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JCWIAKALA
Posts: 347
2/27/13 3:48 P

It took 6-8 weeks of going to the gym before I saw real positive results. Some suggestions: make sure you're eating enough for the amount of exercise you're doing, be real honest with yourself and make sure you're recording everything accurately, and focus on nutrition. I had a nice weight loss last week while I focused on cutting back my carbs (to 50%) and increasing my protein.



LITTLEWHIMS
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Posts: 4
2/27/13 3:23 P

I've been frustrated with this too... I've been working out quite a bit more since January (from nothing a week to 5+ days a week), and the scale is slowly going up. However, my measurments stay the same. Also, I notice in the mirror that various parts are more defined than ususal. So my guess is that it could be water retention, but also muscle gain.

A friend of mine (who used to be very active) said that she used to be much heavier than she is now. Not because of fat, but because of muscle. She's still very thin now, but much weaker. I wouldn't get too upset at the scale.



IRISHFANUH87
Posts: 1,038
2/27/13 3:02 P

Yes give it some time! It is sooo hard when you have to wait to see results when you feel like you're doing everything right but hang in there!



RACHAELRENEA
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Posts: 2
2/27/13 2:34 P

Thank you! I know I didn't gain the weight overnight and I won't lose it overnight, it is just frustrating when trying and you don't see the results right away. I have heard it can also take up to 6 weeks before you really notice a difference.



LILLIPUTIANNA
Posts: 1,038
2/27/13 12:04 P

Make sure you're not eating too much sodium and that you're drinking plenty of water. If it's water weight, it should melt off soon.



RENATARUNS
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Posts: 1,105
2/27/13 11:46 A

It's easy to gain a little weight when you start exercising due to water retention. Some people seem to be more susceptible to it than others. It's completely meaningless, though.

It's also possible to gain a few pounds due to day-to-day fluctuations (again just water) or monthly ones (again just water), and it's easy to miss that that's what's going on if you're not paying very close attention.

You know you've been eating in your calorie range and you know you've been working out -- given that and your pants not being any tighter you can be quite confident the gain is not real weight and that you should see it disappear again as your body adjusts. You could easily have actually lost a pound or so of real weight already and just not be seeing it on the scale yet.

The one thing besides that that I expect people will bring up is double-checking your food -- both that you're tracking accurately and not missing something, and that the calorie range you're going for is actually the one you belong in given your level of exercise. (It may not be. Sparkpeople adjusted me up something like 300 calories per day once I entered my actual anticipated fitness minutes instead of what they put in for me.) Eating below your correct calorie range doesn't necessarily help and can be harmful in the long term.

Good luck! It'll happen.

Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 2/27/2013 (11:49)


RACHAELRENEA
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2/27/13 11:16 A

Good Morning! I joined the gym 2 weeks ago and have tried to go at least 4 days a week. I usually do 15 minutes on the bike and 30 - 40 minutes on the treadmill. I incline the treadmill to 5% and walk at a fast pace of 3.3. Maybe twice a week I do weights, but mostly focus on the upper part (arms and chest area). The past 2 weeks, I have gained. I am up 4 pounds!!! My pants don't feel any tighter, but not really any looser either. Help!!! Not sure what I am doing wrong. I am tracking all my food and staying within the calorie goal. Once in a blue moon I have gone over, but not by much.



 
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