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4/23/13 10:39 A


It's only been two weeks. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. 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. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope. it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days. I can easily gain as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of water retention. So, don't assume something is wrong because the scale went up overnight or even a week. it's water retention, nothing more.

And stop dramatically cutting your calories ! Eating less will NOT speed up your weight loss. You didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight. QUALITY of the food you eat matters. So, if you really want to do something good for your body, stop eating less and start eating MORE of things like fresh fruit and veggies, whole grain breads/cereals, beans, lean cuts of meat, etc...

And you have to stop thinking diet. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you need to start thinking lifestyle change. That's why Spark People encourages its members to start with simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

Take the Body Revolution, if you're finding it difficult to do, then do something else. Take a 30 minute walk each day. there are members who will tell you how they lost 100+ pounds just by walking and watching what they eat. You can still do the Body Revolution, but go at your own pace. If you've been sedentary for a very long time, that may not be the best DVD to use. You may want to try something like Leslie Sason's Walk Away the Pounds or you may even just want to start with a daily walk.

If you try doing too much too soon, you will end up frustrated. try to be more realistic with your goals so that the healthy habits you adopt today, you'll keep for the rest of your life.

Slow and easy really does win this race.

ONEILMCNEIL SparkPoints: (4,298)
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4/23/13 7:40 A

Thanks. You're right. I'd just like to see something. When the scale went up, I was shocked.

EXNOLA Posts: 309
4/23/13 7:35 A

Give it about 6 weeks. If you are still gaining after that point, then change something. People often put on a little bit of water weight when they start new exercise programs. Do not reduce your calorie intake below 1200 unless you are under a doctors direct care. It is really really hard to get the nutrients you need under that if not impossible.
Also remember if you are at a good weight for your height, you might lo very slowly. It could be as slow as 1 pound a month, maybe even less. But, that is still better than gaining, right?

ONEILMCNEIL SparkPoints: (4,298)
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4/23/13 7:08 A

I been really lax for a while. I have just gotten back to being more serious about fitness and weight loss. I'n not too out of shape, but could certainly stand to loose 20 pounds. I just started Jillian Michaels body revolution. I've been eating well, and working out every day but Sunday. I'm only in week 2 and the workouts are hard. I'm sweating my butt off. With all of this I have put on 2 to 3 pounds, I'm very frustrated. Do I eat even less? I'd be going down to about 800 calories a day if I try to cut more calories.

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