DYOUNGWIRTH your not alone... I'm having the same problem. I will use the suggestion and try measurements, but I don't think I can put the scale away for a month. I think I will look for articles for staying on track. (sigh) This is hard work!
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111 9/24/13 11:45 A
Thank you so very much for all the responses. To know that the weight loss may take time and many of you have struggled like I am is so reassuring. I will keep going and consider all the suggestions you have given me. I already have invested in a HRM so I can make sure my workouts are really burning the calories I think they are.
Thanks for taking the time to offer the encouragement I needed. You are awesome.
9/22/13 7:55 P
are you strength training before you weigh in? i find that my weight goes up 1-3 lb for 1-3 days after a hard strength workout. and as a woman certain monthly fluctuations can really wreak havoc on the scale! if you are tracking EVERYTHING you will see an overall downward trend- so make sure you weigh in at the same time with the same clothes/no clothes, etc- keep up with the healthy choices and actions and you will eventually see scale results.
and i second what others have said re non-scale measurements- body measurements are great (monthly at the most frequent), and i like fitness measures too.
The body can naturally fluctuate by several pounds from day to day, due mainly to changes in your hydration levels. This means you should never attach too much significance to a single weigh-in, but rather look at the longer term trend.
For many people, one of the fringe benefits of eating healthier is a lower sodium (salt) intake. This means less retained water, and many people can see a drop of several pounds in the initial weeks as the body lets go of this water weight.
However, increased exercise can lead the muscles to retain water, and this can lead to little change (or even an increase) in the scale, even as you are burning fat.
What you are seeing is quite normal.
But many people find the inevitable increase that natural fluctuations imply to be very frustrating, and if you think you fall into this category, perhaps weighing in less frequenty (eg. fortnightly or even monthly) will help you see the longer term trend rather than the short term noise. I also agree with the suggestion of tracking inches - the tape is a far more reliable means of tracking your progress than the scale.
You need to give yourself time. It can take 6-8 weeks for changes to show on the scale. You're not alone...many people struggle at first. If you follow the recommended calories from SP, you will lose weight in the long run. I suggest taking measurements with a tape measure and putting away the scale for a whole month. Commit to making a lifestyle change for a full month. Then come back and let us know how you did.
The way weight loss work in relation to calories is like this: the body requires you to take in a certain number of calories per day in order to function properly. Some gyms or health clubs have machines which can tell you about what that number is. So you must take in that many calories every single day so your body doesn’t think it is starving.
I’m going to use myself as an example; I need about 1600 calories a day for healthy function (it seems like a lot right).
Now if I burn 500 calories during my daily workout that means I now need 2100 calories. Here is where the trick is I’m only going to give my body 250 calories, it will have to make up the difference and that is how you lose weight. Does that make sense?
So if you aren’t taking in enough calories initially then you body in probably in starvation mode and it’s hoarding everything you give it, so you won’t see results. Try changing up your diet, it’ll take time so be patient with yourself. Just keep experimenting until you find what works best for you.
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111 9/22/13 8:53 A
OK I started the program again Sept. 5th. I have been tracking ( and staying within the calorie allotment )and exercising (even went over my Calorie goal this week)but I still am seeing no weight loss. One week I am down 1.5 lbs. next week I am back up to starting weight.
That last time I started SparkPeople I lost 3 lbs. the first week. But this time I keep going up and down. I am now thinking it's what I am eating- too much bread, sugar etc.
Thanks to any suggestions. I really want to make this work .