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Our bodies are not calculators. Even if everything "adds up", that doens't mean that you'll necessarily have weight loss!
To get the scale moving, you need three things:
1) Patience! It can take as much as 6-8 weeks for healthy lifestyles to show up on the scale. It took time to gain the weight, it will take time to take it off.
2) Education! Learn everything you can. Browse this site, read the message boards, devour the articles... it's a wealth of information. The Pitfalls and Plateaus section in the Fitness center are a great place to start.
3) Nutrition! You DO need to eat properly. Eating enough to support your activity level, with balanced nutrition and adequate to take care of you is critical. Eating too little and skipping meals won't make the process go faster... in fact, it's going to slow you down! Not eating enough slows your metabolism.
What it comes down to is eating less than you burn. You burn calories by living (your BMR) and exercise. If you don't eat less than you burn, you will not lose weight. If you don't eat enough calories, you won't lose weight quickly, or if you do, it will be anything but fat.
Give it time. This isn't the Biggest Loser, and those kinds of results are simply not reasonable nor attainable for most of us.
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
it's about eating healthy and working out. Calories in and calories out. Burning more calories than you eat. It takes time. You didn't gain it over night.
2/10/13 3:18 P
I try not to look at the scale. I mean I do once a week, but I try to only step on it when it's necessary - otherwise it makes me feel worse about myself because I'm not seeing any drastic change.
Just try to keep your head up and know your body is thanking you!
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29 2/10/13 3:16 P
Yes, Im very impatient. When will the scale catch up with the inches?? I should throw the scale away!! Its very discouraging. except on the days when I have loss!! lol
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2/10/13 2:45 P
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It's only been a week. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. They may even be weeks 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 want to lose. There are no fast ways to lose weight. Here's something I learned from my own years of yo yo dieting and it's this,"The faster a person takes off the weight, the faster it packs back on". Take the weight off slowly and it will stay off.
I can assure you that if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see a change on the scale. But you have to give your body time to change.
Patience, it's a virtue.
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29 2/10/13 1:58 P
Well Im still in. Wasnt feeling well last week and didnt really plan meals and only worked out 3x. I ddnt eat anything too horrible, but i ddnt eat properly. Some days i only ate once or twice. I feel smaller, the clothes feel better but the scale is still over 160. Is there any tricks or secrets to get me below it??
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