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    Am I doing something wrong?

    I'm trying to get into body building... or at least get in shape. So I'm trying to lose some body fat/weight first (M/31/Skinny fat) I'm 5'8, 160 pounds, about 27% body fat (mainly gut.. still small arms).

    I need some advice... I'm 2 weeks in and I've only lost 3 pounds even though I've been going super hard!

    Here is my routine:
    Working out 5 days a week M-F. 1 hour elliptical & 35+ mins HEAVY weights (4-6 rep max).
    My diet is 1,800 cals and protein around 140g a day (so I can gain a little muscle while losing fat/weight).

    After doing this 2 weeks im only down 3 pounds?! what gives? You think a hour on the elliptical would bring more results. any tips or advice? maybe too much protein?
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    Sounds about right. Perhaps double check counting accuracy. Are you guessing or not weighing some of your foods at any point? Forgetting to include things like drinks or supplements?

    As always, I wonder where you are going with a diet if you are starting at 160... chances are that you would see more improvements by focusing on gaining muscle at the moment. This is often the case if we get people to post photos. But still, measurement errors aside, if you get half to 1lb a week, you are doing OK.
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    First, I would be surprised if you were 27% BF. Did you use calipers, tape measure, or what? If it was a scale, forget it. Those are not reliable. Second, it has only been a couple weeks. You have to give it time when you first start. I know that we all want quick results, but things can go slower at the beginning. That said... My third thing to mention is that 3lbs in 2 weeks is great. You aren't starting at an obese weight, so there is only so fast you are going to (or want to) lose. I would say that 1.5lbs a week is something to be proud of. You are on track, so keep going.

    Also, you would be surprised at how few calories exercise machines burn. Don't get me wrong, I highly recommend it to get in shape and be able to eat more (they definitely burn calories). But the numbers on the machines are bogus. In fact, besides the calculations being potentially off, many will include your resting metabolic rate. So they add in the calories you would burn just by sitting on your butt to make the numbers look bigger. Give it a month or more and you will zero in on your real deficit numbers. Good luck.
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