My husband has been eating around 2000 calories per day, working out with a trainer about an hour weekly, and using an eliptical (fairly high intensity) for around an hour every day for more than six months. He has not lost a pound, and the body composition scale shows no significant change in % of fat, % of muscle, visceral fat, or BMI. He has progressively given up diet sodas, any wine consumption, has increased his time on the eliptical, and has included varying his cardio by sometimes walking outside or on a tredmill. Still nothing. He is at the end of his rope and is beginning to SERIOUSLY lose hope of ever making the change he's wanting. What is going wrong?
I've heard this story a number of times with clients. I am a Certified Holistic Nutrionist and also been Fitness Trainer.
Here's the deal: we're all different and I don't recommend calorie counting. It assumes that we average things out and we just will lose weight.
You need to change the way you think about living and stop dieting and start creating a manageable lifestyle.
With my clients who want to lose weight here is what I recommend.
Avoid: any grains, any processed foods, any sugar, anything that has bad fats.
Enjoy: clean lean hormone free meats, colourful vegetables and tons of green veggies. Small quantities of fruit and some nuts ( some meanging a serving is about 10 nuts if they are almonds) and make sure to get good fats like olive oil, avocado, nuts etc.
Stop weighing for a bit and instead use a measuring tape on waist, chest, thighs etc.
Also super important to drink lots of clean water.
Forget the calories, eat clean and let me know how it goes.
ps. try varying the workout. Weights are a great alternative and can really jump start your metabolic rate.
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