hey im not sure what im doing wrong but im only loosing lean body mass.
my diet is
pshake w/ water
baked beans (drained of sauce)
low fat yogurt
baked beans (drained)
handful of peanuts
1/2 scoop whey
I'm a vegetarian so i cant eat lean meats. how can i improve my diet?
Thread: losing weight but not fat
06-13-2010, 02:16 PM #1
losing weight but not fat
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06-13-2010, 03:35 PM #12
I would also take your waist/hip measurements so you can see if its decreasing week over week. This is a good indicator of fat loss (regardless of what the scale says).
120 lbs is also very light. I have no idea what someone 5'3" should weigh. Is your BF% high? Maybe even consider a recomp depending on your goals. Lookup pbateman2, king of recomp info.
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06-13-2010, 04:19 PM #17
Gettingfitagain seems to have solid advice.
Just my experience... you say you "can't SEE any fat loss". There are a lot of optical illusions as one reduces body fat, and they can be extremely frustrating and confusing.
Take this as "the complete idiot's anecdotal guide" as I'm no expert but simply learning as we all are...
I am looking much leaner in street clothes (which is great, I have no desire to bulk up), yet people in the gym are remarking "Hell you are pumping. That new weights routine is working!" What's happening is that as superficial bulk becomes stronger and leaner, my clothed appearance is smaller, leaner. BTW, this is often true of conditioned athletes. I recently stood next to one of the world's top rugby props (a position requiring real strength in rugby, typically 110kg+ and very strong). I was amazed that he never looked eye-catchingly big fully clothed, yet I bet in a gym he looks a monster. He is all conditioned strength and muscle.
But here's the rub, what people don't see in my gym singlet is the fat I can see on my chest and stomach, and it can drive me nuts looking at it. But you see, as you lose fat from all over your body, the areas we most carry weight (for me chest/stomach) can begin to look for a time even more noticeable. It's a kind of optical illusion as you are viewing them against an overall leaner stronger frame, and it won't disappear over night. That's why gettingfitagain's advice to take measurements is good. The optical illusions are extremely deceiving, and I find it unlikely, given that you are not losing strength, that you are actually losing lean mass.
Something odd about your diet given you are a vegetarian is that it doesn't seem to include much of what I'd call good vegetables. I thrive on stirfries, tons of crisp lightly-cooked veges and beef strips. Just me, it is often a personal thing you have to feel out for your metabolism.
Again, I'm not an expert.. I think we figure stuff as we go, and some of it will be unique to our own body.
06-14-2010, 03:36 AM #18
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06-14-2010, 04:58 AM #20
Are you plugging your intake into a tracker or counter somewhere? Unless you're only having a couple spoons of baked beans (less than 1/2 c.), the beans alone are over 40 carbs total. The canned stuff does have a lot of sodium and I think most baked beans have a lot of sugar. Anyway, my point is: if you aren't seriously tracking your intake, it might help you to plug it into one of the online trackers to make sure your diet comes out the way you mean for it to.
Since you eat fish, salmon has some major benefits, too, that you could look into if you haven't already.
GL. 1 pound/wk is pretty good for fat loss. I'm not sure why you think your weight loss isn't fat loss? Like someone else said, do some measurements. I was whining the other day about the scale's failure to affirm my diet and when I measured yesterday I'd lost 3/4in. from my waist. It's not noticeable in the mirror, but over a few more weeks it will be.
Make sure you are CERTAIN of your intake and Stick to it. Only thing that ever works.
06-14-2010, 05:27 AM #21
06-14-2010, 05:44 AM #22
Look up any post from pbateman2 and stop by his thread. He is very helpful and will most likely give you some good advice.
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06-14-2010, 09:22 AM #27
Since you lift weights..
You're not eating adequate amount of carbohydrates to fuel your anaerobic workout
You're not getting enough fat to provide a good amount of alternate source of energy (besides stored body fat)
You may not be getting enough protein (don't know your weight, so it's hard to know), therefore your body might rely on muscle tissue for energy.
Oh, and the macro's you listed only equals appx 1kcal, not 1700-King Six-
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06-14-2010, 09:42 AM #29
Read this post...some food for thought.
*Hip Hop vaults*
*NYC ridiculous ravagery*
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