Why can't I loose my little belly pouch????? HELP

  • I've been working out HARD the last 3 months, burning between 500-700 calories a day and consuming 1200-1500 calories. I can definately notice how tone my body has become, even my abs but I have a fat pouch on my belly I can't get rid of! I eat a lot of fruits, veggies and lean meats and I weigh 126. Am I not consuming enough calories?

    joleen   by: joleen
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    Acidique  4 months ago by: Acidique

    Are you eating 1200-1500 calories a day, and then burning 500-700 of those calories you ate, for a total calorie consumption of between 500-1000 calories? If so, you are NOT eating enough. You need a minimum of 1200 calories to keep your body from thinking it's being thrown into starvation so it clings to everything it can.

    • joleen
      joleen 4 months ago

      Thanks!!! I will definitely add those to my meals! Great advice, I really appreciate it!

    • SPX
      SPX 3 months ago

      I understand where the idea comes from, but there is a lot of misinformation about the body's starvation response. It is real, but not in the sense that many people think. Just do a search for "starvation mode myth" and you will find a lot of very enlightening information from some very credentialed people.

      Beyond that, I can only tell you about my own personal experience.

      Recently I lost 30 pounds, going from 174 to 144. I started out only working out 3 days a week and eating about 2000 calories a day. This was enough to lose weight in the beginning. As I progressed, however, I eventually had to go to working out 5 days a week and eating 1650 cals on workout days and 1500 cals on non-workout days.

      Again, progress stalled, this time when I got to about 152 lbs. To kickstart my progress again, I had to up my exercising to 6 days a week (mixing in days where I just took a brisk 3 mile walk to break up the more intense days) and eating 1350 cals on workout days and 1200 cals on non-workout days. This allowed me to lose another 8 pounds and hit my goal (a 30" waist).

      The point is that so-called "starvation mode" only kicks in when you are at very low calorie levels (think 600 cals a day) and a very low bodyfat percentage. If your progress has stalled and you ADD cals to your diet without increasing exercise, don't be surprised if your weight/body fat % increases, because the science on this is pretty clear. Consume fewer calories than your body needs to maintain itself, and it will turn to itself for energy (with fat being its preferred energy source); consume more calories than it needs, and it will either use those calories to build muscle or store them as body fat. And the body can only build so much muscle at a time.

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