I'm logical. I understand CI/CO. I'm fully on board.
But my husband defies logic, to me. He tracks his food, I watch him. He doesn't skip things, he uses a scale, he does it right. I've helped him calculate his calories.
He is 5'10", 195lbs. He is aiming to lose 15-20 more pounds. His weight has plateaued around 196-197 for months.
He's eating 2100 calories, he has gone as low as 1800 calories but that wasn't sustainable. We work out at a fairly high intensity 3x a week, doing heavy weight lifting and HIIT (at least 2 of 3 workouts). We have been working out for over 6 months, but we did increase the intensity in July.
What I don't get? I'm in maintenance. I struggle to NOT lose weight in maintenance. What do I eat? 2100 calories. I am 5'0", 112lb female. I'm supposed to be in recomp.
Funny thing though, he's doing a great job recomping. He's lost 2.5" off his waist, 1.5" off his neck, and 2" off his hips - in 6 weeks. 1.5lbs off the scale in those 6 weeks.
I am glad he's recomping, but what gives? We got fitbits last week, I know we haven't had them long. Mine tells me I averaged 2085 calories in the past 4 days, which makes my 2100 make perfect sense. His says he averaged 3400 calories. He did have a couple of super busy days, but even his slow at home day it says he burned 2900 calories. If he is averaging so far above 2100 calories, why is he only seeing body composition changes not scale changes? I'd get it if it were 2-3 weeks, but we have almost 7 weeks and it's getting frustrating?
Kind of a rant. Maybe someone could offer some suggestions? We're really happy with the changes to his body, it's visible. But he'd really like to see the scale move. I don't think we can (or should) cut calories further if he's burning so much, but what else can we do? Am I unreasonable to expect 2-4lbs a month loss at a deficit over 750 calories?
Just kind of ranting, looking for suggestions. He's going to keep eating 2100 and exercising.