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7/2/13 7:09 P

I'm sure you have heard that muscle weighs more than fat, and your issue could just be that, especially if you are doing enough exercise to be sore--being sore means your muscles are going to be retaining water for their healing/strengthing process too. When one is probably losing fat but not weight, sometimes it is better to compare body measurements with a tape measure from week to week. Even that may not tell the truth with water retention, but rest assured, if you are losing fat, it will show in the end!

AND think how much stronger you are now than you were before! Really that is an accomplishment too. This is about self improvement, not just about some number on a scale, and you are on your way!

Edited by: EMAVERICK at: 7/2/2013 (19:11)

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6/30/13 11:13 P

Only losing a couple lb in a couple of weeks - CELEBRATE - there are many who would give their right arm and more for that kind of success.

My on loss was 50lb in 16 months, then I sat there for a year before moving on down again.

Also, don't focus on the scales - they are only a small part of this journey. There are tons of other more important factors - things like the quality of your sleep; how your clothes fit; your energy levels; the quality of your skin/hair; your blood sugars and cholesterol levels; and last but by no means least, your BP.


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 6/30/2013 (23:14)

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6/30/13 4:44 P

Thank you for the input. I do feel better and stronger at least, its just that darn scale! argh! It seems weird to have to eat more, but I talked with someone at church this morning and they said the same thing about the body and survival mode. SO, I am going to eat more, but be careful what it is.

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6/30/13 1:47 P


It's only been a couple of 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. This isn't the Biggest Loser. Those types of dramatic weekly losses are just not typical. The fact is, you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. 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.

So, don't assume something is wrong because the weight isn't coming off as fast as the Insanity infomercial said it would. I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Remember, there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes. Weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. If you are eating right, watching your portions and getting some regular exercise, the weight will come off on its own.

People assume the minute they start exercising and cutting calories, the weight drops off. Weight loss isn't that simple. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.

Patience, it's a virtue.

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6/30/13 1:31 P

It could be that your body has gone into starvation mode due to your extreme exercise and low calorie intake. You muscles are probably holding onto water as well. With the number of calories you are burning with Insanity, you need to eat on the higher end of your range or go back and adjust your calories to take into account that burn.

And if you are looking for a reasonable, maintainable weight loss, 2 lbs in 2.5 weeks isn't bad. Some weeks, I lose pounds, some weeks I don't. It's a cumulative amount over a length of time.

Don't get discouraged, if you eat healthy and work out, you will lose weight, you just need to make sure you eat enough to maintain that level of exercise.

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6/30/13 12:03 P

I started doing Insanity 2 1/2 weeks ago. I have been watching what I eat and started tracking here on Sparkpeople since last weekend. I have only lost 2 lbs. I have done fad diets before and no exercise and lost 10lbs in 2 weeks. What am I doing wrong? My range for calories is 1200-1500 and I have been on the lower end this whole past week. I am 5'3" and 180 and 49 yrs old. I know its harder when your older, but the exercising has been crazy and I have been doing well with it, so much so, that on the rest day I still want to do something...
Any thoughts?

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