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SIMONEKP Posts: 2,602
7/30/13 1:49 P

Yes, it can take a few weeks to start seeing results.

Simone

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7/30/13 12:46 P

If you've radically changed your diet and fitness, your body will need time to catch up. Have you switched to the fitness-based nutritional tracker, and are you calculating enough calories burned? I agree with some of the comments below - you might not be eating enough. If you're burning more calories than SP estimates every week, you might be putting your body into starvation mode even eating more than 1200 calories a day.

It might also just be your body! I can eat right and do cardio every night and never lose a single pound. The big things for me are sodium and gluten (they make me bloat and retain water, and hinder real weight loss) and yoga. Just ST and cardio alone don't get it done for my body, I also need the meditation and stress release to see results. And it took me over a year (a very long and frustrating year!) to figure that out.

Take time and figure out what works for you! And don't be dejected and disappointed - you're doing great things for your health, and muscle tone - even if you haven't lost a pound yet, you ARE getting real and positive results!

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7/30/13 12:24 P

3 weeks is simply not enough time to tell. There could be several things going on...you could be eating too much, you could be eating an appropriate amount but due to inflammation from working out you're retaining water, or you could be retaining water due to a normal fluctuation in body weight from hormonal changes throughout your cycle. Don't give up. Check in with yourself to make sure you're being as accurate as possible, pushing yourself during workouts and fueling your body appropriately.

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ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
7/30/13 11:18 A

You might not be eating enough.

It is what it is....
_KANNND SparkPoints: (46,777)
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7/30/13 9:19 A

How many calories are you eating a day? You are working out a lot and need plenty of food to fuel your body. It could be that you need to eat more. Do keep pushing though. It's not an immediate change. It could take several weeks before you start noticing a change.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,536)
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7/29/13 7:33 P

It's normal to see an upward shift in weight when you first get started. It can also take as much as 6-8 weeks for healthy lifestyle changes to show up on the scale!

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SHANDULA1321 SparkPoints: (1,394)
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7/29/13 2:03 P

Thank you very much for your responses. :) I will just keep pushing on and I will add some strength training. =)

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
7/29/13 1:30 P

It can be perfectly normal for your body to take time to adjust - I didn't lose any weight for about 8 weeks when I started!

One other suggestion, make sure your Sparkpage is set up correctly and kilograms/pounds are used correctly. Your ticker indicates you're at upwards of 400 lbs with a goal of 297, but you write on your page that you're starting at 170. If Spark thinks you're more than twice as heavy as you are, it could be calculating much too high calorie burn and suggesting you eat many more calories than you actually need.

Edited by: MEGAPEEJ at: 7/29/2013 (13:31)
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ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (125,834)
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7/29/13 1:25 P

it is normal, it is common to see weight gain when beginning an exercise programme due to water retention.

2 things you can do:

a) give it more time
b) start full body strength training 2-3/week and cut back on cardio.

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7/29/13 1:21 P

So, I've been tracking all my food consistently, and doing an hour of various cardio per night for at least an hour. I've been wearing my heart rate monitor so I know it's been about 500 calories per night. I've been eating chicken and lean meats, fruits, veggies, and staying away from sugary processed foods. After three good weeks, I weighed in and measured and was rewarded with no weight loss, and an inch and a half gained in my mid-section!

So I guess my question is, is this normal and my body is just taking longer to adjust to this new life-style change, or can I be doing something differently?

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