Depression and Weight Issues - my spare tire just won't go away! very angry




bbnk85
10-27-2013, 06:22 PM
Help me out please!
I've been living a healthy lifestyle for 2 years. Started at 109kg and now down to 100kg - I've been visiting gym regularly. The result is: I can lift a lot more on bench press and I feel stronger. But I still have that spare tire around my waist. At first I told myself that it will go away slowly. I believed that for 2 years. But still, after all this jogging and fitnessing, spare tire is still there. (for those of you who are not familiar with this phrase - I am referring to my waist fat (which looks like spare tire)).
So please, anyone - help me!
I am now starting to believe that I have some strange genetics (like women have cellulite, which is a genetic thing) and I will not be able to lose that fat....

Thank you for replies.


bbnk85
10-27-2013, 06:22 PM
Oh, by the way - I am 28 years old, 195 cm tall and weigh 101 kg (at the moment).

Kaitie9399
10-27-2013, 08:40 PM
How many calories are you eating in a day? What are those calories made of?


happybug
10-27-2013, 11:29 PM
I hear you, unfortunately the only way to shift the spare tire is to lose more weight and even then you might find you never lose it completely. Even when I was very skinny I had a small roll of fat on my stomach. Find out what your weight is supposed to be for your height and what you can safely lose and as you lose the belly fat tone the area with abdominal exercises. Stomach fat is usually the hardest to shift. Good luck!

Changergirl
10-28-2013, 01:38 AM
It's great that your fitness level has improved and you are much stronger than you have previously been.

However, to deal with the extra weight your carrying around your stomach you are going to really have to focus more on your diet. One saying that I read somewhere that really stuck with me was "6 packs are made in the kitchen". It really is true. The only way to lose your extra belly fat is to eat less calories than you need to maintain your weight.

bbnk85
10-28-2013, 04:29 AM
Thanks everyone for replying. Yes, I am aware that calorie deficit is what makes the fat go away (combine that with exercise and you should be ripped in no time). Unfortunately, this isn't my case.

I eat about 2000 calories daily. I didn't actually count them so far. Maybe this is my mistake. But I eat much less carbs and more protein (in order to avoid loosing muscles, for which I trained hard to get them) than I did before. I consume olive and hash oil. I also eat nuts from time to time.
I can say that I've reduced my calorie intake for at least 30% (again, I'm not measuring this) because I eat a lot less than I did.

Sixpacks are made in kitchen? I totally agree!! Because the gym didn't make my sixpack visible in 2 years...

sacha
10-28-2013, 06:38 AM
A 6'4 222lb man is going to melt away on 2000 calories a day. My husband is the same weight as you and also claims to eat "2000" but I can add up one of his snacks to well beyond 1000 when done with a digital scale and pen/paper.

I would recommend sitting down, weighing out everything on a digital scale, and get a more realistic picture of your intake.

bbnk85
10-28-2013, 08:33 AM
I know that this number is only an assumption. But I don't eat any sweets, I don't use oil at all, I limit the intake of carbs. My food is not calorie rich at all...

sacha
10-28-2013, 08:58 AM
I know that this number is only an assumption. But I don't eat any sweets, I don't use oil at all, I limit the intake of carbs. My food is not calorie rich at all...

But you will still gain weight if the number is too high. If your assumption is incorrect, no matter how "healthy" your food is, the weight will stay.

bbnk85
10-28-2013, 11:26 AM
But since I lost some kilograms, (from 109 to 100kg) my diet should be somehow effective? I am not gaining weight. Do you think that now I have to reduce the calorie intake even more? Because that fat isn't melting, or is melting way too slow. I do not want to starve.

QuilterInVA
10-31-2013, 11:27 AM
I know I'll get blasted, but the only thing that helped me get rid of my belly was a lower carb diet. I eat twice as much protein as carbs - 150/75. Not only have I lost my belly I feel this is sustainable for the rest of my life.

bbnk85
10-31-2013, 11:34 AM
So you're saying I should reduce my carbs even more. Hmm... I think I'll really need to get busy calculating calories. I always thought I could do this without the scale and my calculator...

Mad Donnelly
10-31-2013, 02:02 PM
I consume olive and hash oil.
Hash oil???

Munchy
11-04-2013, 02:18 PM
I consume olive and hash oil.

I don't use oil at all

This is a little confusing. Try counting for a few weeks (complete with scale, and journal) and see where you are. Measure everything. You may find that you're eating more than you think and find ways to cut back. Like QuilterinVA said, I keep my carbs moderately low, but when I want to really lose, I cut them down to just vegetable-based carbs (no grains, potatoes, rice, etc). It really helps.

novangel
11-05-2013, 02:22 PM
Belly fat is the last area to go for a lot of people. Just keep going but I have a feeling you're underestimating your caloric intake. Good luck.

MizzJessica
11-16-2013, 10:35 PM
I understand the frustration! Hang in there it will happen!

freelancemomma
11-18-2013, 08:37 AM
Everybody loses weight in a predetermined sequence that varies from person to person: some people lose first from their bellies or arms, others from their hips, thighs or breasts. If you lose 20 more pounds, you'll probably start seeing a difference in your spare tire.

F.

bbnk85
11-25-2013, 08:55 AM
This is a little confusing. Try counting for a few weeks (complete with scale, and journal) and see where you are. Measure everything. You may find that you're eating more than you think and find ways to cut back. Like QuilterinVA said, I keep my carbs moderately low, but when I want to really lose, I cut them down to just vegetable-based carbs (no grains, potatoes, rice, etc). It really helps.


Hash oil - help oil? I don't know what's the proper name. It's an oil made from hemp seeds. Sry, english is not my first language :)

Anyway, I don't use oil - I meant saturated oil.

Yes, maybe I eat too much. I will start to write down everything I eat...

bbnk85
06-23-2014, 07:46 PM
I'm now down at 208 lbs. The trick was that I was eating slightly above my maintenance rate which resulted in weight loss stall. Now I'm slowly losing weight every week. Happy :) Thanks everyone.