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    My progress was just stalling a few months ago, now things are moving in reverse. *pi

    Stats: Male, 5'6, 150lbs, Upper/Lower split 4x a week, Eating around 1500 cals.

    I've been lifting on and off since I was 19 but got very serious about a year ago. I tracked my food, counted my calories and weighing what I ate, got off dairy (lactose intolerant), started eating the best I ever had and started lifting 4x a week with an upper/lower split.

    For a while things worked out great! I went from 170lbs to 147. I hit 147 around May/June. Thing is though, it's been almost impossible for me to maintain that weight and it seems like things are moving in reverse. I gained about 4lbs back and that's where my weight is sticking despite an apparent loss in muscle and a rise in body fat.

    May, 147lbs https://i.imgur.com/RTATDp6.jpg
    November, 151lbs https://i.imgur.com/FSdeLGK.jpg

    I guess I don't really know what to do or where to go. There are so many options and I'm scratching my head at what to do. Is it a diet plateau? Metabolic adaptation? Lack of training stimulus?

    My problem isn't that I don't know how to lose weight, I can do that just fine, I just don't know why things are reversing when they were going along smoothly.

    Lauryn Lax says it could be under recovering but I have 3+ rest days a week and fill my macros https://breakingmuscle.com/healthy-e...der-recovering

    https://legionathletics.com/reverse-diet/

    There's also reverse dieting but I don't know if upping my calories is the best answer.

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    May 147lbs
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    do u do regular deloads? any deloads?

    stress in your life?

    good sleep patterns?
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    Originally Posted by John Prophet View Post
    do u do regular deloads? any deloads?

    stress in your life?

    good sleep patterns?
    I've done a few deloads this year actually, sleep is okay but suffers a couple times a week due to early classes and yeah I'd say I'm decently stressed.
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    Why do you think you've lost muscle?
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    Originally Posted by spradish View Post
    Why do you think you've lost muscle?
    Well either I've lost muscle or fat is covering up my muscle. I feel like it might be because I have a tendency to undereat on my macros and calories.
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    To me, the difference in your pictures looks like it could be due to a difference in flexing. I find it very difficult to believe that you are eating 1500 calories on a regular basis if you're maintaining/very slowly gaining.

    What is your actual goal--fat loss or muscle gain?
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    I would only advise reverse dieting for coming off of a cut, not for trying to break through a stall. If you are not losing weight at 1500 calories, then you are either not measuring correctly (weighing food, etc) or you are eating more and then subtracting exercise to get to the 1500 number. If only 1500 calories were going into your mouth every day, you would be losing weight.
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    You need to lower calories as you lose weight and you need to be more accurate with your counting and tracking as you art not taking in 1500 on a weekly, consistent basis, you’re taking in much more
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    Originally Posted by Maverick2015 View Post
    I would only advise reverse dieting for coming off of a cut, not for trying to break through a stall. If you are not losing weight at 1500 calories, then you are either not measuring correctly (weighing food, etc) or you are eating more and then subtracting exercise to get to the 1500 number. If only 1500 calories were going into your mouth every day, you would be losing weight.
    That's the thing, I am measuring correctly, I weigh all my food. Sometimes I eat less than 1500.
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    Originally Posted by spradish View Post
    To me, the difference in your pictures looks like it could be due to a difference in flexing. I find it very difficult to believe that you are eating 1500 calories on a regular basis if you're maintaining/very slowly gaining.

    What is your actual goal--fat loss or muscle gain?
    Both? I'm trying to get that "shredded" look
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    Originally Posted by Fauxhawk64 View Post
    Both? I'm trying to get that "shredded" look
    You would be better off picking one goal and focusing on it--fat loss while maintaining muscle or building muscle while limiting fat gain. "Both" gets you where you are now--frustrated and feeling like you're spinning your wheels.
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    Originally Posted by Fauxhawk64 View Post
    Both? I'm trying to get that "shredded" look
    A) You are eating more than you think

    B) You will not get shredded and build muscle at the same time

    Until you come to grips with these points you will be unsuccessful
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