I've been dieting for about a month now trying to drop some pounds before the season starts up. I'm consistently on about an 1100-1200 calorie a day diet. I pretty much eat the same thing every day and breaking down the calorie count, that's what it comes up to. I don't snack, I don't eat late at night and I do 60-90 minutes of cardio a day, at least 5 days a week, varying the intensity from day to day. Most of the cardio is lower intensity (avg heart rate 135ish) to try to promote fat burning but I do throw in a hard day (avg heart rate 160ish) about once a week just to keep my cardio system honest.
Problem is, I'm not really losing any weight. I lost a pretty decent amount in the first 10 days then nothing. In fact, I've actually gained back a couple of pounds, which is mind boggling to me considering what I'm eating.. or not eating I guess I should say.
Here's my typical diet. I might venture off this maybe once a week and eat something different but even then, it's something reasonable like some kind of grilled meat and a vegetable.
Breakfast - Clif bar & some kind of 0 calorie drink
Lunch - 1 sandwich, wheat bread (50 calories a slice) and some deli turkey
Dinner - 3 sandwiches, wheat bread (Same 50 calories a slice) and again, deli turkey
I just switched to a different bread thats 40 calories a slice and actually tastes better than the 50 calorie stuff I've been eating but I've only been eating that a couple of days.
No mayo, etc. Bread, meat, that's it. Sometimes I'll eat sliced chicken instead and occasionally maybe sliced ham but it's always some kind of deli meat. Sometimes Ill add in a slice of fat free cheese and sometimes I'll eat a small salad, no dressing, croutons or anything. A lot of people say to write down what you eat to keep track of it and I'm a big fan of doing that myself. What I've listed above, that's it.
As you can see, pretty minimalistic. Add in the 60-90 minutes of cardio I'm doing and I'm kind of at a loss as to why I'm not seeing a drop on the scales. I'm hoping maybe my body just hasn't "thrown the switch" yet for it to start losing weight and a couple more weeks will see some results.
If calories in - calories out = weight loss, I should be WAY ahead of the game and I'm just not seeing it.
I'm not really starving eating like this but it's kind of boring to eat this way with no reward on the scales
So, anyone got any ideas of variations I could try to work in or should I just keep doing what Im doing and give it some more time?