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Friday, September 13, 2013

The scale doesn't tell the whole story:

I started Ideal Protein July 3 at 235 lbs (all weights are naked). I decided it was time start working out at 204 lbs, which I hit in mid Aug. I was becoming concerned about my muscle loss... shrinking arms, etc. I began my weight lifting regime, abs, and running. I am up to 3.3 miles in 35 minutes, not too shabby for a mid forties guy. I also upped my protein to 0.9 grams/lb lean body mass, minimum per day. I continue to restrict carbs, allow cheats here and there, but religiously track calories to understand my new working envelope. Here's what happened...

After working out for the past month, my weight hasn't moved more than a pound or two each way. I became a bit concerned with this until I analyzed my bodyfat %. It has decreased from 30% to 20%. My arms have increased 1 inch circumference, and my waist continues to go down in size. This is astounding and I am very pleased with the results. Oh and my coach wants me to take new pictures and use it as a testimonial for prospective clients, which makes me kind of laugh.

So, the lesson here is, if your weight is staying consistent, don't sweat it. You may be losing bodyfat, particularly if you're working out. The true test is how your clothes fit. Remember to eat more protein if you're working out, and always count your calories, watch the weight daily, and get your bodyfat analyzed by your coach (mine costs 2 bucks a shot).

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    Amen, brother.
    1468 days ago
    That is great!!! I am dying to workout again, mentally and physically I feel better when I do, which makes it easier to follow IP. You are right, there comes a time where you need to modify to what you can live with forever. Good for you!
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