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BANDOMOM1
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7/24/13 2:11 P

Don't panic, I too worked so hard, doing everything right and scale would not Move!! For months!! I finally realized it was a medication that I have been taking. I recently stopped, and I am almost positive this is the solution..Good Luck

Edited by: BANDOMOM1 at: 7/24/2013 (14:12)


HMILLY2020
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7/9/13 7:37 A

Perhaps use heavier weights. Heavy weights will not bulk you up. Women simply don't have that ability because we don't have the amount of testosterone that men have and even if we did, you wouldn't go to bed one night with your regular arms and wake up with huge Popeye biceps, so bulking up shouldn't be a worry.

In fact, research shows the more muscle you have, the more revved your metabolism gets and in turn, you burn more calories.

Make sure you take your measurements and take photos every 30 days. Changes in your body takes time and patience so photos and measurements are a great way to see how far you have come.



CREICHEL
Posts: 106
7/8/13 9:57 P

Hang in there. Don't stop. When I first started I barely lost a pound for at least 6 weeks. Then all of a sudden it started dropping rapidly.

Edited by: CREICHEL at: 7/8/2013 (21:59)


SIMONEKP
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7/8/13 1:54 P

You should look at your calorie intake/expenditure- you need a deficit to lose weight.



JCKBSMITH23
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7/8/13 11:18 A

I think that you have gotten some great advice already on here. The only thing I can think of is that muscle weighs more than fat. Also, you feel more hungry when you exercise. There have been many studies on this and it henders your weight loss because you go home and eat more. Anyways, I hope this works out for you!



_KANNND
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7/8/13 11:09 A

Make sure you are measuring and not just watching the scale. As far as food, how many calories are you eating? It could very well be that you aren't eating enough food for as much as you are working out.



DRAGONCHILDE
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7/8/13 11:07 A

" I have been doing lower weights(not too low and not too high-enough to do get tired around the 8th rep) and higher reps because I'm female and want lean muscle. "

Naturally you're going to lift lighter than he does (simply because he's stronger) but in fact, women and men DO NOT need to lift differently! You don't have the testosterone in your body that's needed for big, bulky muscles. It's a common misconception that women have to lift differently, or end up looking like men:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=1662




WADINGMOOSE
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7/8/13 10:05 A

My husband and I have been going to the gym consistently for the past 6 weeks. I do mostly cardio (3x a week, intervals) + 2 days of strength. He does 3 days of strength and only gets cardio when we walk the dog.

He started gaining weight and losing size (his legs are awesome). I started losing size as well, but the scale didn't budge much for me.

In the last week, he lost all the weight he'd gained in the last 6 weeks - 10 lbs.

I lost 1 lb and a little more size - I've been measuring myself.

For me, the size is a little more important than the scale and I'm thinking about getting rid of the scale because it's too discouraging for me when I'm actually seeing results in other ways. You know?



ARCHIMEDESII
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7/8/13 5:42 A

JNLITTLE04,

As others have already noted, it's not unusual to see a gain in the scale at first. It really is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. 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. This too, shall pass. You're going to see many ups and downs of this kind as you lose. And that is perfectly normal.

Why is your boyfriend losing more weight than you ? It's because men carry more lean muscle than women. As a result, they can lose faster than women. Women have less lean muscle by weight and a higher percentage of body fat. That means it takes longer for us to lose. And that's just the way the genetic ball bounced.

Don't compare your loss to his. Men will always lose faster than women just because they carry more lean muscle.

If you want to lose weight, the first thing you both must pay attention to is your diet. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. You can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. The minute you become injured and can't workout is the minute the weight starts creeping back on. Thus the reason you need to learn to watch your portions as well as eat more nutritiously.

Also, your workout should be sustainable. Don't try to do too much too soon or you're at risk for burnout, fatigue and injury. The right amount of exercise will keep our bodies fit. Too much can actually break down our bodies and weaken our immune system. The exercise doesn't stop the minute you've lost the weight. That's why your exercise routine should be sustainable because we need to be active in some way for our entire life.

My first piece of advice would be to start logging your food choices if you're not logging. Even if you feel you are eating right, you may still be eating more than you think. Most people don't realize how big their portions are until they start logging. Eat right as best you can. Don't try to be perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

Mostly, you really do just need to be more patient. There are no fast ways to lose weight.



MOTIVATED@LAST
Posts: 14,106
7/8/13 4:47 A

When you start/increase working out, it is a common response for your muscles to retain water. This increase in your lean mass can lead to little change (or even an increase) in the scale, even as you are burning fat. This is actually a good thing, as it helps your muscles perform better and helps them better meet the new demands you are making of them.

However, muscle and fat are considerably denser than fat, and typically this shows up as inches lost, even if the scale is being unco-operative. The tape is actually a much better means of tracking your progress than the scale. You say your fiance is looking smaller - this is defintely a good sign. Hopefully you are as well. And if you haven't been measuring to date, have you noticed your clothes fitting better?

M@L



SUSAN_FOSTER
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7/8/13 12:47 A

Are you tracking your food? You can gain weight on "healthy" foods if they are eaten to excess. Losing weight is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.



JNLITTLE04
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7/7/13 11:18 P

Hi! So, my fiance and I joined a gym about a month ago and have been going at least 5 days a week since we started. A typical work out would be Cardio-20 minutes on stair stepper, 20 on treadmill(one minute jogging, two minutes walking, etc) then strength training. We do one to two areas per day(chest and biceps or abs, etc). We always do at least 30 but up to 60 minutes of cardio and then we do strength training for a while. I have been doing lower weights(not too low and not too high-enough to do get tired around the 8th rep) and higher reps because I'm female and want lean muscle. My fiance is doing amazing and looks smaller, more toned, and has lost a few pounds already...and I've gained weight! I've been eating healthy things-mostly fruits and vegetables and low amounts of carbs. Help!?



 
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