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5/3/13 10:19 P

I wish I could lose 8 pounds and 4 inches in a month. I'd be throwing a party if I was in your shoes.

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5/3/13 8:46 P

I would be questioning how the body fat was measured, AND if with calipers, if the person was qualified to do it.


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5/3/13 9:02 A

Your inches ARE budging. Rather dramatically!

4 inches in one month and only 8 lbs lost is phenomenal. I know that we're used to dramatic results on weight loss shows like the Biggest Loser, but those results simply aren't typical, and aren't indicative of what you should expect.

If you have lost 8 lbs, you HAVE lost body fat... I guarantee it! Much of that is likely water, but in a month of weight loss, you have lost body fat.

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5/3/13 8:04 A

Well. If I read your post right, you've lost 8 pounds in about a month? That's fabulous! And you've lost 4 incles-- again, fabulous!

But the "problem" is that you've not lost as many inches as you think you should have? And supposedly you've not lost any body fat? I reckon the first thing I'd have to ask is-- how are you (or "they", if they're measuring the body fat at Curves) measuring it? Some methods of measuring body fat are notoriously inaccurate. Like a scale that measures body fat. Calipers would be more accurate, but then it depends on whether the person doing it, really knows what they're doing.

Even a measuring tape-- it has to be in the exact same place, at the exact same amount of pressure. Like, exactly how snug were they pulling the tape.

One other thing I'd comment on-- there were times in the past where I could drop 5 pounds really quick. But after I started Sparkpeople, the weight came off really slowly and there just was NO dropping 5 pounds quickly. And I learned that just because something was a certain way in the past, doesn't mean it's going to be that way again. There are other factors involved-- I'm older, my metabolism was most probably slower, I'm now on thyroid medication, etc. Bottom line-- I can't really compare "this time" to any "other time" in the past.

The biggest thing, especially with measurements and body fat %, is that you have to be patient and give it time. The important thing is the change OVER TIME. And one month is really not very much time at all. I know when I finally made the decision to eat healthy and get fit, I wanted practically instantaneous results. But it doesn't work that way. It sounds to me like you've done well in one month. Personally I wouldn't worry over the body fat % measurement-- keep making healthy choices with your food, staying in your calorie range, exercising-- the body fat change will catch up to you. And if you're using a home scale to measure body fat %-- well honestly, I'd quit doing that completely.

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5/2/13 12:04 P

My question is: Why am I not losing any inches?! I go to Curves and had my first monthly weigh in..I have lost 8 lbs. since beginning my weight loss journey last month. But I've only lost a total of 4 inches and 0% body fat!!! What is going on here? I have lost 3 lbs in the past and lost 5 inches and 5% body fat. I'm so confused! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. emoticon

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