I am a big guy, I was 6 feet 2 and weighed 110 KG when I decided to get into better shape. I have had a fear of Gym and never went to one till now. I started doing weight lifting 4 days a week and cardio twice a week. I divided my Gym workout into Upper & Lower body workouts and also started to eat healthy high protein low carb diet.

The first 2 months I got very good results and lost 6 KG but then after that I have stalled and nothing I try seems to be working. I consume less than 1800 calories per day and keep my carb intake to less than 150 grams. Still for the past 2.5 months I haven't seen any change in my measurements or in the weight. The problem is that now when I train in gym some of my body parts don't feel the heat. When I try to do chest press with 15 KG dumbbells, I feel I am not lifting enough weight, but I cannot go above 15 KG because my arms are not strong enough to support that weight. I need advise from someone who has been down the same road on what I am doing wrong and how to get out of the mental frustration state where I feel I am putting a lot of effort but it's not paying off.

I have been doing moderate cardio. I run for 30 minutes at a speed of 7.5 twice a week. HIIT is something I just cannot do in my current bad shape. Would really like to hear an advice from you guys.

  • Seeing comments like "I cannot do X" indicates you also have an attitude problem towards exercise.
    – John
    Aug 10, 2016 at 8:50
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    I think I mentioned that my problem is my arms do not support more weight. I don't see how you can say it's attitude problem? You could have said just focus on making your arms more stronger first, that would have made more sense to me.
    – Afraz Ali
    Aug 10, 2016 at 9:03
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    I think maybe he referred to "HIIT is something I just cannot do in my current bad shape". HIIT doesn't point to any fixed tempo you need to uphold. An intense interval is whatever tempo is intense for you, and that means that it's something you can do.
    – Alec
    Aug 10, 2016 at 9:32
  • correct @Alec, I also find it impossible to believe that you could knock out a few sets of 8 reps of chest press with 15kg but cannot move up 1 dumbbell size and hit any reps at all.
    – John
    Aug 10, 2016 at 10:53
  • @JJosaur I think I didn't explain in detail. What I mean by not going up is from 15 KG to 17.5 KG and with this weight I cannot complete 1 set of 8 proper reps.
    – Afraz Ali
    Aug 10, 2016 at 12:14


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