Thanks for the input. I was a bit worried that I wasn't doing enough, or maybe eating too much, but 1200 cal is already the bare minimum a 8 year old child should eat so I figured I shouldn't go any lower than that. I'm already doing my exercise about 50/50 between strength training and cardio with about an hour a day in total. I even started running cause I was told that moving those larger muscles could help to burn quicker. I guess as long as I'm losing inches I should be happy about it, but I'll keep my eyes peeled over the 6-8 week mark to see if I finally start losing some lbs.. only a few more weeks to go for that. My doctor agrees that burning it slowly keeps it off longer..
Also try doing a 5 minute warm up then strength training then your cardio. I was told once by a trainer that this helps burn more fat. Also doing yoga and Pilates it will help build lean and strong muscle without getting bulky.
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What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. It is not unusual to lose inches first and then lose pounds. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. there will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal. So, don't assume something is wrong because you're losing inches before pounds.
When will the pounds come off ? If you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see that scale move. Mostly, you just need to be more patient with your body. Remember, you didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight. Slow and easy really does win this race.
And you WILL NOT look like a body builder if you lift a heavy weight. women do not pack on muscle the same way men do. the fact is, we just don't have the necessary testosterone to do it. So, don't worry. make sure you do some strength training as part of your exercise routine.
So I'm a bit confused. I've been exercising for the last month nearly every day, and sticking to a low calorie diet of 1200-1500 cal per day. I haven't busted my diet, and my exercise routine consists of approx 30 minutes cardio, and 30 minutes of strength. I'm 185 lbs, and 5 foot 7. I've lost inches around my waist, hips, and thighs... but not any lbs. Am I doing this right?... I don't want to get all muscular.. I just want to thin up, and tone up.
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