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Jun 29th '15, 14:15 PM  
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Exercise, healthy diet, but gaining weight?!?

Hey guys! I'm new to this site so I guess I'll introduce myself. I'm 20 years old, I'm on a varsity cross country team, I am 5'8 and 145ish lbs. I run 5-6 times a week for at least an hour at a time with 2 harder workouts per week. I eat around 1700 calories on weekdays, and then on weekends I tend to let myself go a bit and between alcohol and a couple unhealthy meals (such as post-drinking pizza) I go up to about 2500 calories. I've been told that my caloric requirement to maintain my weight is 2400 calories. I am very fit, but I have a layer of fat covering my entire body that I have been trying to get rid of for about 10 months now, but if anything the fat has only built up. I rarely have junk food eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, nut butter, lean meats, and whole grains. I am already cutting down my calories throughout the week, but if i cut down anymore I won't have enough energy for my xc training! I also do weights and core about 3 times a week. Why am I not losing that stubborn fat?? Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
Jun 29th '15, 15:08 PM  
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Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Manchester, UK
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Hi jd818, wow sounds like you are super healthy. One issue is as you get fitter your glycemic store gets bigger and bigger. This has to be totally depleted before you start to process fat stores and reduce. Guess early morning pre-food train to exhaustion would be ideal but am sure some of the fitness people here can answer better. Lot of bodybuilders going for the 0% bf look tend to go low intensity slow burn training like walking. Not sure why this works but seems to. You can usually tell from the way you sweat. I also have a layer of fat but mine is several inches thick Good luck with yours.
Jul 7th '15, 13:46 PM  
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Hi jd818,

Welcome to Social Slimmers.

Do you eat carbs? I would definitely be having some carbs with that routine! I'm not convinced you are eating enough for the amount of intense exercise you do either. Do you find yourself hungry?

Can you get a body fat % done where you workout? Where I train they have an awesome machine that measures body fat so I can stop measuring my progress just by the scales (the pounds)... I also do tape measure measurements not only that but I can get some nutritional advice based on my needs.

Jul 7th '15, 19:04 PM  
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Hello jd818, welcome!

Belle xx
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