Anyways, I'm a 32 yr old male .. bout 5'7" 180 lbs ..I'm looking to drop about 30 lbs.
I've been on an diet/excercise program for a month now and i have yet to lose a single pound!!!!
Every day I do the treadmill for about 45 minutes, burning off around 600 cals. I do light weights/push ups/crunches for muscle tone. I've been cutting back on my food intake .. probably about 1500 cals a day.
Is there something drastically wrong I'm doing here or is it normal to see no results after a whole month with this sort of thing?
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by briant13:
<B>hmmmm i wonder if that could be it. Looking back at what I typically eat, I usually start every day off with a yogurt .. and thats got LOTS of carbs.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
If you are eating that fruit flavored, sugar sweetened yogurt, then yes, it is loaded with carbs. Unsweetened plain yogurt isn't really that bad at around 12 grams of carbs (milk sugar - lactose) per serving, and some of those aren't even there if the yogurt contains live bacterial cultures (the bacteria digests part of the lactose so it is no longer availble for you to digest).
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Are you recommending a low carb (atkins) diet?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I would recommend a low carbohydrate diet such as Dr. Atkins or even better, "Protein Power" By Dr. Eades. The thing you need to understand is that all calories are not created equal. Sugars and starches are some of the worst things you can eat if you are trying to lose fat because they significantly raise the hormone insulin. Insulin is known as the fat storing hormone. Not only does it provide the mechanism for fat storage, but if levels are high, it inhibits fat metabolism. So, not only does it tend to store fat when levels are high, it also blocks the burning of the fat you already have on you. Even if you are eating fairly low in calories, but most of these calories are sugars and starches, fat burning will be limited. You may lose some weight, but a large part of that weight will likely be muscle as your body starts catabolizing its stored proteins to make up for the ones you aren't eating.
Congrats on starting a new healthier lifestyle ...as for weight loss while i would not deny anyone the joy of counting things and avioding certain foods and doing the whole "being good or "bad" thing based on food....
if you don't want to do the diet mentaily but wnat to loose fat I have the answer I really do this plan is great and yes it WILL work for everyone even those that have tried "everything" since YOU determine what you will eat and when - which is what we are doing now, just this book shows how to make choices that will lead to fat loss and better health! ....
you get to eat what you want when you want, no forbidden foods, no rules, no musts AND folks loose a lot of weight FAST! ( not me but i'm loosing something each week and not feeling like i'm on a diet ...yipppeee!!!) the best is the escape from diet mentality...
this plan is all about making mindful choices about what we eat.
its Dr. Shapiro's picture Perfect Weight loss , amazon sells his book and has a slew of reviews on it.
The bad points of it are no recipes and he is anti-meat except for seafood and heavy on the soy products.
If you need more basic nutritional info and want recipes or info on meats since i recommend Volumeterics, which is basically the same concept the recipes look tasty and the info on the best carnivore choices is great. The problem with volumeterics is that she overcomplicates the idea and makes it difficult, the beauty of Dr. Shapiro's plan is the simple clearness of the pictures.