It can be confusing, that's for sure! I've been trying to lose weight for the past year. My health care people told me to try Doug Kaufmann's anti-fungus diet. Didn't work. I exercised some with it but not a lot. Then the doc PROMISED I'd lose weight with the low-glycemic index diet. Tried that ... didn't work. Again, I didn't exercise a lot. The thing for me is I will lose weight in the first three weeks and then the weight comes right back on. I changed doctors (closer to home) and this new gal told me to exercise an hour a day (work up to it) at least 5 days a week plus do WW. I decided to rejoin SP instead ... it's free!
I've been working out an hour a day for the past month plus watching what goes in my mouth. I've done the same thing this time - I gained 2 pounds last weigh in, BUT I'm staying with this one because even though I gained back 2 pounds (for no reason), I did lose inches. One of the SP articles say weight loss won't be even. So, I'd say keep it up. Keep exercising and watching those calories and eventually, you will see the weight/inches come off. You know it is healthy to do it.
I exercise with Leslie Sansone ... I'm walking 5 miles a day with her now. I'm stronger. I can see some difference in my body. I won't quit ... hope you won't either!
Edited by: DAKOTA50 at: 1/3/2013 (12:34)
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20,739 1/3/13 12:29 P
What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. It's 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.
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. This isn't the Biggest Loser. 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.
So, don't assume something is wrong because the scale goes up occasionally. You're going to see many ups and downs on the scale as you lose. the fact is there really are a number of different reasons you could gain weight that have nothing to do with the food you eat.
When you begin an exercise program, it's not unusual to see a gain in the scale. when you work your muscles intensely, the fibers soak up water like a sponge. this is what they are supposed to do. As a result, you'll see the scale go up because of that water weight. However, this is temporary. Your muscles will release any excess water they don't need once they've adapted to the new routine.
As far as what to do for exercise, what matters most is CONSISTENCY. Remember, the exercise doesn't stop once you've lost the weight. In order to stay healthy our entire life, we need to be active in some way. Therefore, it's important that your exercise be sustainable.
Don't worry too much about where your HR is right now. Instead, concentrate on an exercise program that you can maintain.
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5,088 1/3/13 12:27 P
Someone will be able to explain this better than me, but that's just your body adjusting to the exercise. If I can remember correctly, it's water weight.
If you entered your information into SparkPeople correctly, (current weight, how much you need to lose and when you want to reach your goal) it gives you a calorie range for weight loss as well as how many calories you should aim to burn each week. If you want to, you can adjust the number of calories you aim to burn on a weekly basis, which will adjust the amount you need to eat. We don't know what your maintenance range is, so we can't judge whether or not that range is appropriate for weight loss. It could be too high or low, or it could be in the ball park.
It sounds like you're getting plenty of exercise. If you stick to your calorie range SparkPeople gives you, continue to eat a healthy, balanced diet and keep up the exercise you should see success. Most of our bodies are stubborn and it takes a few weeks to show any signs of weight loss. Hang in there :)
I hope someone out there can explain why after my first week of diet and exercise do I not see any weight loss ( i gained 1.5 lb)? Im confused...how do you know if you are working out enough to loose weight?
How frequently should I workout? I read an article saying the minimum is 1hour a day 5 days a week to effectively loose weight. I've been doing 30mins for 3 days a week. Could it be Im not getting enough exercise?
My diet is eating fruits and veggies, home cooked food and water. I don't want to starve myself because I've done that, lost weight, and gained twice as much later. I've also incorporated protein shakes and weightloss supplement ( oxyelite pro) which has help with managing portions. I also cut my calories to 400 less then what it takes my body to maintain. is that ok?
When I go to the gym what is the most effective workout cycle? I usually go on the eliptical for 20mins and then some of the weight machines for another 20.
I also notice my heartrate is reach high 160's 170's just on the eliptical! is that ok?
Any comments or advice is much appreciated, I wish I had a coach or could afford a personal trainer! lol
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