Post # 1
So, the plan is to lose weight…about 50lbs, before my wedding which is 16 months away. I have time, I know the best way here is the slow and steady way……
So, came back after the holidays with a mission – get on the weight-losing band-wagon! I have been working out 6 days/week for the past month. I typically do 15min hard cardio (stairmaster), 15 min of softer cardio (walking/jogging or eliptical), and 15 minutes of weight-liftng. I am also counting calories, trying to keep it at 1700/day. So, no weight change the first week, but after the second week, I gained a pound, but not unexpected since I had just started lifting weights. Then the third week, I lost that pound (back to where I started) and I just weighed myself today and I GAINED 2.5 LBS!?! How the eff does that happen? I am so discouraged!
My plan is to cut calories down to 1350/day. Any other suggestions? This is so frustrating! And so much harder than losing weight when I was in my 20’s! (I am 33).
Post # 3
I think you just need to keep it up! When I first started working out, I stayed the same weight for months before the number went down, but I was losing inches. Maybe use measurements as a better indicator of how you are doing. Even when I was at the same weight, I went down a size in clothing. Don’t be discouraged! You have plenty of time, and you will probably see results and feel better before the number on the scale starts to drop.
Post # 4
If you’re weighing yourself only once a week and at different times, you might just be seeing normal daily fluctuations. I weigh myself every morning as soon as I’m up and enter it into an iGoogle gadget that tracks my weight and gives me a moving average. This keeps me from wanting to cry after I’ve eaten dinner and gained two pounds 🙂
Post # 5
You say you’ve been doing weights, so you are likely building muscle mass — muscle weighs more than fat, so that could be where the 2.5 came from. I find that my wieght fluctuates about 5lbs higher/lower than my ‘weight’ due to what point of my cycle I am in, and what I have been eating etc.
I second @dance: I would use size as a better indication of where and what you are losing.
Post # 6
If you are working out a lot you may need to eat more. Are you getting in enough fruits and veggies? Dairy? Are you eating a lot of salty foods? Is it time of the month? Do you drink enough water?
All those can contribute to a gain on the scale. But I also agree with the PP who said to take your measurements. When I am trying to loose I can usually feel a difference in my clothes before I see anything move on the scale.
Good luck! It sounds like you are doing a great job so far
Post # 7
Don’t be discouraged! You have plenty of time. I will say though that diet (what you are eating) will play a huge part in this. And i’m not talking necesarily calories, but actually what you are eating. You need to cut back on things with a lot of sugar and salt, and definitely cut back on any processed or fast foods (if you eat that stuff). Incorporate more fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains into your diet. Another thing I do is I try not to eat late at night. Eating dinner or snacks in the evening before you go to bed will definitely affect your weight loss goals.
Lastly, its great that you are on a regular exercise routine, but you should try to vary what you do as far as cardio is concerned. Don’t do the same thing every day or you will start to get burnt out. I hate to say it because I know how much doing cardio sucks (i’m right there with ya), but I think you need to do more. Lifting weights is important, but if you are trying to burn fat then you need more cardio – i’d say at least 30 mins of good, hard cardio. Try the elliptical or go to a spinning class. Seriously, spinning classes are really awesome – you are pushed to do your best by the people around you and it is one of the best ways to burn off some serious calories!! I highly recommend spinning – if you’ve never done it before make sure you talk to the instructor before class to get your bike set up properly, otherwise you could injure yourself.
Anyway, thats my two-cents! Good luck!!
Post # 8
Thanks for the support and great advice ladies! I think part of my problem was that I was eating pistachios as a mid-afternoon snack, so I am going to cut out that sodium trap from my diet. I will also bump up the cardio at the gym – Fiance agrees with you marcieberry! Ugh, but yeah, probably necessary. And try the whole weighing myself every day thing (my mom and one Bridesmaid or Best Man does that, and they say it helps.)
Again, thanks for the advice everyone! You supportive comments have really helped lift my mood!
Post # 9
It could definitely just be a weird fluctuation from time of day, water retention, scale variance, etc. I tend to lose weight for two weeks, then gain, then lose again (so overall, I lose, but it’s not a steady downward line).
Post # 10
Try almonds instead! They are much better for you and contain healthy monounsaturated fat which has been shown to help lower cholesterol. Also, they contain good amounts of many other nutrients like magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, the antioxidants vitamin E and selenium, calcium and the all-important fiber! 🙂
I agree with others though that you shouldn’t expect to see a weight loss every single day. I would actually argue that you should only weigh yourself once a week, in the mornings. You are more likely to see good results if you give it some time between “weight ins”.