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6/29/11 1:12 P

An inch is ~ 10lbs

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6/29/11 12:14 P

I'm around your weight, and it does get slow at this point. My weight loss slowed down from 5-6 pounds a month to 1-2.

Even if there's no visible change, I'd fully recommend getting into some strength training or setting a new fitness goal for yourself. This might just be me, but I find I feel so great after a workout that I don't care if my belly is a little pudgy. If I've had a lazy day, I'm more likely to slouch and feel like I'm covered in a layer of cushioning. When I've worked out, I hold myself taller (as tall as you can get at 5'1 :-)), engage my muscles more and feel trimmer overall, even if I know it's only in my head. There might not be an actual difference on the tape measure, but I can tell you that it looks different just because of how I'm carrying myself (the big smile on my face helps too). I'm ten times more comfortable walking around in a tight tank top after a workout than before.

If you keep up with it, the changes will come - but they might take a while, and you have to be in it for the long haul. Until then, just knowing that you're working towards something might make a difference in how you wear that bikini.

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6/29/11 10:15 A


At your current weight and height, you're not going to see miraculous changes in your body in a week. Someone who is morbidly obese probably could lose an inch of their waist in a week, but not someone already at a healthy weight for their height.

If you want to tighten up your body, then consider engaging in a good strength training program to increase your lean muscle. With time and regular practice, you'll increase your lean muscle and as a result, lose inches. However, it won't happen in a week. In general, figure at least 4+ weeks of strength training before you see a subtle change in your body. And that's not unusual. Change takes time.

Contrary to what the late night infomercials promise, you can't lose an inch or more off your waist if you're already at a healthy weight.

However, if you begin to strength train, you will see change over the next few weeks. You really do have to be patient with your body. This isn't the Biggest Loser. Those types of dramatic results are just not typical.

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6/28/11 9:34 P

Oh, so it isn't possible to see results in a week? I don't have much to lose.

I do plan on sustaining this though, so I guess in the grand scheme of things if it takes a little longer that's okay. I am doing a lot to make myself more active and I am feeling great!

Thanks for your reply!

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6/28/11 8:01 P

Hi Fun,

You cannot rush the process to lose weight. Remember all changes within the body begin at the cellular level so while your body will be experiencing changes, it will take more than a week (sometimes as long as 8 weeks depending on how much weight you need to lose) for the changes to show up. But remember this journey is a life-long journey which will yield great rewards down the road.

I wish you well!

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6/28/11 7:49 P

Hi there, I'm new to the boards, but have been reading articles on this site for years!

I've kind of let myself go recently, mostly through not being as active as I should be (I got a desk job). This is cliche, but I am going to the beach in a little over a week and I was wondering if it is physically possible to lose an inch off the waist in that time. I am uncertain of how much fat in lbs that I want to lose, because I have gained a lot of muscle lately as well. I know that by looking at myself, I can see at least an inch covering my belly and thighs that I would like to get rid of ASAP! I know they say it is not likely to lose less than 2 lbs of fat per week. I'm not sure how much fat weight is involved in an inch loss. I am 5'6" and weigh 127 lbs, if that helps!

I know I may not get many answers, but any general advice or information on this subject would be GREATLY appreciated! Thank you!

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