Originally Posted by Cameron
So I'm a DI college player and I'm 5'8'' 132 pounds and my body fat is 17.5. I've been home training really hard over the break to get ready for our spring season. I was trying to get in better shape and eat really healthy and lose some weight over the break. I've been eating 1200 calories and working out with weights and lots of cardio everyday plus tennis practice every day so I definitely have a deficit of the amount of calories I'm consuming and burning. And I'm also drinking a lot of water. I've been doing this since I got home before Christmas and have not lost a pound. I'm just super confused and frustrated that I haven't been successful and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. So any advice you guys have would be so helpful. Thank you!!
If you want to lose weight and get fit for top level tennis, you do not want to be limiting your calories like that. That will only serve to lower your metabolism and strength. You need to eat lots of calories from healthy foods (if humans would eat the food 200 years ago, that is generally a healthy food), and focus on intense training. Some intense workouts that I find helpful are 4-5 mile interval runs (jog for 4 lengths and sprint the 5th at 100%, repeat), mountain runs (2.5 miles up the mountain, an elevation gain of 1400', and back down), and suicides on a tennis court or in a parking lot. If you do super intense workouts like these often, your metabolism will be so fast that it will not matter how many calories you eat.