Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Q & A - What To Do When You Hit a Diet Plateau
Okay tony, first of all I’d like to say that thanks to you I decided to change my lifestyle, your awesome man. So before I wanted to lose weight I was at around 200 pounds, 5'11" slightly muscular not much. After I saw your video I was instantly inspired. The next day I had begun, I cut out all junk foods, ate healthier but still had to eat bad stuff here and there because of family and social life.
After a month I ended up losing 20lbs but this is where the trouble comes in - I wasn’t losing any more weight. I was maintaining it, even though I was going to the gym 2-3 times a week. I reached my 2nd month of dieting the 10th of this month and had gained back 8lbs, I think a lot of it was water because I felt bloated a lot and just bigger, I’m really disappointed and frustrated that after such hard work I went back to my old ways. This Sunday was my last day of spring break in which I started to eat bad again,. It’s been weeks since I’ve worked out and I can’t find the energy to do it at home, I would really like to get down to lean but I’d say I want to lose around 50-60 pounds considering I’m tall and have muscle mass. I just wanted to share my story and express some things in hope of maybe getting some tips from you about how to approach all these obstacles. You’re a great inspiration to many people. If it wasn’t for you I would still be eating very poorly, also I’m not taking any proteins just taking vitamin E and A and iron pills that’s all. I hope to get back on my diet when school starts Monday.
Hello, I want to quote a phrase I once heard “abs aren't made in the gym there made in the kitchen.” By this I mean that you can exercise 3 hours a day but if your diet is not consistent and supportive for weight loss, that weight loss will not happen. In order for you to continue to lose weight you have to cut out calories and increase exercise. The combination of the two will lead to weight loss and muscle retention.
If eating healthy has been difficult for you I suggest eating high protein foods because these are very filling. Limit your fat intake to healthy fats only from nuts, fish, or olive oil but try to only eat around .45x your body weight, total fat a day ( so 200x .40= the amount of fat you should have max). You can also decrease your carb intake to promote the burning of fat.
When you do eat carbs make sure they are complex and slow digesting like oatmeal and whole wheat/grain products. You should try to lose 1-2lbs a week and as soon as you begin to plateau that's when you drop your calories a little lower until you continue to lose weight.
Tony isn't a licensed nutritionist yet, so he can't give anyone advice on what to do. Please consult your doctor for his professional opinion on a diet/nutrition program that will work for you.
Tony's blog is a journal of his experiences and what has worked for him. He lists general guidelines and suggestions only. He is NOT a professional.