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Old 01-09-2010, 05:26 PM   #1
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Top Factors Contributing to Stalled Fat Loss

I'm 5'10'' 205lbs. I eat 95% paleo, small meals throughout the day and take my fish oil. I do crossfit 3-5 times a week along with 2-3 oly sessions.

I was 205lbs when I started 6 months ago. I'm still 205lbs. I haven't lost anything. Something seems to be missing.

I've tried the following:

Zone 17-19 blocks: didn't work
Paleo Zone 17-19 blocks: didn't work
Low Carb/High Fat Paleo: didn't work

What else could be causing my stalled fat loss ? I'm going to get my doctor to run a slew of blood tests. Any recommendations ?
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Old 01-09-2010, 05:57 PM   #2
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Re: Top Factors Contributing to Stalled Fat Loss

Just my 2 cents, but I went through a big stall also. I started at 314, got down to 241 and the weight stalled; big time, for months. However recently, in the last 2 weeks,I have increased my calories and this seems to be workoing for me. I was doing 1800-2000 a day for a while and was gaining nothing from it. 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.

Not sure if it would work for you, but just figured I would share my experience.
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:05 PM   #3
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Re: Top Factors Contributing to Stalled Fat Loss

How's your performance? How do you look? Your body composition could be changing without affecting the number on the scale.

When you say the diets you list didn't work, how long did you wait to decide that? If you've tried all three within six months, it's possible that you didn't actually follow any of them long enough to get results. Also, 17-19 blocks is a pretty big spread. If you were on the upper end of that you may have been just plain eating too much to see much weight loss.

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Old 01-09-2010, 07:31 PM   #4
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Re: Top Factors Contributing to Stalled Fat Loss

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I do crossfit 3-5 times a week along with 2-3 oly sessions.
Overworking yourself = high cortisol levels = retention of fat

Especially if you haven't taken breaks or performance isn't increasing.

May need an increase in cals too.

Fitday everything and let's see what you're eating.
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Old 01-09-2010, 07:45 PM   #5
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Re: Top Factors Contributing to Stalled Fat Loss

I'm sort of done going down the "it's the calories/blocks" reason. I've played with that enough.

I'm going to get a saliva cortisol test next week. The chiro I go to is pretty certain it's probably high.

That also brings up another point. My xfit schedule was 3 days on with each day consisting of 1 metcon and 1 oly session, I would try to get in another 1-2 sessions before the end of the week. I have a feeling that all the metcons might be keeping my cortisol levels up. I'll find out after the test.

For now I'm going to up the protien and make sure I'm consistantly getting enough fat.

Steven, what's your position on carnitine supplimentation ?
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Old 01-09-2010, 07:57 PM   #6
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That also brings up another point. My xfit schedule was 3 days on with each day consisting of 1 metcon and 1 oly session, I would try to get in another 1-2 sessions before the end of the week. I have a feeling that all the metcons might be keeping my cortisol levels up.
Or just overtraining in general.

Rest days are important too.

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Carnitine is fine if you want to use it... I don't think it will help with fat loss since it's an anti-oxidant though..
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:04 PM   #8
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Re: Top Factors Contributing to Stalled Fat Loss

I would replace some of those metcons with heavy strength training and increase your calories. Any idea what your body fat % is? My guess is that you are not eating enough to support a healthy metabolism. If your body senses starvation mode at all it will hold on to fat. Also, stop stressing out about it...that raises cortisol levels too!! FWIW, I weigh 25lbs less than you and I eat considerably more calories than you do...
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:16 AM   #9
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How many calories do you eat per day ?

I'm guessing im' somewhere around 1900-2200/day. I'll fitday my day today and post tomorrow.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:06 AM   #10
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How many calories do you eat per day ?

I'm guessing im' somewhere around 1900-2200/day. I'll fitday my day today and post tomorrow.
That's not a lot for that activity level.

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