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Old 01-11-2010, 09:11 PM   #11
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Re: Top Factors Contributing to Stalled Fat Loss

So here is what I've eaten so far today. I'll probably eat one more small thing before bed.

The XFit WOD was as follows:

10,9,8,7.6,5,4,3,2,1 reps of:

20kg Kettlebell Swing
20in Box Jump
45lb Ball Slam
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:21 AM   #12
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Re: Top Factors Contributing to Stalled Fat Loss

My situation is similar except I know I'm loosing bodyfat. I started CF about 6 months ago and I weighed 245# (I'm 6'2"). I still have some BF but have lost a lot of it. I'm now down to 240 and have been there for two months solid with no movement. I realize in this process that I've traded muscle for BF but I can't explain the stall.

In addition, I've notice the BF is coming off MUCH slower now.

All in all I'm stronger and I know I'm in better shape, I just feel like I should be down around 200# for my height and the WO's I"m doing.
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:24 AM   #13
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Re: Top Factors Contributing to Stalled Fat Loss

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My situation is similar except I know I'm loosing bodyfat. I started CF about 6 months ago and I weighed 245# (I'm 6'2"). I still have some BF but have lost a lot of it. I'm now down to 240 and have been there for two months solid with no movement. I realize in this process that I've traded muscle for BF but I can't explain the stall.

In addition, I've notice the BF is coming off MUCH slower now.

All in all I'm stronger and I know I'm in better shape, I just feel like I should be down around 200# for my height and the WO's I"m doing.
Marcus, during this time have you ever taken an extended rest week (1 full week)? I think that overtraining can lead to a build up of the stress hormone cortisol, which could stall any progress. Taking some time off sometimes brings you back refreshed and ready to lose some more fat. People tend to take a week off every 3 months or so.
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:24 AM   #14
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Marcus, during this time have you ever taken an extended rest week (1 full week)? I think that overtraining can lead to a build up of the stress hormone cortisol, which could stall any progress. Taking some time off sometimes brings you back refreshed and ready to lose some more fat. People tend to take a week off every 3 months or so.
Over Christmas I took a week off and just this past week I took two days off in a row. I feel good and I can see that I've made progress but I'm just baffled about the stalled weight loss.

I know that I've put on muscle mass. I recently gave three shirts to goodwill because they didn't fit anymore and some of my other shirts are starting to fit tight as well. I would like to possibly add some more running into my WO's but at 240 I'm concerned about the added impact on my joints.

I should also mention that I'm 47 years old. I'm not sure if that is an issue.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:21 AM   #15
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Re: Top Factors Contributing to Stalled Fat Loss

Same here. Definitely put on muscle mass but the fat loss is going nowhere. I'm spitting in vials today for my cortisol test. Would be nice if that were the issue.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:56 AM   #16
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I would like to possibly add some more running into my WO's but at 240 I'm concerned about the added impact on my joints.

I should also mention that I'm 47 years old. I'm not sure if that is an issue.
Look into the Pose Running technique.

I had the same concern as you, at age 43 and with a knee that is still not quite fully recovered from an MCL injury. I'm still brand-spankin'-new to Pose, but even the little bit of it that I can do is making a huge difference for me in terms of times, efficiency, and shock to the joints. I'm not sure what I weigh (don't care either), but I definitely still have a spare tire or three to lose.

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Old 01-15-2010, 08:58 AM   #17
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I changed to 3400 calories a day with a 60-40 split of fat to protien, with carbs just being trace amount and a carb. load every 14 days for the day. The fat is now coming off, so much so that my wife the other night asked if I was taking anything to drop fat.
I'm starting to think this might be it. This last week I made a very concerted effort to increase my protien intake to as close to 1g/bw as I could and also increase the fat. Suddenly the scale #'s are moving a bit. I seem to be a solid 203-205 rather than 205-207.

Will report changes next week.
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:47 PM   #18
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Sure enough I have high cortisol as well as a completely flipped cortisol profile. Low in the morning and high at night. No wonder I have problems sleeping.

I'll report back in 3 months and see how the supplements do in fixing this.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:08 PM   #19
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Sure enough I have high cortisol as well as a completely flipped cortisol profile. Low in the morning and high at night. No wonder I have problems sleeping.

I'll report back in 3 months and see how the supplements do in fixing this.
Thought so.

If you CF + do other stuff that'll usually do it..
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:27 PM   #20
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Re: Top Factors Contributing to Stalled Fat Loss

How do you get a test for your cortisol levels? can your primary doctor do one? I wonder if that's not my problem as well. stuck at about 8% bf on 1800-2000 cals/day all paleo foods. I should be ripped to hell on that amount of food.....
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