pounds and am 53 years old. I do very high intensity group training at my gym 3 times a week that utilizes a combination of metcon, compound lifting, cardio, and fitness games. I also ride my bike when the weather and my body permits, and also mountain bike or hike. I've lost about as much weight as I currently weigh (very cool, that) via the CW approach.

    I average between 1,500 - 2,000 calories daily. According to Cronometer the past 8 weeks I've averaged right at 1,700 calories with an average net intake of 1,450 calories (I track everything to keep me honest). Of course net calories is only an approximation - though I do use a HRM for all gym and riding activities - though HRM estimation of calories burned is an approximation as well.

    Average macros for the past 8 weeks:

    Fat - 61.8%
    Protein - 23.6%
    Carbs - 16.2% (corrected typo)

    Does anything look really off here? With my activity level I don't really want to drop my carbs too much more - and my protein intake is about half way between the 1-gram/lb lean body weight and the 1 gram per lb of body weight.

    I've pretty much cut all dairy out of my diet, I don't even think about the "20%", I feel too good to cheat outside of one beer every week or so - no more frequently than that and it is unusual that I have more than one.

    Thoughts?
    Last edited by Catrin; 11-08-2012 at 01:39 AM. Reason: correcting typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catrin View Post
    Average macros for the past 8 weeks:

    Fat - 61.8%
    Protein - 23.6%
    Carbs - 61.8%

    Does anything look really off here?
    Yes, >100%.

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    boom, roasted.

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    Fat & carbs together at that ratio are a bad idea. Also it will help if the percentages add up to 100% lol
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    I think the Cronometer percentages are the percentages of what you set as a goal when you first set up your account, or the percentage of the default that Cronometer sets up. So if Cronometer states that your carbs are at 60%, it means that you ate 60% of your goal for carbs, not the percentage of carbs that make up your total calories.

    IOW, the percentages for the macros at Cronometer are independent of each other and aren't additive.

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    Typographic error that I didn't catch Carbs should be 16.2%, not 61....

    Fat - 61.8%
    Protein - 23.6%
    Carbs - 16.2%

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    Think it could be your training.

    HIIT training 3 times a week is far too much.

    Focus on lifting heavy things for 2 days a week and drop your HIIT classes to once a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamC29 View Post
    Think it could be your training.

    HIIT training 3 times a week is far too much.

    Focus on lifting heavy things for 2 days a week and drop your HIIT classes to once a week.
    x2, but hell I hope I can do that at 53 y/o.
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    It isn't officially HIIT, - so while we have two formal group training sessions a week + a Sunday - it isn't the same level of intensity for every session or every week. While always intense, the nature of the workouts change. Sometimes there is a lot of heavy lifting with a little metcon, sometimes it is more metcon with some strength. His workouts are hard to describe but they are great. He is Primal himself and keeps reminding us that "less is more".

    I have been backing off on riding with the chillier temperatures, so I've not really been doing any cardio outside of my training sessions. This might be part of the problem - I might need more slower movement...

    I just checked Cronometer for my macros for the last 7 days:

    Fat: 62.5%
    Protein: 23.6
    Carbs: 13.1
    Alcohol (to be complete): 0.8%
    Last edited by Catrin; 11-08-2012 at 01:49 AM.

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    Also, people may disagree here but aiming for 2,000 calories at 129 pounds seems pretty high

    I aim to keep my calories around 2,000 and I am 175 pounds and a 29 year old male.

    Maybe you need to just lower your intake a bit. 63% fat or 1,260 calories (if your aiming for 2,000 cals) is a lot of fat!
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