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    why the stall??

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    Hello friends,
    So i've been primal for about 6 weeks...I was 310lbs and i'm now 270...so im quite happy and hoped to keep chugging along back down to a reasonable weight for a lady. However I have seemed to hit a brick wall. So i was looking for any insight...heres some info.
    Im eating between 900 and 1100 calories a day my fat is usually 50 to 60% carbs maybe 7%(im talking 20 to 50 daily) and the rest protein. I usually drink a organic whey protein shake for breakfast with added oil for fat, salad for lunch with chicken or tuna or shrimp with avacado and eggs and then a lean meat and a side of some veggie for dinner. I only drink water or black tea. I kickbox 3x a week and resistance train 3x a week and run sprints on the treadmill 3x a week too. Any ideas...ill try to get my fat up a little higher i guess so suggestions on the best way to do that would be great too...thanks guys!

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    "I kickbox 3x a week and resistance train 3x a week and run sprints on the treadmill 3x a week too."

    On 1100 calories? Wtf?
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    too much exercise. all that on only that many calories, you are sending your body into a flight or fight response. You have to stop all the sprints AND kickboxing. How about:

    Diet: keep the same, looks good, get some coconut oil into it.
    WO: resistance training 3x a week; WALK 3x a week; Intervals: 1x a week; Kickbox 1x a week.
    You CANNOT exercise yourself to death on this lifestyle. it's like a dog chasing it's tail. you will get NOWHERE. Trust me, I have been there, and done that.

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    wow its gonna be harder to give up exercise the it was to give up grains and sugars...i feel addicted. I mean isn't it still calories in Vs calories out thats important? Dont get me wrong Im so much happier know the calories in are good ones...but arnt i still playing a balancing game? If I find a way to live outside the gym...am i not getting enough calories in to begin with? Im just in a crappy mood to have stopped losing...im about to become a nurse and at 270lb I feel like a major hypocrit!!

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    I hope you're putting extra butter on those veggies for dinner! Adding heavy cream to your tea could help as well if you like it. And, I agree with the others, cut back on the exercise a bit and your body will start dropping pounds again. Good luck!
    oh, and what kind of oil are you putting in your breakfast shake?

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    You don't have to stop exercising, just ease up on the "chronic cardio". Go for long walks (45 minutes to an hour) & keep your heart rate between 50 & 75% of capacity. Do the more hard core stuff once a week. Also, don't count on continuing to lose at the incredible pace at which you started. 40 pounds in 6 weeks is great & you're to be congratulated!!!! Keep up the good work & take it a little easier on your body!

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    How tall are you? How long has it been since you lost weight? I agree with PrincessGrok and Duckman that you are doing too much stressful exercise. Cortisol is an enemy of fat loss. Take it easy! Yes, calories are important, but don't obsess over using exercise to burn those calories. The easiest way is to eat high-fat and have a reasonable weekly caloric deficit. Get used to intermittent fasting.

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    What you're doing is a crash diet. Eating only 900-1100 calories/day at your size and activity level is insane in my opinion!

    I lost my first 50 pounds eating 4000+ calories/day, and even now as I approach 80 pounds lost, I'm eating 2500-3000. As strange as it sounds, I'd say up your cals!
    I began this Primal journey on December 30th, 2009 and in that time I've lost over 125 LBS.

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    Im not trying to eat that little, it just is what it is... I dont even know how to eat more calories without adding more carbs...more meat? Primal Child Im 5'4. I know i lost the 1st 40 fast and dont expect that much to continue weekly but ive stayed the same for 2 weeks and I IF'd to try to break the stall. Thanks for all the advice, Ive made a real mess of my body and now trying to fix it is so difficult even the "specialists" (my doctor and nutrtionist) Say I should get like 11 grain servings a day...which i know is crap...so ive really run out of people to talk to about it. I will try to do less chronic cardio and raise my calories and see how it goes.

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    I wouldn't change the food, much. You are already using a lot of fat from your body. About food listen to your body. If it says you need less, then you eat less. But your low diet could also be caused by the heavy exercises. Too much fat at this point when you are losing fat, may be detrimental. You will have to experiment with the protein and fat ratios.

    Yes the exercise particularly the hard ones kickboxing and sprints have to reduce. Replace all that time spent there to leasurely walks. Leasurely walks don't need to be particularly slow, just as slow as you really feel like. The feelings do change moment to moment so go with the flow.
    Last edited by Anand Srivastava; 06-15-2010 at 12:14 AM.

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