Barbii_ wrote: For the first time in over a year, I am adding small amounts of fruit to my diet after workout. Like today with my first meal I added half apple and yesterday I had a very small plum. They tasted amazing!! I do Lean gains and I think since I'm working out during my fast, I'm not supposed to eat until my feeding window, which is usually 2 to 3 hours post workout. But who cares, I'm not eating much food when you tally it all up, I dont think a piece of fruit or some carrots post workout is really gonna ruin my plan. Right?
As I said, I am not really familiar with the leangains protocol/program/philosophy, so I cannot really comment specifically from that perspective. However, from a general fat-loss/muscle-gaining perspective, there is absolutely nothing wrong with (and in fact a lot of benefit from) consuming fruit after a workout. Most whole fruit includes fiber which slows the insulin response, and after a workout, you actually want a spike in insulin levels anyway to assist with muscle recovery/growth. So any program that says you shouldn't eat fruit even immediately after a workout would be suspect IMO.
Barbii_ wrote:I eat lots of protein and vege and little sweet potato/butternut squash/carrots for my carbs. Not really eating beans anymore.I drink a detox tea at night now too. I am not regular at all anymore. I'm lucky if I go 2-3x week now. This is not cool.
Your diet doesn't sound too far off from mine in some ways - lots of protein (chicken/beef/pork/some tuna), quite a few veggies and sweet potatoes (on workout days), and I rarely eat beans/legumes. I do eat rice, but more for carb/glycogen reloading purposes. I drink a couple of protein shakes a day (usually 2 - one in the afternoon between meals and one before bed, casein) and add a carb shake with a little protein during my workout and a carb/protein shake immediately after workouts.
But I have nor regularity issues at all, in fact I am more regular on this diet than I ever was before. So I'm not sure what is causing your issues, except that if you have not been eating fruit, and depending on what veggies you're eating, you may not be getting enough fiber (especially since you cut the legumes). Take a look at your overall fiber consumption and consider adding more fruit and possibly a fiber supplement.
Another possible cause could be dehydration. How much water are you drinking per day? I weigh much more than you (right around 190, still at about 10% BF), but I try typically consume 4-5 liters of water on non workout days and 6-8 on workout days. At your weight, I would try to get around 100 ounces or more per day.
Barbii_ wrote:My weight isnt going down at all. I am staying at 139-142. It never drops below 138. I was 138 on SCD. Yes I am more defined now in my shape but You would think with going to gym 5x week, doing GTF/KIwi/abs, and Lean gains I would be dropping weight. I dont know. My pants are tight in the ass and lose in other areas. I think that's from all the squats and lunges, I have a pear figure so I build easily in my ass and legs, plus I was a softball catcher for over 10yrs so my lower half is very esily agitated when I workout, building fast. So, maybe it is muscle gain but I would still like to lean out, hence the leangains deal. Any thoughts?
You really have to be careful not to judge progress based on your weight. It is quite possible that you have been losing fat and gaining muscle, with the two canceling each other out on your scale. Do you think you look different? Do you take any body measurements?
And if that's not the case, you could be over-training, and not giving your body the recovery time needed to properly burn fat (most fat burning occurs during recovery, not during the exercise itself).
If you're certain you are not losing fat/gaining muscle, provide more info on your complete diet and exercise routine (durations, frequency, etc) along with your sleep patterns and any other significant stressers in your life, and the folks here might be able to offer some suggestions.