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07-24-2013, 05:26 AM
I began my weightloss journey back in 2006 at 315lb I needed to do something. So I began a low carb regime with weight training and cardio. By 2010 I made it down to 195lbs.

It didn't last long due to constant fanboy cravings for sweets I would find my trapped between 208 to 210lbs. Frustrated by my lack of progress I tried a VLCD which worked but wasn't very manageable.

Then due to a schedule change I was unable to go to the gym daily for a 6 month period and was only capable of training on the weekends. My numbers slowly crept back up until I found myself at 230lbs by the time my 6 month Internship was competed in 2011.

I attempted my previous routine of low carb and exercise several time with no luck. I would loose 5lbs then I would stall and next I would gain 3lbs back this made no sense. And never happened before. I'm sure what I lost and gained was water but. The same effect would take place even while taking diet pills like animal cuts.

My frustration at my inability would cause me to stress eat at times. And of course events kept conveniently popping up that had to attend where all the food there would not be what I needed to eat. So the pounds kept piling on. By 2012 I found myself over 250lbs. Over the summer I managed to get into the 242 to 247 range and bounced back in fourth there for a while.

Fast forward it's July 2013 and currently I'm on weight watchers for men. I managed to get down to 233lbs but that's about it. I brought a treadmill and For the last 3 weeks have jogged 4 miles everyday. This week I decided to throw some weight training in the mix so I'm alternating cardio and weights days.

But still even following WW and training the way I am I don't understand why I keep hitting plateaus and I seem to have a huge problem with water retention. I've been trying to get to my ideal weight since 2006 and have yet to reach it.

I've tried low carb, VLCD, hcg, intermittent fasting, 5 small meals a day calorie counting, weight watchers And nothing.

Weight watchers did surprise me and I managed to drop almost 10lbs in a week which I'm sure was mostly water. But that's been about it I haven't been able to loose anything else since the initial drop. And I've been training everyday!!!

Does anyone know anything that "consistently" works and get results? Low carbing use to be somewhat consistent for me but doesn't seem to work for me anymore. What can I do? Any help can is greatly appreciated.


07-24-2013, 05:41 AM
Count calories and macros

07-24-2013, 09:13 AM
I agree, you should count your calories and track your Macro's. Now everyone is different when it comes to how many calories you should be intaking, but a simple app will be able to take your Goals and convert them into how many calories you should be intaking and where your macros should be. You really won't have to worry about tweaking your caloric intake passed what the app says till you're getting really low in Body Fat %.

Shifting your workout parameters every three months is a great way to increase new and new muscle recruit, and we know that building muscle BURNS fat.

Hope that shines a little light for ya my man. Check out my website for daily workouts if you're confused on what you should be doing.

07-24-2013, 09:15 AM
1. Get rid of your misconceptions (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=136691851)
2. Calculate your calories and macros (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=121703981)
3. Eat about 20% less calories than you burn each day while still meeting minimum protein and fat. Get the remainder of cals from carbs.
4. Buy a kitchen scale and weigh everything that you eat.
5. Count calories using a site like MyFitnessPal (http://www.myfitnesspal.com). Here's how to count properly. (http://www.fitnessfactreview.com/the-art-science-of-calorie-counting/)
6. I suggest to Lift heavy weights to preserve muscle mass, on a program like Reverse Pyramid Training (http://rippedbody.jp/reverse-pyramid-training/).
7. If nothing happens after 3-4 weeks, re-examine calculations, and eat less.
8. Cardio is optional, not a necessity.

Credit to dmacdonal9 for the list.