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When dieting, how long do you usually go before losing momentum?

3 days
18% (8243 votes)
2 weeks
29% (13061 votes)
4 weeks
21% (9436 votes)
8 weeks
12% (5347 votes)
12 weeks
7% (2974 votes)
More than 12 weeks
13% (5999 votes)
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11/9/2014 8:50:12 AM

I lost to fast the first Time. This time I'm taking it slow and hubby is joining me so I hope that this will help me stick to program. I also have made a lot of Spark Friends that have blesses me with their motivational spirit, stories and encouragement during the dark times. THANK YOU!


5/3/2013 1:55:13 PM

I lose a few pounds (1200 cal or less diet and cardio 6 days per week, strength training 4 days) and then plateau. My husband and kids eat whatever/whenever they want and gain nothing. My husband is active but no formal exercise plan, but can lose 5 pounds by skipping lunch a couple of days. I guess my kids are lucky that they take after their dad. I'm skipping desert while they are having pie or ice cream. The thing is, I have totally revamped my diet (including portion sizes) and activity level yet seem to maintain a set weight, albeit 20 pounds less than before. I maintained a 20 pound heavier weight while eating what I liked and not exercising. I sometimes wonder if 20 pounds is really worth the sacrifices.


4/22/2013 6:05:45 AM

I used to lose momentum when dieting quite quickly but now I regard my diet as lifestyle. I make minor adjustments periodically but the diet is just the "way I eat". Special events are departures from my normal diet and I don't regard them as falling off the wagon, I just enjoy the occasion.


12/18/2012 10:01:49 PM

I've never been on a diet before - so this is all new to me - but in most activities I pursue, after a month I start losing interest. Should be interesting to see if I can be Sparked into making a lifelong change! I certainly pray so.


11/2/2012 4:08:43 PM

BLUE42DOWN's SparkPage
I never really engaged in "dieting". I did decrease my portion sizes to real servings rather than 3+ and I've stuck with eating reasonable amounts for over a year now.


5/10/2012 11:28:48 AM

SLCHERIE's SparkPage
I stay on track until I lose all the weight I need too, than I keep it off for 2 or 3 years, than for the next 3 or 4 years I put it slowly back on. This has been going on for the last 35 years. After I lose weight this time I am going to do my best to keep it off!!


11/10/2011 8:00:06 PM

very good information


10/30/2011 8:51:23 AM

As a Type 2 diabetic controlling it with diet alone, I can stay within calories and be exercising and still gain weight if my carbs are within the acceptable SparkPeople range. I have to do low carbs to control weight and my sugar levels. The cravings for sweets drop and the cheating episodes are fewer.


10/27/2011 9:54:39 AM

Uh,oh! On the Today show this morning it was stated that a new study found that when checked 6 months after losing 10% of their body weight, people's hormones that cause a desire to eat INCREASE. So it's not all in our heads or about lack of willpower!


9/26/2011 5:18:24 PM

NINACNM's SparkPage
I lose weight VERY slowly. On 1400 - 1600cal a day, with lots of varied activity it has taken 6 months to lose 20 pounds! I have really had to work on my head and accept that I'm in this for the long haul. I tend to stall for weeks at a time and then drop 2-3lb. NY times had a really good article about the whole decrease the cals - increase the exercise myth. It isn't always so simple. Just plug away and if there is a slip, just get back on track.


9/26/2011 10:26:47 AM

I feel like I've been trying for months to lose the weight that seemed came on so easily this summer. It seems every week I get up and say this is the week I'll stay positive and by the end I am just stuck in a rut again! Here's to another Monday and another start!!


9/26/2011 6:42:33 AM

ABBYCOCO's SparkPage
I can typically stick with any major diet change, until life comes up with a major stress, when I'll blow it for a day, and hit the simple carbs.


9/26/2011 6:07:38 AM

I get easily discouraged, so I try to stay OFF the scale! I can be doing good on my eating & exercising, and actually FEEL better physically & emotionally, but if I get on the scale and it shows only a SMALL loss, I get discouraged:( Thinking of each 1/4 lb. loss as a stick of butter helps:) so I lost 10 sticks this week! YAY! Sounds much better than 2 1/2 lbs. lol Too bad I can't take them all off my tummy!


9/15/2011 8:22:05 PM

I lost 50 lbs last year on my own. I still needed to lose 50 more. I slowed down because it was Xmas and we celebrate big. Gained about 10 pounds and then got back on track, but I didn't lose alot, just that 10 pounds. I started WW the 2nd week in Jan. and I couldn't lose but @ 1 lb a week. I know this sounds cheap, but $40/month for 4 pounds is not my idea of losing. I quit WW after 5 months (only 17 pounds) and again I gained back 10 pounds. I finally started again about a month ago because I have my daughter's wedding coming up in 2 months. I would love to lose 20 pounds before then and after that another 25 lbs would be great. It is such a struggle. I read about all you ladies who have done so well. I try to get inspired, but it is so hard and I really miss having a treat. My husband is so thin and he loves me no matter what (we have been married 40 years) and sometimes I just want to be like him and eat anything! BAD GENES I guess!

I notice that I do best if I get on my recumbent bike everyday. It is pretty easy but sometimes I just get lazy.

Stay focused, I love to read your notes, I see other people like me too and we just have to get back up when we fall down.


9/10/2011 3:31:16 PM

CICELY360's SparkPage
I don't usually lose momentum because I change my routine when I start feeling bored. I'm the queen of exercise DVDs, so I always have new routines on hand.

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