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1/30/13 1:36 P

Sometimes you will notice the difference in your clothes before they show up on the scale. Losing inches though is just as good as losing those numbers on the scale. When I first started on SP I was getting discouraged because the scale was not moving but then i started to take notice of how my clothes were fitting and that is how I measure how I am doing.

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1/30/13 1:08 P

Hi thanks everybody! No not just my waist. total bust waist and hips. I lost 3 1/2 from the bust, 2-1/2 from the waist and 1 from the hips which is the place i need it the most!! The scale is barely moving though. Ive been working out 6 days a week cardio and strength training for an hour to an hour and a half a day and following the meal planner.

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1/30/13 6:01 A

Inches lost can vary significantly, depending on where you measure, and where your body is losing fat from that particular week. The number of places you measure also plays into this.

The other thing to remember is your size. 1 inch from someone with a 50 inch waist is just 2%. But 1 inch from a 30 inch waist is 3.3%.

Height also plays into this. A pound represents 3500 calories of fat. But an inch will represent fewer calories on a shorter person, and more calories on a taller person.

Bottom line: with all this uncertainty, you can't really make predictions or absolutes with inches lost.


Edited by: MOTIVATED@LAST at: 2/1/2013 (22:14)

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1/30/13 4:18 A

7-8 inches off your waist? As in you had a 34 inch waist and now you have a 27 inch waist? In 3 weeks? That is a HUGE loss. I would want to know if you might have been really bloated at the first measurement, and really un-bloated now. And then to be absolutely certain that you're measuring at the same spot, same time of day, same tape. Because there can be a huge difference between natural waist and waist at belly-button level. If all that is the same... I don't know what to tell you except that is a HUGE loss. That's quite a few dress sizes.

If you're talking about some kind of "total" inches lost from measuring your thigh, your hips, your waist, your bust -- then it's normal. Nothing to worry about. Sometimes people will measure at multiple points and then add the losses together cumulatively, which is a really bad idea because it's totally arbitrary how many points you choose to add together. I could lose 50 inches in a week if I measure at enough different points. When refering to your "inches lost", make sure you're talking about from ONE part of your body, and specify which part.

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1/29/13 5:02 P


One generally loses weight faster than inches, however, you may want to verify that you are using the same points of measuring. And of course the more points of measurement (neck, arms, bust, waist, hips, thighs and calves) the more likely you will see more of a loss.

Coach Nancy

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1/29/13 4:57 P

I know its not good to lose more than 2lbs per week but what about inches? According to my measuring tape ive lost 7-8 inches since Jan 6. Im hoping youre going to tell me this is a good thing.

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