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Exercise not shifting weight the way it did

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cheerup Mon 01-Aug-16 22:43:18

I exercise 5 times a week - 2 beach bootcamps, 1 indoor bootcamp/circuits, 1 body attack and either another high intensity class or a 5k run. I eat well - probably net about 1400 calories of good stuff, a few treats but largely veg/fruit/fish/meat. Very little cheese/butter and hardly ever processed/ready made food. I am 42 and a size 8 to 10. Two years ago same exercise and slightly stricter diet saw me lose about 2.5 stone down to 9 stone 7. I now hover somewhere between 10 stone 2 - if i am scrupulous about diet - and 10 stone 6 if I indulge in crisp/wine guilty pleasure. I don't want to eat less but would like my trousers slightly loser. If I can find time, would more exercise work?

timeforabrewnow Mon 01-Aug-16 22:48:53

How tall are you?

Not an expert, but it sounds like you're doing plenty of excercise

timeforabrewnow Mon 01-Aug-16 22:50:29

If you're a size 8 to 10 why do you want to lose weight?

IJustAteTheKidsFoodAgain Mon 01-Aug-16 22:56:58

Weight training perhaps?

cheerup Mon 01-Aug-16 22:57:52

I'm 5 5 and I just want to get back to where I was. I feel between sizes are the moment and nothing fits right.

IJustAteTheKidsFoodAgain Mon 01-Aug-16 23:00:53

Can you get a personal trainer, they can really analyse your body/nutrition/exercise and come up with a programme suited specifically to you?

timeforabrewnow Mon 01-Aug-16 23:04:54

Hmmm know the feeling - I'm 5 8" and would love to get done to 10 stone 7 and wear summer trousers so they don't cut me in half!

The temptation of wine/crisps/Indian takeaway at weekends is super hard to resist!

The answer for me is to eat less generally and on a long term basis. Your exercise routine is extensive already

Purpleraindeer Tue 02-Aug-16 08:33:58

Have a read of 'thinner leaner stronger'by Mike Matthews or look at his website. It's all backed up by nutritional studies but what he says is eat a lot of protein (incl the cheese you're now not eating) and do heavy weights with much reduced cardio ( HIIT only) and that is the way to lower fat and inc muscle which is what you're after.

It really worked for me. But I did find it very hard to increase my protein enough. Logging food in mfp is good so you can track how much protein is enough. You might find you end up eating a bit more than you are now - I certainly did.

BobbinThreadbare123 Thu 04-Aug-16 15:34:50

It may sound counter-intuitive but you might need to eat more! Your body could be storing emergency fat because you exercise so hard but only get 1400 cal in. I was doing similar and not losing any weight, despite getting stronger; usually too tired/CBA after workouts). I started to eat after the gym a little more and I'm losing, because I'm not forcing my body into survival mode.

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