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My Wife Is Pregnant And I Can't Lose Fat! What's Up?

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My Wife Is Pregnant And I Can't Lose Fat! What's up?

I've read all of your answers and they make a lot of sense. I have a problem I haven't seen up before and maybe you can help me. I've never had any problem losing weight or gaining weight depending on my sport. My wife is currently pregnant with our first kid and I can't lose a pound! I have tried every diet I can think of without success.

I've heard of sympathy pains but this is ridiculous! The only good news is I'm maintaining my weight strength and not getting any fatter. I'm 6'0", weigh 250 pounds, and according to my body fat scale I'm 18% body fat. Just so you know I'm not a couch potato I included a sample diet. I work out 6 days a week. I do at least 20 minutes of cardio everyday before I lift but on my 2 non-workout days I do 45 minutes of cardio. Below is a sample of my current diet which only includes low glycemic index carbs. I've tried a lot of different diets including Atkins but I haven't seen any results, I feel like I'm jinxed, please tell me this has nothing to do with my wife's pregnancy and there is hope!

6 egg whites

10 a.m.
1/2 cup broccoli
Protein shake (22g protein, 1.5g carbs)

1 can tuna with cabbage & celery with tablespoon of low fat mayo

2 p.m.
1/2 cup broccoli
Protein shake (22g protein, 1.5g carbs)

3 p.m. Workout

High glycemic index carb, usually 1 cup watermelon with 8 grams of glutamine & 5 grams of creatine

7 p.m. dinner
This is the 1 meal my wife makes but everything is low fat/low sodium. Yesterday was typical:
Grilled chicken breast
Grilled vegetables
Salad with balsamic vinegar

9 p.m.
Protein shake (22g protein, 1.5g carbs)


Wow, I feel for you man. That diet should definitely do something for you unless it is too low in total kilocalories. Yes my friend on rare - rare occasions people will go the distance and intake so little kilocalories that their metabolism slows/shuts down. The body believes that the individual is going through a period of famine and holds on to every last tiny morsel that enters it. This means that even if the person eats one meal the body will do every thing it can to preserve energy. The body is on lock down and does not want to give anything up.

I quickly sized up your diet and I honestly believe that you are not getting enough protein and you are not consuming enough carbohydrates to keep the blood stream saturated much less the muscles and liver. I know what the readers are thinking… "Wait - wait did Dino just tell someone that they are not eating enough carbohydrates? This is a miracle!" C, you have my permission to EAT!

You are doing really well by frequent having small meals through out the day and your timing is right as far as high G.I. issues are concerned. I would like to see you eat 40-50 grams of protein a sitting. Do this for you protein and fibrous vegetable meals and take in at least 100 grams of carbs before and after your training session. This means that you will only be doing this on training days. Besides these days stick to how you were eating before but throw in the new protein recommendation.

This has to be the answer because it is not the fact the your wife is pregnant. By the way, congratulations on your expectancy. I bet that your strength increases, your muscles feel fuller, you shed fat, and begin to feel great after making these adjustments. It is a wonder to me how your strength never fell in the first place, you must be a dedicated individual and were fighting through every workout to use the same weight over and over again. Still it is amazing because you said that your strength was stable, who knows, the mind is too powerful for us to comprehend. I have been in your position before, trust me this is the ticket. Good luck and thanks for being a regular reader, I am happy to be able to assist!

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