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2007/06/15 22:10:27 (permalink)
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Dieting Blues

I've been on a weight loss diet for 16 weeks now and have been very strict along the way, save for 1 stag night and 1 wedding reception!

I'm at my lowest bodyfat levels ever and can finally see my abs but the past 2 weeks have been a real struggle, particuarly in the gym, but also during morning cardio and generaly any physical activities. I've just come back from gym and had a real crap legs workout, was there 50 minutes and did 2 sets of squats which were both1 rep down from last weeks workouts.

I found it harder mentaly to get under the bar and do the sets rather than my body telling me NO! I am debating wether to take time off the diet and increase calories fro a couple of weeks or just carry on with the diet and hope it is just a bad patch I'm going through.

I'm so close to my "goal" re bodyfat I don't want to jeapodise it by coming off the diet but at the same time I don't want to carry on having bad workouts and feeling achy.

Any opinions welcome.

Thanks

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    richyd
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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:16:07 (permalink)
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    All i like to add 16 weeks good going m8 im on my 8th and its frying my brain. Getting up at 6am is doing my head right in now. Im gon run it for another 6 and really hoping ive reached my goal by then.

    Dig in m8 it might just be an off week. Then again if uve dieted and trained for 16 weeks solid maybe you need a week off training?? What bout taking week off training but still keeping ur calories low??
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    TRAMP
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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:22:38 (permalink)
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    yep dig in mate.I gave in too early last time I dieted and still regret it.

    16 weeks is too far gone to jack it in and we all have bad sessions.

    What BF were you and what are you now?

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    odyysey
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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:23:05 (permalink)
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    Yeah i think it may be time off + low calories.

    Would you give the cardio a rest to or keep doing it?

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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:26:32 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Neb

    yep dig in mate.I gave in too early last time I dieted and still regret it.

    16 weeks is too far gone to jack it in and we all have bad sessions.

    What BF were you and what are you now?



    Erm, would guess about 25% pre diet and would guess about 10-12% now, can see top part of abdominals clearly and bottom part is a bit blurry.

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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:28:00 (permalink)
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    Maybe just drop it to say 3 times a week mon,wed,fri weekend off fresh and ready for monday?? Or even do different cardio options on ur week off sports u enjoy?? Have kick bout with ur m8 or something.
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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:28:22 (permalink)
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    That's good going mate, how much weight have you lost?

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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:33:46 (permalink)
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    16st 10lb---------13st 11lb

    Underestimated my bodyfat levels tho. Thought i'd be 14stone ripped with veins popping out everywhere! I reall y hope I don't have to drop to much more weight to get the "look" I want. My strength has dropped about 5% on big movements, don't really want to lose any more power either.

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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:37:04 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: odyysey
    Underestimated my bodyfat levels tho. Thought i'd be 14stone ripped with veins popping out everywhere! I reall y hope I don't have to drop to much more weight to get the "look" I want.


    I'm in the same boat mate, was just about 16 stone when I started and thought i'd maybe go down to 15, just under 14 now and got maybe another 7 pounds tops (he says) to go.

    All I need is a big gun and a coupe that's crazy quick...
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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:37:42 (permalink)
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    you have done soooooo well for so long mate it would be a shame to throw away all that work at this stage,i would take a little time off the weights maybe a week or so but keep up with the cardio,i wouldnt touch your diet as you are so close to your goal. good luck mate its not easy.
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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:42:20 (permalink)
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    Odyysey i started at exact same weight m8 im down to 15.10 now. Im also hoping at 14 and half il be where i want to be Whether i am or not is another story i guess
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    odyysey
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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:43:10 (permalink)
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    lol I read all those journals on here where people were saying it "hurt" during the later stages of cutting/weight loss. I never understood what they meant till now. Bod feels tired, mind even more so and I'd love to go on a weeks high calories but that would slap about 5+ pounds of crap onto me and then it would take 2-3 weeks of dieting to get rid!

    Vicious circle

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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:46:31 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: richyd

    Odyysey i started at exact same weight m8 im down to 15.10 now. Im also hoping at 14 and half il be where i want to be Whether i am or not is another story i guess


    Good luck with it mate!

    I've got nothing but admiration to those who can go through a longish weight loss diet. Once I'm down a few more %, bodyfat wise, I think it will be easier to maintain as I won't want to let it go. Also this diet has taught me a lot about how my body reacts to foods, alcohol etc. I'll never let myself get out of shape again!

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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:49:18 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: odyysey

    16st 10lb---------13st 11lb

    Underestimated my bodyfat levels tho. Thought i'd be 14stone ripped with veins popping out everywhere! I reall y hope I don't have to drop to much more weight to get the "look" I want. My strength has dropped about 5% on big movements, don't really want to lose any more power either.


    I know what you mean mate, I started at 14.5 stone last year and would have finished at about 11 stone at the BF I wanted, I just felt too small towards the end...I lost a lot of muscle due to lack of knowlege though
    post edited by Neb - 2007/06/15 22:59:02

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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:51:29 (permalink)
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    every week gets harder

    i think its when your bodyfat gets to a certain level , it just kills you to get it lower

    ive felt like that after 6 weeks when staying lean and felt like it after 10 weeks when heavy , but when you get to that stage which your body isnt meant to be at its really hard

    even when i start eating after being ripped i still feel like crap until my bodyfat gets above 10%, but that might just be me
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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 22:58:29 (permalink)
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    Odyysey i know exactly what ur saying m8 i feel exactly the same. I don ever wan let myself gain this much bf again. Think ginasmg advice was bout the best drop weights and stick to the rest. Not much further m8 DIG IN!!! Think of the prize
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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 23:02:16 (permalink)
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    I think I may drop the 3 x a week workouts and do 2 workouts a week, been looking at some of Stuart Mcroberts workouts plans. Have a few days off cardio to allow my legs to lose some of the achey soreness then hammer it from weds onwards.

    Thanks for advice every1!

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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/15 23:23:45 (permalink)
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    I'm about 12 weeks in on an impromptu cut, and I'm in the same boat, good condition, looking about the leanest Ive ever been tbh but progress seems so slow at times its easy to loose drive...hang in there mate.

    5'9
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    Military press-65kg

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    RE: Dieting Blues 2007/06/16 09:18:56 (permalink)
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    good work

    rich

    ok

    3-4 weeks medium low protein and fat
    medium/higher carbs

    then see what else you have left to pull off
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