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7/22/17 6:48 P

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I agree with the suggestion to get checked out by your doctor. Beyond that, it's possible that the imbalance in calories in and out that you have doesn't come from anything that you have addressed. Let's pretend that you burn 2000 cals a day. If you were eating 2500 cals a day, that would mean you'd be gaining about a pound a week. In this scenario we're going to pretend that 240 of those 2500 cals a day are soda. So if you cut out 240 cals a day of soda, that brings your total intake down to 2260 cals per day, which means gaining about a pound every 13 days. It's lower than when you were drinking the 240 cals of soda, but ultimate issue is that your gain wasn't exclusively from that one source. The other complication tends to be that it's not just one thing.

Yes, you have overhauled your diet. Doing a lot of things differently can be good, but it's also possible to change the good for you and easy things that you were doing in the first place. If you eat the same calories from home that you did from fast food, you might feel fuller, but the scale will likely stay the same. I;m not knocking exercise here, but you can't out exercise a poor diet. Think of it this way, could you eat 500 cals in five minutes? Most people can. Can you burn 500 cals in 25 minutes? Most people can't. And do note that we're talking about five times longer than eating that same number of calories. You can ingest calories a great deal more quickly than you can burn them off, which is why exercise isn't a magic fix all. It's great for cardiovascular health and a number of other things, but it is an additional factor that needs balancing with regards to weightloss. Also, 30 minutes of what exercise? In that time frame walking 3/4 mile is going to get you very different results than running 6 miles, which are both going to be different than light gardening or swimming or soccer or jumping jacks or heavy cleaning. Adding exercise adds the need to better fuel your body but you have to be very careful to not add more calories than you are actually burning through exercise. Boxed foods, just like fast food, can be replaced with homemade items of similar value. Sometimes boxed foods are intentionally designed to be low whatever and what you make homemade might use actual ingredients that are not low whatever, thus making the homemade more than the boxed and also not as likely to be in limited quantity. I've never seen your food logs, either before or after, so I am just tossing out possibilities here. You might have already made some great changes for your health, but you might have also not found what is causing you the biggest issue, which in turn is the thing that making changes to makes the greatest impact.

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SP is the way to go. I tried everything for 30 years...EVERYTHING.

Finally realized I was paying everyone else money to tell me to do what I already knew what to do. I was paying for discipline. Sps plan will do that for free and put all control in your hands.

Your on the right track.



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7/20/17 4:44 P

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I seem to be playing with the same 5 lbs. I just want to get past this!

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7/3/17 11:48 A

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Posters in this group have made some excellent points. People losing weight that quickly can be discouraging.

My aunt did Weight Watchers for a short period of time. She followed the program to a T for what her starting weight was and what her goal was. She was one of those people to lose 50lbs in a ridiculously short period of time because her body was dropping all the super-excess weight. At one of her WW meetings, she was pulled aside by the people running and scolded for "abusing the program." She told them she wasn't and they didn't believe her. She left that day extremely hurt and discouraged. She never went to another meeting but continued WW on her own at home. She got to a point where she plateaued to a pound or 2 each week and was discouraged again because she was doing what she should and changing it up. My mum pulled a pound of butter from the fridge and said "the next time you're upset you lost ONLY a pound, take a look at this and remember, this is what you're losing."

When I was in a wedding last year, I slowly made changes to my lifestyle and was successful and I felt pretty good standing up beside my friend. I was so dedicated to my workouts and nutrition that after the wedding I decided I could take "a day or 2 off" ... that turned into months and here I am, 8lbs shy of what my starting weight was. I was mortified when I weighed myself this morning.

Your body weight can fluctuate anywhere from 5-7lbs in a 24 hour period depending on what you've eaten, hormones, etc. I try to step on the scale only one time each week and I use the one at my gym because it measures body fat and muscle mass. Unless the scale you use to weigh yourself does the same, that increase of 1.6lbs could simply be that you've gained muscle.

Change up your workouts - throwing a run in there once or twice a week, or go swimming instead of yoga. Your muscles adapt over time to the movements, which is why going to the gym the first few times, you're super sore - you used your muscles in ways that they weren't used to and they actually had to work *gasp* ;-)

Non-Scale Victories. These are the things like a pair of pants buttoning easier, a shirt being looser, walking up a flight of stairs without getting winded, having a more positive attitude, etc. I agree with the people who suggested tracking these and getting excited about each one - and believe me, the feeling you get when you have one of these, is amazing!!!! I bought a dress for a cousin's confirmation last summer and I needed my mum to help zip me up. I put the dress on last week and I can zip myself in. I literally happy-danced.

One more thing I thought of just before I clicked "post" - some medical issues can cause weight gain even when you're doing everything right. I don't know where in the world you are, so if you haven't already and if you're able to, have your doctor do a work-up on you to make sure everything is good to go. I couldn't figure out why I was gaining weight no matter what I did and was finally diagnosed with PCOS when I was 14. Now I'm on a specific exercise regime and my doctor is trying a specific nutrition protocol with me to see if it works.

Keep up the great work and don't ever give up!

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6/30/17 10:01 P

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Great question and some good answers

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6/24/17 5:26 A

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6/21/17 1:47 A

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A few things come to mind:

- Men tend to lose faster, initially, than women.
- Pre-menopausal women lose weight faster than post-menopausal women.
- Thyroid plays a role in metabolism: too high, you lose faster; too low, you lose slower. Having been too high, I'll take overweight and happy over thin and miserable, any day.
- The Aria scale can make it look like people are losing more and faster than they are, because it logs and brags here when you lose, but doesn't tattle when you gain. If I gained and lost the same three pounds over the next few days and weeks, and you were keeping track of the losses posted to my feed, you'd go nuts, think I had an eating disorder, and wonder why I hadn't flown away on a strong wind, yet.

Are you honestly and consistently weighing and logging every bite? (Those little "tastes" here and there can add up.) Are you changing up your exercise routine, varying it frequently, so your muscles don't get too efficient at doing one thing? Sounds like you're definitely living a more healthy lifestyle; you might want to measure success in inches for a while, not pounds. Or in how your clothes feel on you.

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Please stop predicting failure for people who lose weight rapidly. Weight loss surgery causes you to do so initially but it slows down and there must be the same commitment to lifestyle change as those who use diet and exercise. As far as "lose rapidly, gain it all back", that is not fair either. I lost 150 pounds over a 3 year period using diet and exercise and gained it all back plus 100 more pounds in 3 year's time. I had bariatric surgery in 2012 and except for a 19 pound regain (which I have since lost), I have maintained and continue to lose (177 lbs gone). We should encourage a struggling Sparker, but not criticize those who have lost, just because we do not agree with "how" they lost.

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6/20/17 7:25 A

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Are any of you taking prescription drugs? That is also a big hit to our efforts. Especially me. One week in and I'm gaining weight. I'm still focused and thinking of not weighing except once a week.

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6/15/17 7:40 A

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I had bariatric surgery so initial weight came off at supersonic speed. That lasted for about 6 months. Now I lose between 1-1.5 on a good week and often less. Slow and steady wins the race even with a jump start.

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6/15/17 6:25 A

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I keep bouncing the same 8 lbs back and forth. So, this week, I'm trying to stay more focused on staying on track, and less focused on the scale.

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6/14/17 11:58 A

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I know it must seem frustrating. Sometimes people initially seem to lose a lot of weight, but the first 10 lbs. or so are mostly water weight. After that, the weight loss slows markedly to just a pound or so per week. You might have just hit a plateau. That, too, is normal. Sometimes, if you just keep eating sensible, low-calorie meals, work out regularly, and just go about your business, you'll step on the scale after a month or two and be pleasantly surprised.

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6/14/17 9:41 A

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FYI, I'm averaging 1/2 to 1 pound a week.

I just keep pushing, because it won't come off if I stop!

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6/11/17 3:18 P

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I'm having the same issue. Seem to be bouncing back and forth. Losing weight then gaining. I increased my water intake to see if that works.



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5/31/17 5:38 P

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The people who lose 50 pounds in 3 months are probably a) doing something really extreme or b) have a lot to lose to start with. As others have mentioned, they won't keep it off.

It sounds like you are eating pretty healthfully, and have likely already started improving your health! But my question would be.. have you been tracking your food? I have learned the hard way that it is just as possible to gain weight on healthy foods as it is on junk foods. Imagine you prepare half of a box of brown rice noodles, put on some olive oil, have an avocado with it.. you could easily be eating 800 calories and still not be full.

Another reason I think some people lose weight rapidly is because before they started eating healthfully, they were eating REALLY poorly. For those of us who eat healthier than the average person to start with (and the average person eats one serving of vegetables per day!!!), tweaking your diet may not make that much of a difference to your waistline. And you mention getting 30 minutes of exercise per day.. is it possible that this exercise is increasing your hunger, which may also result in increased calorie consumption? Another thing I notice with some people is that they start a structured exercise program, but unintentionally become less active the rest of the day.. so that 30 minutes doesn't make much of a difference overall. I remember gaining weight in the past and being frustrated that I was gaining weight, but I realized I had cut back on a lot of my daytime physical activity (taking transit instead of walking, getting delivery instead of going to pick up takeout, etc.) Now that I have a FitBit, I realize that most of my activity calories burned are NOT at the gym, but attempting to be more active throughout the day.

Of course it's possible that you are already doing these things, and in that case, it could certainly be that your body is still adjusting to increased exercise (it's only been a month, after all), maybe retaining water, etc. and then all of a sudden you'll notice your pants are loose and the scale will drop! You may just need to give it more time, but if you haven't considered the items above, I think they are worth thinking about.

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5/27/17 10:04 A

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One factor also may be the metabolism of the person. That's why in order to boost the metabolism, one must engage into exercise. But it also depends on the type and the hours spent of each person during exercising his/her body. I also think, the genes has something to do with it.

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5/25/17 11:14 A

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Oh wow! I get the frustration! Well, RSCUNU, most people DO NOT drop weight that fast. Those that do are likely not doing it the right way, and likely not in a sustainable way.

Weight USUALLY comes on the same way it goes off, SLOW.

When I did the Whole 30, I lost more than I normally would. My guess is the accidental low carb of it. NOW, I didn't really eat low carb, not to the degree of the diet, but my carbs were all complex (fruits and veggies, no grains allowed) and my carb range averaged 80g. Some days it was more, but with no processed foods, everything pretty much prepped by me, the weight really fell off during that month. Some days were frustrating and some days I wanted to quit, but I kept going. Heck, I am kind of STILL going. I'm very gradually adding things in.

However, your gain, ignore it. I almost want to tell you to even ignore the scale.

SO MUCH goes into weight loss. For a week and a half I was at the SAME WEIGHT when I was eating perfectly and working out and getting my steps in daily, and I couldn't shake that weight. Then I weighed myself this morning. AFTER I ate. After I drank a huge glass of water. I was over 4 pounds down in the span of 3 days. No. I know better than that. I didn't really lose 4 pounds in 3 days, but the scale thought that I did. My guess? I'm fighting a cold, and was probably hanging on to water weight.

Hormones, sodium, any inflammatory food can cause some water retention and then weight retention. Whole 30 taught me about inflammatory foods, which was interesting.

In addition, working your muscles as they haven't been worked before often causes them to retain a bit of water to help them heal from their workout.

I try to stay off the scale. Sometimes I don't, but I try to weigh myself every 2 weeks at most. Then there is usually a drop, and my body starts to drop excess water.

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5/25/17 1:16 A

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I walk about 2 hours a day,eat 1,600 calories and it took me about a year to lose 40 pounds. I have about 15 pounds to reach my goal weight and with my weight loss now it is harder to lose weight. I will get there in time.

I am on the summer challenge now. I have pleurisy, 3 types of anemia from Iron,folic acid,other vitamins not working,chronic pneumonia,chronic kidney disease,1 partially collapsed lung, low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 55 years old. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 3 years as well.


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when you get down thinking about how fast some folks are losing remember the biggest loser ,how much they lost and what the real result was a year or so later.They couldn't keep it off.We are making our lives better for good not just for a while

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You're both right, I was just super frustrated this morning, and cranky emoticon
I have a wedding I'm standing up in and I just don't want to be the big girl of the bunch. I have 7 months until then, so slow and steady is doable! I just have to keep that in mind.
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5/24/17 10:24 A

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The people who lose weight that fast usually partake in drastic measures. While these measures produce huge weight loss, the people more often than not gain the weight back, as they cannot sustain their program long term.

The slower you take it off, the greater your chances are of keeping it off.

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We are all unique and sometimes taking time to embed good habits and change our lifestyle takes time. I have no idea how people lose 50 pounds in 3 months. It took me a year to lose 50 pounds, but I have maintained that loss for 14 years.
Patience and perseverance are part of a healthy lifestyle shift and what I first thought were all the changes needed kept growing as I learned new facts and developed tastes for healthy choices. Hang in here and do take advantage of the resources found in the LEARN tab.
I wish you success...and fun as you progress towards your goal.
Weight fluctuation is normal and learning to move past them is also part of the process. Onward go!!


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5/24/17 8:21 A

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I think it's just crazy seeing people dropping 50+ lbs in 3 months. I have overhauled my eating, cut all fast food, getting 30 minutes of exercise a day, staying away from boxed foods (except brown rice noodles) and I have gained 1.6 lbs....What gives?!?!



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