If you don't have one, I really recommend a food scale (that weighs in grams and ounces). I was never able to lose weight until I got one and stopped eyeballing and/or using measuring cups on my foods. A food scale is the most accurate way to weigh your foods and to actually know that you're staying within your calorie range.
Sounds like you're doing a really good job and I'll second what everyone else has also said, which is to keep at it and trust the process.
1/22/13 5:00 P
It does feel so frustrating when you are being "good" and nothing happens on the scale, but remember that weight loss isn't the only benefit of a better lifestyle! Exercise helps you in so many ways, and better nutrition is something your body will always thank you for. Hang in there, and good luck!
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1/22/13 4:33 P
Have you been measuring your body as well? I wasn't losing any weight, but then noticed that I lost 2 inches off my waist (which to me is a much better indicator than a scale!!)
I feel your pain! I follow all of the advice of Spark coaches and friends, and after years of Sparking, I never lose weight (or inches). I don't want you to give up hope though. Sometimes we can't tangibly see results, but your body is thanking you. There may be something else at play-- such as a hormone imbalance. I've finally made an appointment with a hormone specialist after years and years of a healthy lifestyle without the results. If you keep up the healthy lifestyle and don't see results, make an appointment with your doctor.
Cleriksen, Sometimes it takes a while for our bodies to adjust to the dieting. Other things to consider: 1. Be sure the nutrients are balanced as well as the calories. Are you measuring and tracking your food? If you aren't getting the right balance of nutrients, your body will react negatively. 2. Are you getting enough sleep? Lack or rest may affect your weight loss. 3. Are you drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day? The water actually helps you lose weight faster. 4. Be sure and check the amount of sodium you are eating daily. If you get too much sodium, your body will retain the weight.
Don't be surprised if the scale suddenly drops several pounds.
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1/21/13 3:12 P
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 you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. 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 too is perfectly normal.
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 change with time. But you really do have to give your body time to change. You didn't gain the weight overnight. It's not coming off overnight.
Be patient with yourself and your body. For now, look for other ways to gauge success. Are your clothes starting to fit a bit better ? Do you seem to have a bit more energy ? Can you walk a mile faster today than you could three weeks ago ? Can you walk up stairs without getting tired ? How's your blood pressure ? Do you know that if your blood pressure has dropped, your doctor would be thrilled even if the scale didn't budge. Lowering your blood pressure is a HUGE health benefit.
As the Coaches all say,"trust the process".
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1/21/13 3:07 P
I'm just frustrated. I thought that after three weeks I would have lost at least 3 pounds. I've been working out (30 min good pace walk, about 3.5-4.0 mph) at minimum 4 times a week. For the most part, with the exception of two days, staying within my calorie range (and those two days I went over by only 50 calories). I just don't understand. I know it takes time, I'm not gonna stop but I have to say I thought I'd loose at leas one pound! dang. I'm not stopping though, I know that. Just need some tips or something.
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