IF you are going to use your scale during your weight loss journey, make a chart and hang it on a wall somewhere. Watch for the inevitable ups and downs, but after about six months with being steady with your diet and exercise plan, draw one straight line from starting point to your six month point. While the acutal line will go up and down, the overall for any six month period should show a decline which should be very encouraging.
In the meantime, you can expect ups and downs in weekly weight, particularly since you took off so fast in the start with a 12 pound loss in one week. A 1-2 pound loss per week is safe, sensible, and average.
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Definiteltly take your focus off the scale and use other measures of success, inches loss, reshaping of your body, improved sleep, improved stamina, all things that are just as valid as the number on the scale.
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You'll likely never see weight loss like you do in the first few weeks of improved eating/exercise...water weight, reduced sodium, better sleep, less caffeine etc etc. While it is fun to lose 5 lbs/week when you have alot to lose, you have to temper your expectations after that first few weeks. You'll hit weeks, even months, where you do EVERYTHING right, and the scale stubbornly won't move. As other's have said, it isn't linear. If you are stressing over the scale, put it away for a while until you can get used to normal expectations.
Keep your eye on the long game when you feel frustrated.
I am going through the same phase of my weight loss journey.I am on the same weight since like last 4-6 week, which feels like years to me. Believe me I am trying to do everything to get through but whenever I step on scale I get disappointed.Is it broken or what ?why the numbers are not going down? BUT I am seeing results, yes Now I can fit into almost all of my small dresses ,which is a very good indicator that I am loosing weight.
banish the scale. it will break your heart every chance it gets. don't focus on weight loss. Focus on getting healthy and strong. the attention paid to the scale number is like vanity sizing in clothing; it's meaningless if you aren't healthy.
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Weight loss is fickle. Some weeks rewarded and some not. Like I stuck to my diet yesterday and exercised for 45 minutes--hopped on the scale today and up 3 pounds. Theres no way I gained weight. I have learned not to stress and I know that it is water and undigested food from yesterday. I have doctors scale (the weight balance kind) at home and I weigh everyday to keep my diet focused. Weightloss is my priority each day its the first thing I think of when I wake up.
A diet counselor told me to up calories by 200 if you are not losing weight-----but its hard if you need to stay in a calorie range to lose weight.
I only weight myself once a month because of the discouraging feeling I had - however, I do measure myself once a week / arms, thighs, bust, abdomen, hips, and waist. This keeps me from feeling discouraged and my once a month weigh-in is always down from the previous month which also keeps me from feeling discouraged.
You didn't put it on in 5 minutes so it won't come off that way either. Just keep doing what you are doing eating right and working out and trust the process. it will come off.
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That happens. You could have started with a heavy day. Early weight loss could be the fat/water/bloat combo. Body could have gone into that "save every calorie" mode and you have been adding muscle density. Hang in there! You will probably start dropping again soon. Scales are great for numbers, but how your cloths feel is a much better indicator.
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12 lbs in a week is an awful lot. But the below posts are correct, weight loss is not linear. Some of the weight could've been water since you started on a good program. But losing is lossing, even if its only a pound. You didn't put it on overnight its not going to come off that way either!
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What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. there may even be week you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. this isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time.
So, depending on how much you're trying to lose, you might see a large loss initially. However, that loss will slow down to that 1-2 -per week. yes, there are going to be weeks you don't lose. And that's perfectly normal.
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Weight loss can be very inconsistent. Don't get discouraged. Keep exercising and eating healthy. I agree with the person below me - take measurements instead of focusing so much on the scale
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Weight loss is never linear. The step-like losing is common, occasionally the weight can even increase only to drop later below the level before the increase. It is a good idea to take body part measurements in order not to get frustrated. As long as you lose fat, the fat deposits in the body must be shrinking, and that can be documented by taking such measurements.
Week starting 24/9 I lost 12 lbs so was a good week did all my exercise and ate good. Last week I lost only 4 lbs did the same as before and now this week I have done all the exercise and eating good but i know that i will weigh the same as last Friday come this Friday. so in reality I'm only losing weight every 3 weeks as this happens a lot. does this happen to anyone else? how can I trick my body in to losing the weight more consistently?
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