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BRITISHTEA SparkPoints: (657)
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2/3/12 11:08 P

I would lighten up on the strength training for a while. It'll look on the scale like you're not losing weight when you're actually losing fat and gaining muscle. If you're looking to see a big diff on the scale, don't do strength like you're training for the Olympics. Concentrate on cardio for a while. When you see a diff on the scale, then up your strength workouts a bit more. DON'T GET DISCOURAGED! Focus on how much better you feel and besides, would going back to cheesecake be a BETTER alternative to what you're doing now? No way! :-) Stay the course and you'll get there. One moment at a time! ...besides, it's getting late, GO TO SLEEP! :-)

ROSIERUTHIE SparkPoints: (6,169)
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2/3/12 10:59 P

Can I ask how long you work out for? I was just looking over my calorie differential over time. On The days that I don't work out , I really don't get that 500 calorie deficit even though I stay in my range. I work out 4 times a week for 60 minutes at a time. I also have been doing some strength training as well. I think the days that I push it make up for the days that I don't exercise all that much. I have been trying to walk my dog often and move around more too. I am no expert, but I am thinking you might have to increase your workouts to see a difference.

Edited by: ROSIERUTHIE at: 2/3/2012 (23:00)
LITTLEBO Posts: 1,197
2/3/12 10:28 P

Yes, weigh loss is definitely not linear. And NEVER happens as we plan......Just some things to think about (and I'm not sure what plan you are following): Are you eating enough calories? Sometimes increasing protein and decreasing refined carbs help. There are some articles on the site that talk about plateaus. you might get some suggestions from them.

Definitely do not give up...it all takes more time than we would like.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (142,818)
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2/3/12 9:26 A

COLEYMERRY,

Hang in there ! It's only been a month. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that's 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 weeks when you gain. And that too is perfectly normal.

This isn't the Biggest Loser. Those types of losses are just not typical. So, don't assume something must be wrong because the weight isn't coming off as fast as you'd like it.

Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. As the coaches all say,"trust the process". If you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change with time.

But you really do have to be patient. You didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight.


COWGRRRL SparkPoints: (26,546)
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2/3/12 12:56 A

Occasionally when my body does that I have a 'naughty' day. I eat anything I want. Anything. I know, not healthy and DEFINITELY not something I do regularly. But often it shocks my body into loosing weight again. You may find it difficult to do though, when I make the choice to do it it's hard to have the will power to go back to normal so I wouldn't recommend it if you're not 100% that you'll be able to get back on track again straight away :)

COLEYMERRY Posts: 40
2/3/12 12:29 A

So, I've been following my program for about a month and I lost 3 lbs at first. I work out 3x a week and stay within my ranges for calories-but I only maintain. At work I sit for the majority of time and I'm not sure what I have to do to change my situation. It seems my body is deciding to maintain weight instead of the steady gain that I've had for years....I was kinda hoping to lose though, not just maintain. Any suggestions?

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