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Daniel Gustafson 08-08-2011 08:47 PM

Lowering BF%
 
I am trying to lower my BF% to about 7 or 8 percent, but am not seeing any results. I am an active athlete and can't always get a perfectly balanced meal. However, most of the time I am able to eat a meal composed of a protein (chicken and shrimp mostly) and lots of vegetables. I drink milk with my meals as well. For breakfast it's usually 4 scrambled eggs and a glass of milk. I tend to grab a poptart every now and then for lack of time to eat something proper, but it doesn't happen much.

But if I am eating mostly good foods, and working out regularly (almost every day) why am I not seeing results? I stay the same weight which is 185 lbs. and get stronger as well as excelling in crossfit, but my BF% is still around 13%. Any ideas?

Katherine Derbyshire 08-08-2011 11:10 PM

Re: Lowering BF%
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Daniel Gustafson (Post 972220)
But if I am eating mostly good foods, and working out regularly (almost every day) why am I not seeing results? I stay the same weight which is 185 lbs. and get stronger as well as excelling in crossfit, but my BF% is still around 13%. Any ideas?

1) The measurement itself could be inaccurate. Most bf% measurements are.
2) You're storing fat due to stress (overtraining, lack of sleep, lack of food, life stress, or all of the above).
3) You're eating too much.

Katherine

Scott Walters 08-08-2011 11:24 PM

Re: Lowering BF%
 
What she said (and in my experience, mostly the stress thing with athletes).

Jordan K Smith 08-09-2011 01:17 AM

Re: Lowering BF%
 
Many people, including me, have good results with cutting out milk when trying to lose fat. I would say pop tarts are a bigger problem, but you said that's only every now and then. Being that you are having milk at every meal it might be an easier/more effective target.

Darryl Shaw 08-09-2011 03:43 AM

Re: Lowering BF%
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Daniel Gustafson (Post 972220)
I am trying to lower my BF% to about 7 or 8 percent, but am not seeing any results. I am an active athlete and can't always get a perfectly balanced meal. However, most of the time I am able to eat a meal composed of a protein (chicken and shrimp mostly) and lots of vegetables. I drink milk with my meals as well. For breakfast it's usually 4 scrambled eggs and a glass of milk. I tend to grab a poptart every now and then for lack of time to eat something proper, but it doesn't happen much.

But if I am eating mostly good foods, and working out regularly (almost every day) why am I not seeing results? I stay the same weight which is 185 lbs. and get stronger as well as excelling in crossfit, but my BF% is still around 13%. Any ideas?

AIS Sports Nutrition Factsheet - Weight Loss. (wfs)

Chris Mason 08-09-2011 08:35 AM

Re: Lowering BF%
 
Yep, lose the milk.

Keep your total carb intake low (in the 15% range). If you do so you will lose body fat especially if you continue exercising as you are. Once you get to your target you can bump the carbs back up to a more livable level.

This diet will not be good for performance, especially in the short term, but will strip the fat away.

Eric S. Jensen 08-09-2011 09:38 AM

Re: Lowering BF%
 
Chris that's exactly what I did to shed 17lbs last month. Yes it was hard training and performance def wasn't first but the fat fell off. I also Fasted until lunch did my WOD in the afternoon and had most carbs PWO.

Daniel Gustafson 08-09-2011 01:04 PM

Re: Lowering BF%
 
Thanks everyone for the advice. I will give the milk thing a try, and keep carbs lower. I appreciate the help!

Jake Edwards 08-09-2011 05:21 PM

Re: Lowering BF%
 
In addition to ditching the milk and "occasional" poptart snacks, I'd recommend dialing the training back a bit. Training each and every day is counterproductive to both fat loss and muscle gain. You're hammering the adrenal-corticol access to a breaking point doing CrossFit 6 or so times a week.


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