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JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
4/18/13 9:57 A

I'm guessing that your body got used to being sedentary and eating not too healthy, and the changes (though small) that you made shocked it into losing weight quickly. I wouldn't be surprised if it slows down now. I'm not terribly fit anymore (though I was years ago, and am getting there) but when I went from eating terribly to eating healthy, in my range, and exercising, I dropped the weight quickly as well. I know that it will level off and slow down, and that is okay. I'm keeping up with my workouts and changes I have made for life, not "until I lose the weight" so I am pretty happy with it all!

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4/18/13 1:26 A

I'm very fit and when I make minor adjustments to my nutrition, I achieve very fast results like you...I'm not young either (in my 40's).

Definitely don't be discouraged; just keep your mind on the goal and don't give up when things slow down, if they do...

You'll love your new body when you reach your goal!

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4/17/13 3:30 P

Thanks that makes me feel better. I used to be a very athletic person before i had my last child but the last two years i havent at all and packed on the pounds. Previously i gain muscle mass really fast, it was normal for me to gain weight before i lost it but i knew it was muscle, mostly in my legs, i love to bike and played as a fast pitch softball catcher HS thru to College and now into adulthood on city league teams.I never paid much attention to my diet however. But in the last two years i have been very sedentary and just started working out and being active again while watching the nutrients i put into my not a teenager anymore, and i know women's bodies and hormones can change a lot after having children. Thanks for the input and i will keep working and making sure i dont get discouraged to not his my goal weight as fast as i thought i should, looks like i need to change my SP goal date!

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/17/13 3:17 P

It certainly doesn't sound like you're creating an unhealthy lifestyle.

Just don't be surprised if that phenomenal rate you've been experiencing starts slowing, and don't be disappointed. You're shirking the maths already - you should not be losing so fast. We don't know why you are, but based on your descriptions of your lifestyle I'm not as worried now, but it is still an anomaly, and if it slows or stalls, that's not "a problem", that's getting back to being normal. So don't be upset if you don't get anywhere near that 13lbs in that timeframe.

But carry on what you're doing.

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4/17/13 11:38 A

Well in all honesty im not doing that much to really lose the weight. Im running on my elliptical 1-2 times a day, sometimes for only 5 min at a time. I coach tball 3 times a week and run around with all the little kids. In the morings ive been rolling out of bed doing 30 pushups, 30 crunches and sometimes 30 burpees if i have time before my kids wake up. I havent been eating my cal in the previous weeks but recently was able to stay between my normal cal intake which is 1200-1500...all i really did was replace my sugary, salty snacks with healthy fruits and veggies, Im not doing anything unhealthy or extreme...i honestly thought i wasnt workout out enough...but i am still losing weight too fast? I really dont get it. Plus a lot of heavy yard work an gardening, not just planting flowers, more like raking fields chopping trees shoveling dirt...we are creating a retaining wall in our yard and have been spending 3-4 hrs each weekend doing things like this

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4/16/13 3:35 P

You have to be doing heavy weight lifting only two times a week to maintain muscles while losing weight. If you have a reduced calorie diet and too much cardio you may lose weight but it will be muscle, tissue, and water. Try to measures somthing else along with weight like inches or body fat percentag.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/16/13 3:17 P

It's not a good question. Many things on this earth are "possible" but have consequences.

"Is it healthy for me to lose 13lbs in 6 weeks?"

No, it's not. You're not fat enough to lose that quickly. I'm surprised you managed 12 in 7 - at your weight that's phenominal and potentially an indicator that you're not losing just plain fat but rather water and muscle weight that your body actually wants to keep.

You're already losing so fast I'm concerned for your health. I wouldn't recommend trying to go any faster, no.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,443
4/16/13 6:49 A

I agree with Pattiswimmer - while someone who is 300 lbs and has 100 lbs to lose may well be able to lose weight at 2 plus lbs per week, weight loss naturally slows down as you approach your goal weight. And with only 13 lbs to lose, 0.5 to 1 lb per week is far more realistic.


4/15/13 10:10 P

if you are really heavy 300 pounds plus, just starting to diet for the first time, a guy, super young, then maybe but if not it took me 7 months to lose 11 pounds 1200 to 1500 a day exercising 5 to 7 hours a week

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4/15/13 6:27 P

Likely not. The less you have to lose, the slower you can lose it. Fast is NOT better with weight loss! Trying to lose 13 lbs in 6 weeks is more than 2 lbs a week... possible if you weighed 300 lbs, but not at your weight.

Since that's all you have to lose, something more reasonable for you would be .25-.5 lbs per week. You're simply not fat enough to lose that quickly. ;) Certainly not safely!

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 4/15/2013 (18:27)
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4/15/13 5:40 P


While I appreciate your enthusiasm, remember weight loss and fat loss are not the same thing-the more slowly you lose the weight, the more likely you will preserve lean body mass (especially muscle) which is the metabolically active tissue. Remember this journey is about making this a lifestyle and not just a quick means to reach your goal.

Take Care!

Coach Nancy

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4/15/13 5:34 P

Currently just lost 12 lbs in 7 wks...doing mostly diet changes, 1200-1500 cals, low fats high protien....usually more toward the 1200 side of the range. Only doing short small workouts, 1-2 mile walks pushing a stroller 3.5 mph OR 10-15 min on elliptical at highest resistance i can stand distance is usually 1/2 mile. ive only done 2-3 work out vids on SP in the last few days. i get bored easy and need alot of motivation so my work outs have changed up a lot aside from my elliptical. I am looking to burn 1000 cals a week it possible with this kind of plan to lose 13 lbs in 6 wks

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