…Yup. Despite being in a caloric deficit for over 90% of the days in the past month, I still frustratingly have not dipped below 172 lbs. Where do I go from here?
First and foremost, I recognize that weight loss is going to have a lot of ups-and-downs. Due to water weight, sodium intake, daily diet, dehydration, whatever… there will be a lot of variance between your true weight and your weight at that point in time.
So I need to be mentally prepared to continue being consistent despite a lack of progress.
Note that I keep track of a 7 day average of my weight (the last column on the right). And note that on 6/21/2016, even though I weighed in at 172.8, my average for that week was 174.4. And on 7/6/2016, I weighed in at 172.4 (almost the same as 6/21/2016), but my average for that week was only 173.0.
So despite the day-to-day fluctuations, I know that I’m still moving in the right direction.
Second, I should probably up my cardio a little bit. Since weight loss is just a result of burning more calories than I eat, I can either 1) eat less or 2) burn more.
As a 6′-0″ 24-year-old male, my appetite is pretty ravenous already, getting only 1900 calories a day. So eating less is out of the question.
Therefore, I need to get my ass on the treadmill or elliptical and crank out 10-20 more minutes in the gym per workout.
Honestly… what’s even more frustrating is that I have never gone below 170 pounds since high school. Ever since I started cycles of gaining weight and losing weight in college, my minimum was always 171 or 172 pounds before I said “f*** it, I’m just gonna bulk and put on muscle now.”
So if I can break 170 pounds, it would be a huge mental victory for my continued quest to get shredded.
If only I could get there…