Weight loss stall or not?
Friday, August 09, 2019
So I have now had 2 weigh-ins this week weigh in at the same weight 84.8kg.
This is a stall, plateau whatever you want to call it....it is also extremely frustrating!!
As I am on a strict diet which I am fanatically strict about this should not be happening so I am going to drop calories by 100 a week early but also am thinking about changing the day I weigh in at.
Hear me out (I may be reading too much into this) I have a theory! At the moment my program is intense. I am training specifically for a meet and am at the start of that training so my lifts are heavy and consist of a lot of volume...
I am squatting twice a week, deadlifting twice a week and benching 3x a week as well as accessories. I do four training sessions a week and they are all full body - I am SORE as hell every day but I am building strength every session and my muscles are popping out all over the show. It is HARD SATISFYING WORK!
I foam roll and use a lacrosse ball on my muscles and have epsom salt baths on my recovery days and also try to do some active recovery like a walk to keep the blood moving but I am actively building my muscles back up on these recovery days which are imperative to being able to perform in the gym for the next training.
I am also eating at a deficit so I am actually not giving my body all the food it needs in order to lose fat (which is HOW to lose fat haha) so recovery is not as quick which is also why I am sore. This is all planned and prepared for and is carefully monitored so don't be worried about that it is all science!
I try to only weigh in 2x a week as I tend to get a bit obsessive if I let myself weigh every day. My weigh-ins are the morning after my heavy squat training (Tuesday) and the morning after my high bar squat training (Saturday). I am noticing that I retain a little water weight on these days (and on Thursdays after heavy deadlifts) - I feel a bit bloated and of course some DOMS.
So....my theory (longwinded as it is) is that because of all the training and eating at a deficit and longer recovery times my weight is actually a bit higher on the days I am weighing in because of the inflammation (??) and my body doing so much work to get recovered and build that muscle. The most scientific way to test this would be to weigh in everyday but I am resisting this so am going to try weighing in on different mornings (Wednesday and Sunday) to see if there actually is a difference.
Wish me luck!!