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8/30/12 12:15 P


What you're experiencing really is perfectly normal. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong. 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.

Here's the thing, as we age, it does get harder to lose weight. Why ? If we become sedentary and don't do any strength training, we lose lean muscle. That's bad. Muscle is what burns fat. the more lean muscle you carry, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat. So, if you've been sedentary these last few months, that's one reason you're finding it harder to lose weight.

Also, if your weight has fluctuated up and down, yo yo dieting is another reason weight loss slows as we get older. Each time we lose and regain and lose... our bodies become more efficient at conserving fat. I know it isn't easy, but once a person takes off the weight, they can't let it creep back up. If they do, it will take months to take off.

So, by losing and regaining the weight, you've taught your body to conserve fat instead of release fat. In order to release fat, you're going to have to eat. Eating too little will hinder a person's weight loss, not help it. What to do this time is do your best to eat more healthfully. Because weight loss really is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle.

Make this a life style change instead of a diet and you'll never have to worry about your weight gain.

However, it's true, with time... it can and does get harder to lose the weight. so, don't beat yourself up because the weight isn't coming off as fast as it did the last time. Be patient with yourself and your body.

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8/30/12 7:17 A

I would be inclined to say that you are doing nothing wrong. What you lost previously you lost when you were younger. As we get older it often becomes more difficult to lose. It can also take a lot longer to start seeing results, which aren't just measured by the scales or tape-measure. There are other factors to be considered - factors like the condition of your hair/skin, the quality of your sleep, how your clothes fit, your general energy levels, etc. etc. Another thing that may be worth considering, IF you generally eat toward the lower end of the range given, you might be better off eating toward the higher end instead. I know it seems strange, but under-eating the calories can cause your metabolism to slow down. Below is a link to an article which may explain SOME of it!

Be patient - in time and with a little playing around to find what works for you, you WILL get there!


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8/30/12 12:02 A

It can take 6-8 weeks for a healthy lifestyle change to show up on the scale, especially when you're adding a lot of exercise.

It's easier to lose more weight; now that you don't have as much to lose, it will take longer to get started. Have patience!

KAPRKORN Posts: 20
8/29/12 11:24 P

Hey there, maybe someone has some suggestions for kick-starting my weight loss. About 3 years ago, I lost 40 lbs (with an average of 2 lbs a week) eating 1100-1300 calories a day and working out for an hour 3x a week.

About a month and a half ago, I decided to lose the 20 lbs that have since crept back on. I'm eating 1200-1500 calories a day, doing 20-30 minutes of cardio 3x a week, yoga once a week, and some weight training. I've lost 1lb in a month and a half, and none of my measurements have changed.

I'm concerned because the last time I tried to lose weight, I noticed results within the first two weeks. Any suggestions for what might be going wrong?

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