This question pertains to fat loss, the last ten pounds, in particular - and my body’s stubbornness to it.
First a few stats to give any of you interested the necessary info. Also, thanks in advance for reading - its kinda long:
Present Stats: Age: 34 years old. Height: 5’11” Weight: 197 pounds. Bodyfat: not sure, but feel around 20%
Over the past two months I’ve been tracking my diet daily, below are my averages:
Sugar: 35g/day Carbs: 99g/day Fat: 95g/day Protein:150g/day Fiber: 9g/day Net Calories: 1858
I make an effort to get most carbs from potatoes (sweet, mostly) and veggies.
I rarely eat fruit.
I do have a weakness for beer, I’ve been averaging 10 drinks/weekend, and limit drinking during the week (mostly nothing).
I have been practicing Intermittent fasting for past three weeks (16 hour fasts daily).
I don’t have a sweet tooth, so when I go off diet, it’s usually a burrito or french fries or a cheeseburger, or beer.
Began getting back into regular crossfitting about two months ago after a 6 month hiatus. The two months prior to starting crossfit, I began running regularly - 4-5miles 3X/ week. Currently at 3-4 sessions/week with crossfit.
I have decent strength for my size: squat: 300lbs, deadlift: 400-ish, overhead squat: 195 and place (approximately) in the 70th-80th percentile no matter the WOD. Not bragging, but there is some muscle under there :). Run 5 miles at 9 minute mile pace.
I feel like I’m doing everything right - but, It’s never taken this long. Couldn’t hurt to cut back on the drinking, I suppose - but that was never an issue. I usually start to see results within a few weeks, especially when I hit it this hard.
I guess I’m putting this out there because I’m curious what’s taking so long. I’ve been at it nearly 4 months now and have lost maybe 4 pounds. I’ve gained some muscle back, admittedly, but am honestly astonished at how long it’s taking to shed the weight. It wasn’t too long ago that I could just look at a pair of running shoes and lose five pounds.
Does age play a factor? I’m 34 now, everything seems to take a bit longer to recover from.
I work in an office, sitting on my ass 8 hours/day. That can’t really be avoided.
I could care less about strength - I’m plenty strong, and I’m not that body conscious - where my ultimate goal is to get shredded. I prefer to be leaner.
Just want to get down to 185 pounds and 15% bodyfat more or less.
My average net calories are at 1800. Am I eating too much?
Now that my strength is back from all the Crossfitting, should I switch over to more cardio: longer runs, and bike rides? These seem to do nothing.
Any advice is much appreciated.