Discouraged

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May 18, 2013 11:55pm
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So, I have a dilemma. I have been working out regularly for about 3 months now with the hope of gaining a little bit of muscle and losing a few pounds (around 5). Also, I eat descent... Everyone says that my eating is really good, but I think otherwise. My diet is gluten, dairy, soy, wheat, and sugar free. The only carbs I eat are brown rice, a few gluten free flours, and some corn. So far, absolutely nothing has happened. I have had weight gain, extreme hunger, my clothes are tighter, and many other things. I feel awful. My mother even tells me that she sees no changes, which makes it even worse. I do not know what I am doing wrong. I know how to lose weight and tone up, but nothing is happening; I see absolutely no results. I do not think I have a hypothyroid and, as far as I know, I have no other medical issues. Does anyone have any suggestions?
19 May
I feel the same way! I know you should have a few rest days a week from excersizing, the rest helps your body respond to the workout. Dont go hard daily and dont be discouraged... the hard work will eventually pay off!
19 May
Agree u should rest let ur bod catch up to ur work that you've done,,incorporate weights!
19 May
I do incorporate weights, Rod. But you both are probably right. I should start taking a rest day. I just get so bored, then the next day I overdo it.
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May 19, 2013 12:05am
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Don't really have any suggestions but jus wantd to say hang in there and don't give. Not sure if u follow Bryan j but u might ask him he is full of knowledge and has some good advice to give all the time

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May 19, 2013 4:11am
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hy how are u?
and why are u dieting u are already so much beautyfull

19 May
Thank you! I am 16.
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May 19, 2013 10:21am
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Okay. On the surface everything look fine, but your not getting results so somethings wrong.

I have a few suggestions of what it might be.

1. To little protein. You should eat 1g Per pound of bedyweight every Day.

2. You eat to much or way to little. I dont know much about you but you should probably eat 1500-2500 kcals depending on you numbers. Probably around 2000 kcals to loose weight.

3. To few vitamins. You mention nothing about veggies or fruits in your post. They have a lot of vitamins. So if you dont eat them you won't get enough vitamins and your body wont improve.

4. Not drinking enough . You should get at least 2 liters if water every Day equally destibuted over the Day. Try to drink 3 liters a Day, or 4 if your really active.

5. Doing to much cardio. If you do to mich cardio and to little weight training your body think it has to store fat fore later (your cardio) every time it has a calorie surplus and thats every time you eat something.

Hope it helps :)
19 May
Well, I do drink water, and I do eat lots of fruits and vegetables. My protein intake is alright. I probably do too much cardio, but I do quite a bit of strength training, too. My mother is worried that my arms, shoulders, and legs will get bigger because of using weights.
19 May
Okay. So that leave only one problem. You eat to much or to little. Try calculating your BMR and count cals fore about 1 week to find out how much you eat. Dont worry about getting to Big. Females usually dont get that problem :)
19 May
Believe it or not, I count my calories, too. I was eating about 1400 originally (because my mom thought that 1600 was too many). I though that was too little considering my caloric burn every day, so I pushed it to 1600. I stayed there for about a two weeks, and I felt horrible (fatigued, hungry, and weak). I pushed it to 2000 after that, because my BMR is 1400, and I burn 500+ calories a day.
19 May
Hmm Strange. Then I think you should try different types of advanced diet methods. Like fasting, confusion tactics, crash /refuel and so on. Try Google it. Or if you got the money try a specialist. They might figure out whats wrong. You might also be able to find one here there Will do it fore free.
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May 19, 2013 12:31pm
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Hi I can't say what you should do but other than don't give up Bryan seems to be clued in dont worry about what others say belive in your path that your on Isaiah 40v31 but they that wait for The Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings like eagles they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint rember you are sister in Christ your not alone
19 May
Thank you, David! That is a beautiful verse.
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2 Posts
May 19, 2013 1:23pm
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its ok and 17 yrs old.
have u an account on facebook then join me "vashitva sharma"
tnx

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May 19, 2013 3:15pm
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Let me give a shot at your problem.

I seems that your diet is as clean as it gets. And you are pretty clear about what you want to eat.

But you are not so clear on your goals. You say your mom is scared your arms and leggs get bigger when you train. But what is your goal?

You say you want to tone up (no idea what this means), and lose weight( i think you mean fat).
I feel like you have mixed goals which will always leave you with dissapointment.

What i would like you to do is set 3 goals that you feel like you can reach.
1 goal for 6 months ( main goal! )
2 goals for 3 months ( focus points )

These goals determine your approach. I really believe this is they way you can work to results.

Ps set goals you can meassure. ( weightloss, bodyfat, run 3 miles, benchpress 100kg)

Ps 2 dont listen too much to your mom.

After these goals comes the approach

19 May
Thanks, Rappa. Let me put it a different way, I would like to lose a few inches of fat from my hips and maybe 1 from my stomach. I do not want to lose any muscle. It just seems like such a small amount it is driving me crazy.
19 May
Do you feel that are your goals for working out?
19 May
Yes, those are my goals.
19 May
Dont get me wrong. I understand that these are the results you desire but these shoudnt be your goals. I will make a post tomorrow.
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May 19, 2013 4:00pm
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I agree with christian, lots of water, your urine should be clear, protein, vitamins, a multiday, may want to try this workout on a fri/sat.....eat fri dinner, wait 90 min, then workout for 90-120 min , sleep and do same workout the next morning, it will put you into calorie debt.

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May 19, 2013 5:10pm
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I can personally vouch for Bryan Js advice, please take the time to answer his questions when you get the chance. 
I also do have something to say that I think would help based on your writing earlier: there are two possible conclusions that I can see scientifically as to why you are experiencing this dilemma. (Well actually 3, but I'll go over the 3rd last)
#1: you are working out and gaining muscle, but you still have a layer of fat on top of your muscles and as your muscles expand,  it appears as though you're packing on body fat. There are a few reasons as to how this can happen; it is probably a combination of eating too much and not having taxing enough workouts. -have you noticed that weightlifters many times look kinda girthy (and not with muscle) even though they are physically stronger than most body builders they come in contact with? (Even though bodybuilders look way more muscular) this is because of the types of workouts and eating habits they both engage in. I won't go too deep into both types (I have been trained in weightlifting by both)  but if you have noticed that your are doing great on your workouts. -I mean you can pretty much do your entire routine and you barely break a sweat! :D.... change up your routine and find some thing harder that helps you feel the burn. Heat helps break down fat molecules (which allows your body to more efficiently convert body fat into energy) which will help let your muscle some through and let you see the results you've been getting t that are currently hidden under body fat.
#2: now I would like to take you to the opposite end of the scale... let's say that you're working out and you are feeling the burn EVERY excersise! -I mean you have a list of different excersises and routines that you cycle through during the week. when you feel the burn telling you to stop,  you push through it til you cant push any more! You've also curbed your diet: where you once ate large portions of junk food and sweets, now you eat much smaller portions of healthy food...!CAUTION! This is another extreme;  if you workout too much you will put your body into a panic state in which it will seek to gain energy FAST in order to sustain the output you are forcing put of it. Well, it takes hours for your body to digest food,  so don't expect that cup of nuts and berries you ate beforehand or mid-workout to do anything but let your stomach know your not hungry. Fat is a slightly less slower form of energy. Sure it can be used,  but your body would have to take the time to CONVERT it which uses more energy. The fastest way for your body to gain energy is for it to tap into its tightly packed stores of protein called muscles! Your body figures this out in no time and your muscles don't stand a chance. -They literally get used as instant energy to power your body which is panicking for energy! This coupled with a diet that consists of portions that are too small to sustain your ideal body weight is a horrible combination; eating to little pa your body in a famine state in which it believes that there is a shortage of food and that it must therefore store food in order to sustain itself during the famine. This food is stored as FAT, which will make you gain weight as a result of eating too little. (Ironic, huh)
#3 vitamins! You can workout all you want, get rid of all unhealthy fats and sugars from your diet but if your not getting enough vitamins,  it is useless. If you dont think that you are on either extreme mentioned earlier, then I would advise supplementing your vitamin dier by getting a one a day women's vitamin from yiur l9cal health store and taking it along with a big increase in hiw much water u drink a day.
Do this for a few weeks, and if your problem doesnt change, then you need to reexamine what you're doing bc ull probably find that you lean to one if thw extremes.

The goal is to find a good balance of diet and excersise and be consistent towards getting results. Once u do this, Youll be loosing unhealthy wieght and feeling great in no time!

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May 19, 2013 7:36pm
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Try using the Lose It app to track the food you're eating. Although you feel as though you are eating healthy;you may be eating too many calories. Also, how intense are your workouts? You can work out regularly but if you arent burning enough calories during your workouts to negate some of those you took in then you won't lose weight. Also wheat tends to cause some people to gain weight so don't eat a lot of it just in case. Try incorporating more veggies into your daily diet and protein. Dairy is not a big weight loss contributor so I would reduce that too. One last thing: Drink more water.

19 May
I already track my calories and watch how many I burn. I do not eat any wheat or dairy, either.
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May 19, 2013 7:45pm
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Since you only want to lose five pounds then I would do a crossfit or bootcp class for about a month to increase your cardio or maybe even some sprint intervals a few days per week. Five pounds is not a lot of weight and the smaller you are the harder it will be to lose. You can do it though. Just stay focused on your goal and believe in yourself.

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May 19, 2013 9:11pm
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I had the same problem until someone had me try the following ( she lost 100lbs)

1- no more than 6 gram of sugar per meal
2-no more than 170 mg of sodium
3- no RED LIGHT FOODS, eveyone had something different ( cakes, chips, ...) this is something that you love to eat A LOT.
4- kitchen closes at 7pm. If you are still hungry have a low calorie snack
5- try Myfitnesspal which is a great app to track your calories

I have lost 25lbs over 5 months. Hope this helps.

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May 19, 2013 9:17pm
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I forgot the most important,  no processed foods ( lean cuisine,  weight watchers,  sausage,  deli meat) all foods must be freshly made at home if possibe.

Limit restaurants as much as possible,  especially in the 1st 4 weeks which is considered the Detox Period.

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May 20, 2013 10:38pm
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As promised a post of mine to help you get on track. This is a post more on mindset and working towards goals to keep you motivated and aware of why you do things. Next to this it will give a better insight in what to train and what to eat to support your training and the goals you are working towards.

You want to lose fat on your stomach and hips and maybe even build some muscle on your frame. This is a very broad idea of what you want to achieve. It will take alot of time and effort. Results will come slow and hard earnerd. But its very possible!

Now i will go in depth on how i think you should structure what you are working towards!

Setting your goals:

Your 6 months goal: lower your bodyfat percentage with 5%.

In 6 months you want to lower your bodyfat percentage with 5% while not losing too much weight. While lowering the bodyfat your stomach and hips will look and feel better.

Your 3 month goals: Lower the bodyfat percentage with 3%.

The next 3 month goal: this one is for you to set! What is it in training you want to get on the short term! Something next to weightloss. Get something you can go for!

When you have set your goals. You have set the timeframe and mindset we are working in. I really believe this is important. We have a clear path of what we want now it is time to develop the way we will walk towards it.

I try to give advice from another angel. The random food tips are great but i dont believe they will give you much benefit.

The big idea behind what i try to make clear is: Dont focus on the wrong formulated and unclear goals. What you want is not the goal you should be working towards ( if this makes sense ). As an example if you want abbs your goal isnt working towards abbs, it is working to lower your bodyfat and your muscles.

I am rambling on, if you see any logic in this dont be afraid to ask me to clearify :-)

21 May
Thank you, Rappa. I definitely need to make some realistic goals...
21 May
Thanks for the support bryan. Its kinda hard trough this app. Try to get my vision spread out here every now and then. When it looks like ppl are seriously asking questions :-)
22 May
very good explanation!
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