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GRAPHICS2 Posts: 13,944
4/20/12 10:55 P

I have sort of given up on the scales for a while. I am eating healthy and I am sticking with my plan to do some kind of activity for 20-30 mins each day. I am keeping up with that, and I notice my clothes are fitting better, especially my blouses. I will eventually weigh in, but at this time I feel as if I will be discouraged if my weight has not changed much. emoticon

TRUELOVE662010 Posts: 282
4/20/12 9:37 P

Hey, I am in the same boat. I eat perfectly and I am toning, losing inches, but not one single pound. I have lost 4 sizes since mid-February. I alternate cardio and interval training in the mornings and then alternate cardio and running in the afternoon. I wouldn't worry too much about the scale. It's important to remember you are losing inches, you are building muscle and don;t let the scale be your only measurement. I wrote a bunch of blogs about the war I was having with the scale; then about a month ago I completely threw out my scale and went on straight inches.

Good luck!!! -Kim :)

KATHY98665 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/20/12 3:16 P

Oh, do I know this song! It is soooo frustrating and does not seem "fair" does it? I too work out about 4-5 times a week, two spin classes, walk/run on the treadmill, dvd's with weights and more...I should be dropping like crazy...I decided to do several things. I had a Body Comp Analysis done and it showed me that while most women have between 80-100 pounds of muscle, I am at 125! I do not need to lose quite what I thought I did. Also, I have noticed that I NEVER hit my protein goals for diet. So, I am looking at ways to increase that. Some people posted that when they keep their protein intake where it should be, they lose. I also treated myself to a heart rate monitor. Let me tell you, some of the numbers even this very trustworthy site gives are off..For example, when I spin, it tells me that I am burning over 500 calories. Last night I worked my butt off, and was in my target zone ( 145-160) at the end of the class according to the monitor, I had burned 385. Okay, not a BIG difference, but it could add up. What I am saying is that many of the "little" things may be factors in the scale not moving. I am exploring those little things and hope that by doing some fine tuning that scale will start cooperating with me! lol emoticon Even with the scale not moving, I know that I am getting stronger, my body is reaping benefits and I cannot go back to the "old" ways. Good Luck!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (200,180)
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4/20/12 2:41 P

Hi, SWEETZ11 !!

As others have already noted, if you want to see a change in the scale. You have to eat right first. When it comes to weight loss (or even what gain), what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise can only help a person lose weight IF a caloric deficit is created. In short, a person can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If they don't eat right, the weight won't come off. As you've already noticed, you'll get fitter faster, but not scale lighter.

Do you log your food choices ? If not, you might want to try logging your food. Many people say they eat right, but when they start logging their food; they notice they're eating more than they thought. Portion control also has a big impact on our weight.

Here's the thing about exercise, it should be sustainable. Because what happens once you've lost the weight ? Do you stop exercising and go back to your old eating habits ? If so, that's when the weight packs back on. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you have to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training.

Now, people will ask why do the Biggest Loser contestants lose so much ? They're exercising a lot. Keep in mind, the Biggest Loser contestants are also exercising for 4-6 HOURS a day. That's the kind of exercise a person needs to do if they want the scale to move quickly. However, that's not something the typical person can do. that's not practical for someone who has a job, a family, school, etc...

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 something is wrong. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.

So, if you're seeing an improvement in your fitness, that's great ! However, if you want to see an improvement in the scale, you're going to have to be mindful of what you eat.

WDWCHICK Posts: 899
4/20/12 2:41 P

My SIL is going through the same exact thing. The other members are right, it's 80% diet and 20% exercise. I think you need to look at what you are eating and adjust what you can. I notice, my self, when I start picking on foods I don't normally eat, my weight will go up. No matter how much I exercise.

Good luck!

DRAGONFIRE27 SparkPoints: (3,399)
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4/20/12 2:18 P

Hi Sweetz!

I've been in the same position as you. I found that it took my body 6-8 weeks to get used to the harder longer workout routine. I was toning and feeling awesome but the scale wasn't budging.

I can't see your food log so I can't see how your eating. Have you adjusted your fitness goals to reflect the increased workout routine? Are you reaching your food ranges? Are you eating enough?

I would go back and look at your food intact. Is it whole natural foods or is it processed? Are you drinking enough water? With the long workout hours you will be needing more than 8 cups of water.

I know keeping fitness faith is hard. Once your body gets accustomed to the routines and if your food is right, then the scale will begin to reflect that change. I recommend taking your measurements with a tape measure. That's how I knew I was making progress though the scale didn't show it.

I hope this helps.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,707
4/20/12 1:59 P

Weight (fat) loss is 80% nutrition.... not spending 2-3 hours in a gym.
Are you eating healthy foods and in your calorie range?

You cannot out-train a bad diet!

SWEETZ11 Posts: 99
4/20/12 1:04 P

Can someone please give me some suggestions? I'm going to the gym 4 to 5 times a week. Doing zumba, twice a week. workout to. I spend two to three hours at the gym, treadmills, biking, epitical, working my butt off. Then I wonder, why am I not losing any weight? It's going on the second month, and I've been hitting the gym hard! So, what can I change up? And how long will it be before, I see any results? Cloths fit the same, just not as tight as before. I fell good and have a lot of energy! But, what's the problem? Please help! Want to look lean, before summer!

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