Post # 1
I realize its only been 1.5 weeks since I’ve been on this diet and exercise program…but I’ve only lost .4lbs. I’ve been doing low carb/whole foods and exercising a lot! (Running, Pilates, workout videos)
I gained this weight really, really fast too. This is like after marriage weight of some sort. I probably put it on in about two months!! You’d think it would come off faster than this!
Today, I even went back and reviewed everything what I’ve eaten according to WW Points. I’m not following the WW program, but I do like to use the points system over the calorie counting system, as it is much easier for me (and I did WW for 4+ years, so I am very, very familiar with it) So, it really looks like I’m definitely staying within my points range.
What the heck is going on with me?? I’m 25 years old. Is my metabolism slowing down? Since August, I have gained about 20 pounds!!!!
Post # 3
Have you taken measurements? You might be loosing inches even if you aren’t loosing pounds yet.
Post # 4
Stress speeds weight gain and slows weight loss. Lack of sleep does the same. So try to make relax time and 8 hours of sleep a priority as well!
Besides that, give it time. When you start a new workout regimen you often build up muscle at first, which stalls the numbers from going down on the scale, but will ultimately lead to weight loss because the muscles burn more calories day-to-day.
Good weight loss doesn’t happen in two weeks, power through it!
Post # 5
It could be that you’re replacing the fat with muscle, which weighs more so you wouldn’t see much difference on the scale. I always determine my success by how my clothes feel on me. Or, maybe its your thyroid? That certainly affects your metabolism. It’s probably not that, but if you really don’t see much improvement after awhile, it may be time to get some blood work done.
Post # 6
MissAsB has a great point about taking measurements. Sometimes the scale may not reflect a change, but your measuresment do! I’ve been in the same boat as you; I’ve been eating well, exercising and just all around “behaving” when it comes to food and exercise, but the scale has barely budged. I started paying real close attention to my workouts. I’ve noticed changes in my endurance and strength…i can continue the jumping jacks longer, jump higher when jump roping and do my pushups in a row. So, while the scale isn’t budging, maybe there are areas that are improving.
About 3 years ago, I lost 20 lbs in two months. I was hitting the gym hard, eating great and not cheating at all. Now, I’m doing the same exact things and the progress just isn’t happening as fast. I’m in my late 20s, so I do know I’ve hit that stage where my metabolism has started to slow down. So, what worked for me 3 years ago, won’t necessarily work for me now. 🙁
As for gaining 20 lbs since August, have your stress levels increased at all? I was SUPER stressed in the months before my wedding and kept packing on the pounds even though my eating habits hadn’t changed all that much. It was very frustrating.
Post # 7
I’m sure you’re gaining muscle, and like others have said taking measurements or using a body fat scale can be more encouraging. When the scale isn’t doing what I’d like, I try to motivate myself with goals/milestones that I’m seeing in my athletic performance….my running pace or distance, if I can up my weights.
Sometimes it takes longer before I see any results on the scale. I’ve been working out pretty hardcore and paying attention to my diet for about 2 months and the number on the scale has only gone down maybe 2 or 3 pounds. Kind of discouraging, I know. But half a pound in a week or so isn’t bad at all! Sometimes it just takes a little bit for your body to adjust to your changes and rev up your metabolism.