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Drastic Measures....bye bye carbs / Week 5 training program

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

OK, I have been exercising regularly (strength training, running, snowshoeing etc etc.) burning mega calories! I have been keeping my daily calories between 1500-1600, no refined sugars, white flour, trans fats etc etc. I drink all my water, gave up my beloved diet soda. I CAN'T LOSE A POUND.....HECK I CANT LOSE AN OUNCE! I know its not that I am gaining muscle because of the strength training, I have been doing this for well over a year. I even changed my whole strength training routine thinking that might be the problem! I guess it's time to resort to drastic measures and give up all the carbs except for veggies and lower carb fruits. I guess I should have done this to begin with, the only other times I have had success losing weight before was with low carb diets. No more oatmeal, bananas, quinoa, brown rice etc. Arggghhhhh, I love carbs! I really didn't want to resort to this but I'll give this low carb thing a shot for a couple of weeks and see what happens.........


5th Week (Wow, 5 weeks and I'm still at it!)

Mon ~ stretching & strength training (upper body strength training & stretching)
Tues ~ run 2.5 miles (ran 2 miles increased speed & lower body strength training)
Wed. ~ 30 minutes cross training & Strength training
Thurs ~2.5 mile run
Fri. ~ 2.5 mile run & strength training
Sat. ~ rest
Sun. ~ 3 mile run
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    You don't have to give up carbs, but try fixing the times at which you eat them. huh?

    Sticky carbs like oatmeal and barley are best eaten for breakfasts and lunches becasue they are long lasting sources of energy, as well as slow digesting. You need the energy earlier in the day, not later when you're trying to wind down.

    Eat no simple carbs after 3pm for the same reason.

    What you're doing is limiting the amount of carbs that convert to fat if unused. Later on in the day we don't move around nearly as much as we do in the earlier part, so we need less energy. That's when you eat the fibrous carbs like broccoli because they're low calorie, and that's what you need - less of a load to burn off at night.

    All exercise training needs to be switched up every few weeks or else your body gets so used to it, it's not longer as effective at burning calories or building muscle (you'd only be maintaining). Change out with a different series of exercises every few weeks, and then return back to your favorites. You will notice "the burn" and the soreness return because you gave those muscles a break.

    You are doing a good job, don't go overboard and cut the carbs out...simply tweak your diet a little bit. Also, you might be consuming enough calories for the enough of exercise you're consuming, thereby throwing yourself accidentally into a plateau. Use this for a better guideline and you should see some results:

    your body weight x 11 = calories needed to maintain.
    Subtract 10%, 15%, or 20% from that number for your new daily caloric number. On the days you work out, add a few more calories - after all, you're burning so much of your basic allowance, you need to fuel "the machine".

    Hope this helps....and keep the faith! :)
    4897 days ago
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