The "bump" I'm referring to is that last pocket of fat that sits at and around the navel area on those of us trying to lean out. Robb Wolf says it's a sign of insulin resistance and/or cortisol. Just wondering what those of you who can't seem to lose that little harbinger of metabolic derangement have done to make it deflate. My leaning out has plateaued and I bounce up and down by a couple of pounds during the week - the fat bump stays.
Hack away my paleo friends: Paleo-ish for the last 4 years, strict for the last 3 months and forevermore. Lost about 15 lbs four years ago and have dropped another 13 since going strict this year. Now 5'9", 167 lbs. My paleo means 55% fat, 35% protein, 10% carb (ie. 40 grams); roughly 1,600 to 1,900 cals per day; grain, legume, dairy free; minimal fruit; hardly any booze; some 85% dark chocolate; good sleep in a dark room; low intensity flexibility and stability work plus 15 minutes bike intervals 5 days a week in the gym; high-intensity (interval-like) ice hockey 60-90 minutes once a week; generally mellow and low-stress life; some background level of chronic pain due to arthritis.
I've tried intermittent fasting (16-18 hours) a few days a week, lower cals, carb re-feeds, pulling my pants up so you can't see it...but no change.
Any success to share?
I'm kind of there too - I found what I thought to be a plateau, but I busted through that using IF, and realized I've got more to lose than I thought. OR I'm just burning up my muscle too. But I definitely continue to see signs of fat loss, so I don't think I've reached another true plateau - but it sure does seem slow going.
This does all sound pretty good.
How about some more strength based work instead of the flexibility and stability work and bike intervals? Not that those are wrong, but just for something different. I would take a week off, then start a new protocol. Training fasted, if you can, and look at some 15/20 minute heavy lifting programs.
I would also drop the booze for a month. Just a month. And see what happens.
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