HELP! I hit a brickwall on the diet.

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For about three and a half weeks, I've been following the South Beach Diet. Initial results were great. I lost 11 pounds in the first 2 weeks. At this point, I began to reintroduce good carbs back into my diet, but my eating habits were still very healthy. The third week showed absolutely no loss. I was curious this morning and, to my undermost disgust, I found that I'd gained two pounds in the last couple of days. So, that makes absolutely no weight loss in the past nine days, but a gain of two pounds. I eat nothing but lean proteins like chicken, fish and steak, vegetables, and limit fats, especially saturated ones. The carbs I eat are whole grain, in the form of whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread, or brown rice. I have only cheated a couple of times during the three weeks and they were very much controlled cheats, rather than a binge. Also, I do 20 minutes of intense interval cardio work every day.

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Well, since you are exercising as well...even if it is just cardio....it's still possible that you may be gaining muscle weight. I've seen many people get frustrated with "losing weight". Especially when they combine their new eating habits with an exercise program. Muscle weighs more than fat if youre not aware. You should be focused on losing fat and not weight. Monitor your body fat and how you look in the mirror nude rather than following your weight so closely. As an example, you can lose 10lbs of fat and gain 3 or more lbs of muscle over the course of a couple weeks....now, if youre only tracking your body weight by weighing yourself every morning...and, one morning you get up, hop on the scale and notice you somehow added 3lbs back in weight after youve worked so hard to lose 10lbs...it can be very frustrating if you are using your weight fluctuations as the only way to track your body fat loss. As a suggestion, you may want to go pick up a good book on this subject like....Body For Life...should be at any decent book store .
 

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I have tried Body For Life. Great program, but it's a little tough to do the six meal thing with the work schedule. The 20 minutes of cardio I do each day is basically the interval workout from BFL. As for diet, I've been following the South Beach Diet. I really don't think I can do much better on my diet. I mean, this is as good as I've ever done on any diet. I haven't cheated much at all and my eating has been very consistent.

I am aware of the muscle gain information you provided, but I just didn't think it was a factor. I couldn't imagine gaining much mass from my cardio workouts. However, yesterday a woman I work with was telling me that her husband trains for bike races and will put on 5 pounds of muscle within the course of a few weeks, just from all the pedaling. She says that leg muscle really seems to build quick when going from a state of little activity to a state of heavy activity.
 

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Oh, also I've been taking the Vitamin World version of Xenadrine EFX, the ephedrine free stuff. I'd like to take the ephedrine version, but it's been pulled from the shelf. Guess I really don't know if this stuff works. Anyone tried the stuff?
 
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The ephedrine version is what has killed 2 athelets so far and a few other people. It makes your heart race and elevates all kinds of chemical levels. Stick with the EF Free stuff! How is the South beach diet???? I have been seeing alot of offers for it lately. I was wondering if I should try it?
 

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Ephedrine products seemed to work pretty well for me, when I used them. I didn't experience any nervousness or like side effects. It should also be noted that I used the product as directed. I have never heard tell of anyone that had serious problem with ephedrine that did not take several times the recommended dosage. To me, that's just simple Darwinism. I personally think they jumped the gun too quick on getting these products off the shelves.

South Beach seems to be doing well for me. I lost three pounds since the original post on this thread, so some weight has come off. I've lost a total of 12 lbs. and 1.5" off my waist. The diet is pretty reasonable to follow.
 

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Stillwantmore, in case you do not read DLD's Atkin's post, I'm happy to report that my waist decreased a half-inch during the time I gained this two pounds. Looks like you knew what you were talking about. :cool:
 
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I have tried Stacker II in the past and WHOA!! Speed city, like the old highschool daze! But with all the crap about it I'll pass. I also tried the Trim Spa and didnt see ANY results after 2 months.
 

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The people at Vitamin World in the local mall told me that individual body chemistry will cause results to vary. Could be true, and it could be exaggerated. The old Xenadrine RFA worked very well for me and I was satisfied with my results on Trim Spa. However, Hydroxycut didn't do dick and it was supposedly the be-all, end-all of the ephedrine products.

Also, you're wise to not use the stuff if you actually get noticeable side effects. I know this happens with some people, though I think the products are safe for many and wish they had not been pulled from the shelves.
 
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