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RAINBOWCHARMER SparkPoints: (53,072)
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9/25/12 12:26 P

I agree with the other posters here.

1. Fad diets don't work. They are typically not able to be safely (or sanely) maintained long-term. Hence the yo-yo effect so many people experience on them. Lose weight briefly, gain said weight back (and a few extra pounds for good measure), and start again. Really, it's a bad plan.

2. Eating healthy, staying within a safe calorie range (i.e. put your info in at SP, and they will generate a calorie range for you), and exercising 30-60 minutes a day will result in longer term weight loss efforts. Losing a pound or so a week is acceptable. As mentioned though, as you near your goal weight, the loss tends to slow pretty significantly. It might only be a pound or so a month that you see fall off the scale. But that's the logistics of losing those last few pounds.

3. Measurements are MUCH more telling than the scale. I can easily maintain my weight while putting on fat and losing muscle. I don't particularly care that much about the scale anymore. It's informative to a point, but it's not an accurate picture of your health. Measurements and accurate body fat tests (i.e., not those electronic scales that claim to tell you your body fat %) are much better pictures of your true health.

Healthy weight loss is a process. It takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight, and you won't lose it overnight. But losing it long-term can be done, if you go about it in a sustainably healthy manner.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (73,366)
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9/25/12 11:59 A

1. Measure your waist, hips, thighs, etc. instead of using the scale, or if it's possible measure your body fat percentage. Scales can be very misleading.
2. What is your diet like? Are you eating enough fruits and veggies? Are you eating too much sugar, salt and processed junk? Do you drink a lot of calories? Are you tracking your calories?
3. Maybe you need to exercise more or increase the intensity of your workouts.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,027)
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9/25/12 8:27 A

Diets don't work; especially not fad diets which claim to cut pounds from certain places in your body!

The way to lose weight is simple: Eat a healthy, balanced diet in a calorie range that will result in a safe deficit, exercise regularly with a focus on strength training, and that will do it.

It takes longer to lose 5 pounds than it does to lose 20... t hat's because the closer you get to your weight loss goal, the less you have to lose, and the more the body wants to hold on to it. You can easily expect to lose 2+ pounds when you're over 200 lbs, but with 5 pounds to go, at most you can aim for around .1-.25 pounds per week... tops.

BOR9455 Posts: 52
9/25/12 7:53 A

First off, how do you "half-do" good eating? I would begin by maybe taking a day that you are "half following" the food plan and track each thing you put into your mouth. It may serve as a wake-up call that you are eating more than you think, which is normal and happens to all of us.

In addition, have you taken measurements lately and found other ways to measure your progress? I have reached a point with myself where I worked out very hard 6-7 days a week and I was eating very clean for weeks but only saw the scale budge a few pounds in two months. However, everyone who saw me kept commenting about how lean I looked and how much larger I looked in the shoulders and arms. I did a body fat analysis and took measurements, and they were right, I had gained 2 inches around my arms, lost 1.5 inches around my waist and dropped my body fat from 18.3% down to 16.2%. Keep in mind that weighing yourself is one way to measure progress, but it doesn't always tell you the whole story. You may have lost the fat you were after and increased your lean muscle tissue, keeping your weight about the same, but altering its composition.

KATIEMAE10 Posts: 200
9/25/12 7:44 A

I started half trying the abs diet about 3 weeks ago, I feel great, felt like my clothes fit better, jumped on the scale......no weight lost. If anything, I gained 3 lbs! I really want to lose 5 lbs, can anyone help? I feel like I've been trying to lose these 5 lbs all summer!

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