My wife is 5 weeks into the 12 week transformation challenge, and she hasn't lost a pound. She is a personal trainer herself, but has struggled to lose weight since she was 14. She is 5'1", 140 lbs. She is very muscular, but I would estimate her lean body mass to be around 100-105 lbs, as she has pretty narrow shoulders.
She has seen some very minor changes over the last 5 weeks, as her body measurements have yielded a 1 inch loss around her thigh and a 1 inch loss around her hips, along with 1/4 of an inch here or there in other areas. She looks like she has lost a little weight, but is extremely frustrated that the scale does not reflect it after 5 weeks of training.
Here is her current plan:
1200 calories a day. 50g carbs, 120 g protein. She eats EXTREMELY clean. Chicken, eggs, turkey, veggies, fruit juice, protein sups, mulitvitamin, omega fats. She takes one cheat meal a week, usually eating a movie-sized box of candy.
Cardio: 1.5 hours a day 5 days a week. She does HIIT and steady state, generally doing 1.2 hour in the morning and 1 hour after her weight workout, but it is not consistent.
weights: moderate-heavy. she does 3 or 4 sets of 10, pushing herself. She's a strong girl, so she lifts pretty heavy naturally. She lifts 4 times a week, 2 upper and 2 lower.
history: She has weighed between 140-160 since she was 14 (she is 22 now) and hasn't ever been able to get rid of that last 20 lbs, even though she played soccer and basketball in highschool and soccer in college.
Her digestive system is very sensitive, so she eats almost entirely organic food. She is alergic to seafood.
Her energy during this 5 weeks has been fair, she doesn't have a lot of extra energy after working out 3 hours a day obviously. She has not slept particularly well, but generally gets 7-8 hours of sleep, although sometimes she doesn't fall asleep until 5 am.
We work out pretty late at night, around 9 pm usually. She has protein after this workout directly before bed, generally 250 calories or so, not a lot of carbs but some. She is just now starting to do her weights earlier so she isn't consuming those calories right before bed.
Please help me help her, she is getting really discouraged working so hard and eating so clean and seeing no results.