Originally Posted by chupachups
Hi, id like to add to this thread as im in a very similar situation to you, James. I too have been upping my activity and cutting my cals back, and my results have been very strange.
Im currently about 196lbs, but started off at 194..a gain of 2lbs. I eat around 2000-2200 cals a day and have been doing at least an hour and 30 mins exercise daily, including road cycling, walking, using wii fit and strength training (strength training I was doing prior to my diet).
The cycling along with doing bodyweight squats seems to have added 1/4 inch of muscle to the bottoms of each thigh and another 1/2 inch to each calf amazingly, so im guessing this is why my weights gone up. Im wondering however if im eating too few calories for the amount of exercise im doing, as my actual weight doesnt seem to be shifting at all.
I get about 140grams of protein on a good day. Am I eating too few cals and not enough protein in general?
I would say that depending on your age and metabolism, you are eating a decent amount of calories - You should be seeing an average of 1000-1200 calories per day in balance and a weight loss of ~2lbs per week (if you believe the fitday estimate of 3500 calories being equal to 1lb in weight).
In general there are only a small number of reasons for lack of weight loss:
You are eating too many calories (are you really counting everything including drinks etc.)
You are not doing any excercise - sounds like this is out if you are gaining muscle.
Your body has gone into preservation mode - conserving calories - depends on your metabolism
You have some other medical condition.
The more muscle you build the more active your metabolism. So keep that up. You are definately eating enough protien - your body can only take so much, the rest is tends to dispose of anyway.
Do some research into your metabolism and check that you are definately creating a calorie balance and also make sure that you are anal about counting every single calorie. I started working out in December and had no weight loss for 3 months. I then started recording everything and am now losing weight.
Keep up the good work and see you at the low weights!