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DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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7/26/13 3:27 P

Hang in there everything will work itself out!

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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7/26/13 1:35 P

It looks like you're only about 10 lbs from your goal weight. Once you get that close, the weight can come off painfully slowly. You probably shouldn't expect to lose more than .25 to .5 lbs per week at best, so going a couple of weeks with no loss isn't too surprising. Hang in there, though, and you'll get there!

7/26/13 12:41 P

I can't look at your nutrition tracker because your page is set to private, but also, try to monitor your sodium intake. Foods high in sodium can cause bloat, which can also keep the scale from moving. Another thing to consider is your calorie range; 1800 may be too high. I don't know if you're aiming for a 1- or 2-lb a week weight loss, which can affect your calorie range, but it's just something you can play with if the scale doesn't move.

Edited: I just realized you said you're burning about 500 calories a day through exercise. In that case, it is possible your calorie range may be too low, not too high. If you burn a lot of calories, a lot of the time, you need to make sure you're eating enough, or your body will go into starvation mode. Of course, it's possible your calorie range isn't a factor, but it is something to consider. Another thing is that because you are at a relatively low weight, it will be harder for you to lose as quickly as someone who weighs a lot more. Unfortunately, that's just something our bodies do because a 1-lb weight loss is a greater percentage of your body weight for you than it is for someone like me, who weighs about 40 lbs more.

Edited by: HEALTHYFOREVER4 at: 7/26/2013 (12:45)
SMILONE-M SparkPoints: (1,713)
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7/26/13 12:24 P

thanks so very much, everyone who responded. I never knew about the muscles holding onto water. I was always under the impression you lose the water first, thus the old saying "the first 5 lbs. are usually water weight. I feel so much better.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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7/26/13 11:37 A

It can take as much as six to eight weeks for healthy lifestyle changes to show up on the scale. That doesn't mean changes aren't happening, just that it takes time, ESPECIALLY when you add exercise into the mix. Intense exercise can cause your body to retain water (this isn't a bad thing, it's normal and good) and that will ease off as your body adapts to the new demands you've placed on it.

One thing to remember is to take rest days; they're important, because your body needs to heal and recover. Working out every day seems like a good idea, but can break you down over time, and cause fatigue, headaches, and more.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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7/26/13 11:35 A

When you start working out, your muscles retain water to help them adjust to the new demands. But at the same time, fat is being burned. Since muscle is denser (a pound of muscle would be smaller than a pound of fat), your measurements may/can change before your weight does. Your muscles will stop retaining the extra water in a couple of weeks.

Edited by: LEC358 at: 7/26/2013 (11:36)
WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/26/13 11:35 A

I went 8 weeks on a c25k program and eating really well. I lost 3-4 lbs (my scale is undecided still) and dropped a clothing size. I spent about 4 weeks without the scale moving at all.

when you start a new exercise program, your body will hold onto water for a bit. It happens. Really, if you're exercising and eating right, the weight will come off, it just isn't going to necessarily show up on the scale consistently every week for every person. I'm pretty sure my loss all appeared to happen in a single week on the scale. My husband actually gained, then had a 10lb loss one week.

SMILONE-M SparkPoints: (1,713)
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7/26/13 11:28 A

thank you for your advise, i notice a tiny tiny bit of room in my shorts, why is it that the scale won't move but sometimes body mass is lost?

KIMBAJL Posts: 2,763
7/26/13 11:23 A

Don't always go by the scale...are your clothes fitting any different? I find sometimes the scale doesn't move but I notice the changes in my body. Don't give'll just takes time. I've been at it for 2 years now and once you get there you have to keep working to keep it off. ;)

SMILONE-M SparkPoints: (1,713)
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7/26/13 11:11 A

I have, and this is the truth, working out steady (every day but 2 days) for the past two weeks straight, I am burning about 500 calories a day through exercising , and eating no more than 1,800 a day. Honest! I have not lost, not a pound! I have heard all the excuses about how I'm building muscle or it takes a while for your body to recognize this change. I am 5' and weigh 137.8. Why is nothing happening! Please help!

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