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    Working out for 4 months, eating healthy and I see only little result

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    I am a female of 22 years old, 5.3ft (1.62 m) tall and weight 119lb. I have been working out for more than 4 months (5 days a week), mainly lifting weights and moderate to intensive cardio for the last month. I follow a strict diet where I consume only 1,000 calories while burning 2,000 per day. I eat 80-100 grams of protein per day, limiting my fat and carbs intakes as much as possible. I would say on average my diet consists of 50% protein, 15% fat and 35% carbs. After putting all this work, I just don't seem to see any of the results I expected. I have lost 2lbs which I assume has been mainly body fat. I have also gained some muscle, but nothing very noticeable. Is there anything I am doing wrong? Is there anything I need to change or improve? My goal is to decrease my body fat percentage while increasing my body muscle mass.
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    Hey babe! I'd say have a food intolerance test done and maybe change the diet. Have you tried keto?
    Also, it is a good idea to switch up your workout plan every 2 months, as the body gets used to the same routine!
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    Originally Posted by pparker983456 View Post

    My goal is to decrease my body fat percentage while increasing my body muscle mass.
    Not gonna happen if you are only eating 1000 cals a day. If this number is correct, you are very much likely undereating your RMR, which will lead to things like slowing down metabolism and weight loss coming primarily from muscle (as muscle is more metabolically demanding).

    Increase the food, eating whole foods, find your maintenance cals and focus on getting stronger in the lifting, less cardio, and time. Dont overcomplicate it.
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    I agree with Rockangel completely....I had the exact same dilemma 3 years ago and thought I could do cardio and do weights and restrict my calories and get the body I want.... Boy was I wrong...your diet is key and you have to figure out first and foremost what your RMR is (Resting Metabolic Rate) this is how many calories your body needs to function if you literally laid in bed all day without moving so figure that out first...i guarantee it will be more than 1000 kcals! That's your start point, that's the minimum amount you need...your body needs all groups of fuel so like Rockangel says eat whole foods, don't restrict yourself eat what your body NEEDS. You need to ramp your metabolism up but by the sounds of it you are putting your body into starvation mode which is why you are seeing little to no improvement.
    Best metaphor I can think of is when you are low on fuel in your car... what do you do? you slow down, you drive more economically to conserve the fuel, your body does the exact same thing and if you aren't giving it enough fuel it will slow everything down to conserve what little you have given it.
    Look at your intake and go from there...trust me if your doing it right you should be hungry every couple of hours....if there is one thing other than the muscle gain that I love its the amount I now eat! ha ha
    Good Luck!
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