Post # 1
I just started using a fitbit tracker on Friday, and instead of losing weight…I seem to have gained 0.2 pounds. I’m 5’6″ and 139.8 lbs. 🙁 I’m inputting all the food I eat (not cheating and leaving anything off) and it is falling right at or a few hundred below the total calories per day that it has calculated for me due to my height/weight/age/and activity level in order for me to lose 1.5 lbs per week. I am hitting above my goal for steps per day/floors climbed per day/activity level per day. I’m drinking water. I’m getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night. I weigh myself first thing in the morning. So what gives?
Granted, I know it has only been a few days, but I am so discouraged. 🙁 I’ve never gone about losing weight the RIGHT way (I’ve had major issues with eating disorders for over half my life…so my past method of weight loss was “Don’t eat” or “eat and get sick”) so this is the first time I’ve really tried to do this in a healthy way. I just feel like my body can’t or won’t lose weight unless I go to extremes, which I’m not letting myself do. I’d like to lose 10-15 lbs. How long does it usually take to see any inkling of results?
Any words of advice? Encouragement? I’m getting pretty down on myself.
Oh…plus I just found out the hard way that sugar-free candy is a bad, bad idea. I have a sweet tooth, and up until last week ate Red Vines all the time (red licorice). I thought that I’d substitute all that sugar with some sugar-free Red Vines so I could have a treat after work…instead I just got (sorry TMI) a very, very upset stomach that is making me grumpy and gassy today. And that was just after one serving of the stuff! Ugh. Just one more thing making me feel discouraged and like I’m doing this whole weight-loss thing all wrong. 🙁
Post # 3
Weigh yourself only once a week instead of every day. Your weight will fluctuate throughout the week- going up 0.2 lbs in a few days is completely normal. It doesn’t mean you aren’t making amazing progress!
Post # 4
I don’t have much advise other than saying you should consider joining myfitnesspal.com. It’s a GREAT website with awesome message boards.
And as for the sugar-free candy, I’d steer CLEAR of any of that. Just stick to natural, whole foods and drink lots of water. Feel free to add me as a friend. My username is lulubear511. 🙂
Post # 5
Stick with it! Don’t be discouraged, you will see results eventually!
Post # 6
I just wanted to give you some encouragement and let you know that from day to day, I could fluctuate 2-3 pounds of water weight. I’m so not kidding. I’d be super light one morning, and the next, be 3 pounds heavier, then back to my light weight again the next morning.
Since it’s only been a couple of days, and it’s only 0.2 pounds, I think you need to give it a few weeks!
Post # 7
@MissTatas: Okay….will do! I think I’ll set my “One day” up to be Friday mornings…that way even if I didn’t meet my goal I can’t get too sad because heck…it is almost the weekend! Weighing everyday is making me feel like “Why even BOTHER? Nothing is helping!!!”
@MrsMotoX: I’ll definitely look into that and add you! I’d like a group to help me stay encouraged. My husband just started using the fitbit too, and he’s already dropping weight (and working out less than me/still eating about the same as he was before!!). Grrr. ANd I think I’ll stick with some fruit or jello if I want sweet stuff…that sugar-free candy is the devil!!!!
@MackInChiCity: Thanks lady! I guess I’m just so used to things happening much faster if you aren’t doing it the healthy way. I’m guessing a lot of that is water weight that you lose too if you go about it wrong, so I just keep telling myself that at least what I’m trying to shed is pudge, not water!!
Post # 8
If you keep at it, you will wake up one morning and the scale will be down, perhaps even more than you were expecting! It takes time sometimes for the body to adjust and let go. Plus, hot weather, salt, PMS, medications etc all change our “Water Weight” which is all the +- fluctuations. Plus, if you eat a lot of processed diet foods you may be seeing the scale up temporarily where it may go down due to eating “clean”.
Also, take measurements! That is something much more verifiable to show you have changed your body/fat . Notice the little things like jeans fitting better!
Post # 9
It’s true that your body won’t lose a substantial amount of weight in 3 days without going to extremes – and even then it’s just water weight. As others have said, be patient. Weigh yourself less frequently so you don’t obsess over meaningless changes. Salty foods and alcohol and increase water retention, which might make you a few ounces heavier as well.
If you’re not seeing ANY results after 2-3 weeks, you might need to reevaluate your diet and exercise plan. As you pointed out, you’re only on track to lose 1.5 lbs per week, so even after 2 weeks, the most you should be down is 3 pounds. Plus sometimes it takes our bodies longer to adjust to a new diet, especially if you’ve gone to unhealthy extremes in the past.
Keep at it, and don’t let day to day fluctuations knock you off course!
Post # 10
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Stay away from the scale for at least a week at a time. Any fluctuations on a daily basis are suspect anyway. I suggest you get a measuring tape and track your measurements instead but again, only measure once a week.
Post # 11
@2PeasinaPod: Oh that is good to know!!! I didn’t know how much one could fluctuate. 🙂 Sorry for the following ickiness, but after that whole stupid “candy ordeal” I was thinking, “Well God…I feel like I should’ve dropped 5 lbs just from being stuck in the bathroom all night!” No such luck. LOL Guess I should just try to calm myself down and keep plugging along.
Thank you all for your responses and advice!! 🙂
Post # 12
Take measurements of yourself, too. Measure your waist. (I wrote waste at first and laughed — ew). Muscles weigh more than fat, so if you are gaining muscle you might actually weigh more. By measuring yourself you will have another area to focus on than your weight. If you don’t feel like measuring, or don’t have a tape measure, keep an eye on how your tightest pair of pants fit. If they are looser, then you are losing inches/centimeters even if your weight doesn’t change.
Good luck! I’ve gained about five pounds in the past few years because I was trying to get over my whole “I can’t eat anything I’m fat” mindset…ugh so now I have to change my mindset to, “You can eat anything but within moderation!” Five pounds shouldn’t make or break me but it does. =(
Post # 13
@mrs_pugetsound: I think the only thing you’re doing wrong is expecting results so quickly. I am the same way. I also don’t think that you weigh a lot for your height.. not at all.
Keep in mind these calculators aren’t 100% accurate. I’d stop relying on it so heavily and weighing yourself so often. Try weighing yourself once a week. Your weight can fluctuate up to 5 lbs a day (that’s why they say to weigh yourself the same time each day, like you’re doing).
You just need to get into a healthy routine, and things will become second nature. I’ve also read that depriving yourself isn’t good. Have the real thing… but in moderation. I’ve stopped w. all the diet dressings and low fat crap. It doesn’t work. I just use twice as much or it makes me feel sick or I still crave the real thing.
Good luck, I think you’re doing fine!
Post # 14
@Eva Peron: @beachbride1216: Good point! Getting out my tape measure when I get home. I’ve been going off of how my jeans/clothes fit for the past few years because I was afraid to weigh myself (ugh…obsessing over numbers is one of my big problems). So I’ll definitely take that into consideration too. 🙂
@babu22: Thanks! I guess I’m afraid that maybe all the years of over-exercising/starving/etc. have thrown my metabolism all out-of-whack, and maybe what my tracker SAYS I’m burning isn’t really what my body IS burning. It sounds like it is a good plan to re-evaluate in a few weeks instead of just a few days though. I guess I’m just antsy and impatient.
Post # 15
It sounds like you’re doing everything you can, give it time. 🙂 I know it’s frustrating, but keep it up! The only thing that concerns me is when you say sometimes you fall “a few hundred below” your calories. That’s a LOT! Your body needs calories, especially if you’re working out.
Post # 16
2PeasinaPod ugh tell me about it i weighed myself this morning and im 2lbs heavier!! i wanted to die lol well not really but still i freaked out sigh ive been working out for 3m 4 days a week i hr a day and staying under 1200 cals.