(Closed) Some weight gain, but mostly in hips?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
Hostess
4488 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Are you sure you’re eating the right amount of calories? I also have a hard time losing weight, though I eat pretty clean and workout 5-6 times a week. Whenever I gain/plateau it’s usually because I either (1) am not eating nearly as clean as I thought or (2) am not eating enough calories, causing my body to hold on to excess fat. If you are able, I would talk to a nutritionist to get a feel for what you’re doing and how you can improve. If you’re eating the same things all the time, I’d also consider switching it up. When I plateaued last year, I upped my carbs (high carb/low fat) and lost weight. Now I’ve plateaued again and am carb cycling. I just started last week and am down a pound (on my period too!) so I think it definitely helps to switch things up. I carry a lot of weight in my hips as well, and running + lunges helps lean me out the most (besides proper nutrition of course).

Post # 4
Hostess
4488 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

No problem! I am very new to carb cycling, so definitely take what I say with a grain of salt (it’s also really complicated!) but my very base understanding (and what I’m doing) is that I have my macros calculated for weightloss in a low carb way (but not Atkins/Keto low) and then have more carbs, but less fat on other days. I think a lot of people who are really serious about it do it like this (assuming you start on Sunday):
Sunday-Wednesday: low carb
Thursday + Friday: higher carb
Saturday-Tuesday: low carb (etc.)

Basically they do three days of low carb, then a day or two of higher carb. I do low carb Monday-Friday and higher carb Saturday and Sunday since I’m training for a half marathon and do my long runs on the weekend. Plus, I like preparing all of my food in advance on Sunday and not having to think too much about whether what I’m eating fits into my macros.

For reference, I’m 5’5 and about 153 (fairly muscular). I’d guess my body fat percentage is 23-25% from comparison photos (you can google these).
I used this calculator: http://iifym.com/iifym-calculator/ and for the “goals” section, but in fat loss, 15% since I hate to be hungry and would rather lose weight slowly. I work out about 5 times a week for about 60 minutes (though long runs are over an hour) at moderate to high intensity. It gave me 1578 as my calorie goal. I did not use this to calculate my macros- I can’t for the life of me recall what site I used, but this one is really helpful: http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/ultimate-guide-for-lean-gains-part-1-carb-cycling (if helpful, I can’t decide whether I am a mesomorph or ectomorph, so I used ectomorph- more conservative on carbs- iin my calculations). On high carb days, I do 25% protein, 60% carbs, and 15% fats (% of total calories) on low carb days, I do 35% protein, 25% carbs, and 40% fat. Some people recommend significantly lower carb, but I have a really hard time finding food that I can eat on that kind of plan since I am a lactose intolerant vegetarian 🙂

Like I said, please take this info with a grain of salt and do your own research! I am still learning and definitely not an expert in nutrition, just going by what has and hasn’t worked for me in the past. Good luck and feel free to PM me for additional info/support!

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