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DRAGONCHILDE
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6/10/12 7:45 P

Let me be the first to welcome you to Sparkpeople! You're in the right place for healthy advice and learning to be active, fit, and healthy. If you create a sparkpage and share it (www.sparkpeople.com/community/help_answer.
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"Most of my weight loss seems to only be reflected in my lower half. My legs have tightened up as well as my backside. As I said, my pants size is getting smaller! But my mid-section seems to still be where all of my weight is. Normally when I see people losing a lot of weight, you can really see it in the face and mid-section, but that seems to not be the case for me. My workout regimen in mostly running, walking, and biking and some lifting. Any advice in this area? "

This is unfortunately genetics; you can look to your dad for this. One of the unfortunate facts about exercise is that you can't choose where the weight will come off. It comes off where you're genetically predetermined to lose. There's no such thing as spot-training, so there's no exercise you can do to reduce that. The reason you see those other people losing there is because, well... that's where their genetics say they will! It's not that they're doing anything differently from you, they just have different parents.

Since your muscles draw their energy from the blood stream, and not the surrounding fat stores, the best thing you can do to lose weight where you want it is to keep losing... it'll eventually get there.

"I have started to hit a "Wall". I know this is part of it sometimes. Many trainers have said that losing the first ___ pounds is "Easy", but I am still working out like crazy, carefully watching my diet, and the weight loss has really slowed down. How are people continuing on after you hit "The wall"? Should I just stay the course and eventually the weight loss will start again? Or is there something more i need to do? I know I cant do much more with my diet. I know starving yourself is totally unhealthy. My current diet is high in protein, low in fats/sugars/carbs etc and heavy in veggies as well. "

There's no need to eat a low fat/sugar/carb diet unless you have medical dietary restrictions. None of those things make you fat. It's overindulgence. :) By "watching your diet", what does that mean, exactly? Are you counting calories, eating within a healthy calorie range, etc? It's actually perfectly normal for your weight loss to slow as you lose pounds. Your first ten pounds will always be the quickest to come off. :)

What I will ask is this: Have you changed your program recently? As you drop in weight, your needs change; you need to change up your exercise routine as your body gets used to the activity level and adapts, becoming more efficient and burning fewer calories. You also may need a different calorie range.

If you're still losing, how fast is it coming off? When you say it's slowing down, what exactly do you mean? If you're still losing 1-2 lbs per week, that's well within the range of normal, and not at all a wall or a plateau.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 6/10/2012 (19:48)


XANDERGROOVE
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6/10/12 5:18 P

Hello Everyone!

I am new to the boards and have a question to see what other people think.
First, let me give you my background. I am 36, male 6ft 270lbs. About 11 months ago, I was up around 296 and about to go into "Big and Tall" sized pants (size 46). At that point, I decided to get on track. Today like i said I am down to 270, and in a size 40pants.
I spent 8 years in the military on active duty, so in all honesty its ridiculous I let myself get so heavy, but I am happy to have been able to start to turn it around.

My problem is this:
I have started to hit a "Wall". I know this is part of it sometimes. Many trainers have said that losing the first ___ pounds is "Easy", but I am still working out like crazy, carefully watching my diet, and the weight loss has really slowed down. How are people continuing on after you hit "The wall"? Should I just stay the course and eventually the weight loss will start again? Or is there something more i need to do? I know I cant do much more with my diet. I know starving yourself is totally unhealthy. My current diet is high in protein, low in fats/sugars/carbs etc and heavy in veggies as well.
Also
Most of my weight loss seems to only be reflected in my lower half. My legs have tightened up as well as my backside. As I said, my pants size is getting smaller! But my mid-section seems to still be where all of my weight is. Normally when I see people losing a lot of weight, you can really see it in the face and mid-section, but that seems to not be the case for me. My workout regimen in mostly running, walking, and biking and some lifting. Any advice in this area?

I would appreciate anyones guidance if you happen to have any experience in this area.

Thanks so much! I hope everyone is doing well!

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