I’m 40 and I started a diet and a training program 35 days ago. I’ve been training 5 to 6 times a week (on elliptical), between 60 to 90 minutes each time (doing intervals…going to up to 170HB per minute) and I follow a 1300 calories diet. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO discouraged as i only lost 4 pounds. (147 down to 143!!)… I’m 5’4..and I want to get back to 117 (which i use to weight 5 years ago). I thought I’d have a ‘’kick start’’ weight lost with all the efforts i’m putting in!!
I don’t know what more i can do… I only have 1 to 2 days rest per week and i can’t eat less that 1300 calories (p.s. and i drink 4 to 8 glass of water per day) I have to admit that I feel a lot better (more energy and less swelling etc) but i just don’t know what to do to optimize my weight lost.
Can you help me??
I actually just chatted about this in a recent video. Your body is going through some MAJOR adjustments. It’s probably holding on to water, repairing itself, trying to figure out what the heck is going on!
It’s hard for me to advice as I don’t know what your are eating or any specifics plus remember I’m not a doctor or trainer.
All I can give you is my advice based on my experience….
- Don’t depend on the exercise to give you bigger losses on the scale. Exercise makes you feel good.. possibly look better and get you in better shape but in my experience when you start to exercise seriously you need to look to other ways to evaluate your progress as the scale can and will be fickle.
- Start keeping a food journal if you aren’t already. You may have hidden things in your diet you aren’t even aware of. A bite here a taste there.. they add up fast.
- HOW DO YOU FEEL?!? All the effort you are putting in, is it paying off in other ways? Is this how you want to live your life. Are you having fun working out that much? Does your body feel leaner? Meaner? Are you getting more confident?
As for optimizing weightloss… focus on lean meats and lots of fresh fruits and veggies as your main source of food. Watch the "whites" (white sugar and flour) and the dairy. That was my overall approach.
Hope that helps and I’m sure others will have some great advice as well. What do you think guys?