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    Stuck with weight loss

    I'll get straight to the point here. Up until about a year ago, I was doing very well with my meals and workouts. I'm 6'1 and at my peak (maybe around a year ago?) I was at 204lbs. I didn't really track my macros at the end there bc I knew what my body needed and could adjust based off what I wanted to (cut/bulk)

    Ever since COVID started around Feb/March my diet has been pretty bad. I definitely did not eat enough and when I did it would be snacks with a few clean meals thrown in. Not much working out either. Now I'm up to 230.

    I started tracking my macros again a little over a month ago and with the help of a good friend who is a personal trainer, I also figured out what my marcos should be. I've listed my weight along with my macros but I was wondering if there is something I'm doing wrong? I've gone from eating 200g of carbs a day to 120g a day and still no real weight loss BUT I can definitely tell that I am gaining some good muscle. I thought I may be gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time and thats why the scale may not be moving? If thats the case then should I stick with my current macros (180p 120c 80f) for a few more weeks/months and see what happens?

    10/26 - 230 (180p 200c 100f and 150c on rest days)
    10/27 - 231
    10/28 - 229
    10/29 - 228
    10/30 - 228
    10/31 - 227
    11/1 - 227
    11/2 - 229
    11/3 - 229
    11/4 - 229
    11/5 - 229
    11/6 - 229
    11/7 - 229
    11/8 - 229
    11/9 - 229
    11/10 - 229 (lowered macros to 180p 200c 80f)
    11/11 - 228
    11/12 - 228
    11/13 - 229
    11/15 - 229 (lowered macros 180p 120c 80f)
    11/16 - 230
    11/17 - 228.4
    11/18 - 227.8
    11/19 - 227.6
    11/20 - 227.0
    11/21 - 227.6
    11/22 - 229.8
    11/24 - 229.2
    11/25 - 228.2
    11/26 - 229.4

    SUMMARY:
    I'm not seeing any weight loss on the scale since I started back up with macro tracking and regularly working out (been a little over a month now) but I do notice some good muscle gains. I want to get back down to around 205
    - Could I be gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time?
    - Since my diet had been **** for most of the year, could it take a little while longer for my metabolism to catch up to me eating sufficiently and clean again?
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    how many calories are you eating? and also, don't play with macro splits or try to hit exact numbers. just eat a minimum of 0.7g & 0.4g of protein and fat, respectively, per pound of bodyweight, then fill the rest with whatever
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    Originally Posted by faithbrah View Post
    how many calories are you eating? and also, don't play with macro splits or try to hit exact numbers. just eat a minimum of 0.7g & 0.4g of protein and fat, respectively, per pound of bodyweight, then fill the rest with whatever
    I’m trying to eat around 2000 calories a day
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    Originally Posted by cjp0091 View Post
    I’m trying to eat around 2000 calories a day
    I’m sorry, but you’re NOT maintaining 230 lbs on 2000 calories a day. You’re eating a lot more than you think you are.

    Curious that you said you weren’t eating enough due to covid, when it was quite the opposite, you were overeating and that’s why you gained weight.

    Eat less.
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    You may be retaining water for some reason the last few days of that data set. You probably are trending down but not enough to indicate that you are in anything more than a very mild deficit.

    Tighten up counting, weighing, measuring everything you consume, stick to a true 2000 for another 2 weeks and see what happens.
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    Originally Posted by cjp0091 View Post
    I’m trying to eat around 2000 calories a day
    You are easily exceeding that number. Try harder.
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    "around" means "I'm not being that accurate with my counting and tracking"

    OP you may be taking in 2K calories a day or 2 a week however it's overall weekly calories that matter. You'll need to dial in your weekly intake and that will mean you'll need a lower overall number.

    To find your actual daily amount add up a weeks wort and divide by 7 and that is your true daily amount and if you're figuring correctly it will be a good bit above 2,000
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    Ever since COVID started around Feb/March my diet has been pretty bad. I definitely did not eat enough and when I did it would be snacks with a few clean meals thrown in. Not much working out either. Now I'm up to 230.
    You didn't somehow gain 20+ pounds by eating "too little" over the past 9 months. That idea is utterly ridiculous.

    For that to have happened, you had to have been eating over maintenance all of that time.

    The fact that you "think" that you weren't eating much tells us that you either aren't honest with yourself about how much you eat or that you literally have no clue how many calories you have been consuming.

    Which in turn explains why you aren't losing weight on what you claim is "less than 2000 calories/day". You either aren't honest with yourself or your tracking is way off.
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