station_7 Posted March 13 Report Share Posted March 13 Hi all, So, I'm super confused and hope someone can offer insight. I'm female, white, mid-40s, 115 lbs, not really overweight but "soft and squishy" as my body composition has changed from when I was in my 20s! According to the Body Fat Percentage article, I'm somewhere between 21 and 25% (closer to 25% probably). I consume around 1,400 to 1,500 calories per day. Back in 2020, I made a New Year's resolution to "get abs". To that end, I borrowed a couple of light weights (5 lb) and did random exercises I found on YouTube or made up, about 3 times a week. After several weeks, no changes happened, so I consulted an acquaintance who was a former competitive bodybuilder. He suggested I could get toned by working out around 30 minutes, 3 times a week, and gave me some exercises to do. Several more weeks went by, no visible or ability changes (workouts were the same amount of challenging as they had been on day 1). I guessed that I needed more rigourous or frequent workouts than other people. So, I bought a Beachbody workout series on DVD ("PiYo" = Pilates + Yoga). It came with a workout plan which had me working out 6 days a week using bodyweight for 25-45 minutes each. I followed it religiously for 5 months, missing only 2 workouts due to illness. My before and after measurements and photos were identical, and, as before, the workouts did not really get easier over time. Discouraged, I backed off to doing the workouts 3-5 times a week instead of 6. At the end of 8 months - still no progress in any category. I've tried other workouts since, including Chloe Ting, treadmill (where I can only run for about 15-20 minutes) and am currently doing LIST (low-intensity strength training) for 3 days/week and PiYo for 2 days/week. Other than the workouts, I am fairly sedentary, but still - 100% sedentary (before) vs avg 40 minutes of exercise/day (after) - there should be SOME change, right? Maybe I'll never "get abs" or look like the fitness people in the PiYo video (who are my age!), but why can't I see or feel ANY change? At one point I gave up working out completely for 4 months and didn't notice any change, other than more free time And I still can't do a single full pushup, although I try during every workout (I always have to do them on my knees) and to this day there are some PiYo workouts I can't complete. I mean it has been 3 years. I should be able to do them all and then some. Diet-wise, I've tried several things, including cutting 200 calories/day (very difficult since I would feel so hungry all the time), cutting out sugar, dairy, reducing carbs, increasing protein by up to 30g/day, even Whole 30.. again with no result. I read this article about "why can't I lose weight" and it rings true. My body seems to want to eat the same number of calories every day. The past 2 weeks I have tried replacing one meal/day with a large green salad with sprouted lentils and homemade oil/vinegar dressing, and I'm hungry within an hour, so reducing calories has been my biggest challenge and more vegetables is not the answer for me. I don't do well with feeling hungry all day and night, and it's not sustainable for me. Oh, and I'm currently not working, and vegetables are far less affordable than carbs (like rice, pasta, beans and cereal), but I'm still managing to eat veggies plus my salad each day. I feel like I've tried everything and nothing is working, not even a little. Feeling like I should give up on the dream of "getting abs" and sleeveless-worthy arms, and give in to the couch and pizza. I'll probably still look the same either way. lol Anyway, nice to meet you all and thanks for reading this far! Not sure if anyone has been through this before or know someone who has and has any suggestions. Quote Link to comment
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