Post # 1
i’ve been going to the gym almost every day doing cardio and strenght training and i’m also doing a little bit of yoga (and tons of squats!). also i’m eating super healthy. i’m a little frustrated because i’m not losing weight as fast as i used to when i starved myself and dieted like crazy. I KNOW that it wasn’t healthy, I KNOW that I’m doing it right this time, and I KNOW that sustained weight loss is best done slowly. But it is still a little bit frustrating.
How fast do you lose weight when you have to?
i don’t have to lose THAT much. 10 pounds would be great but I’ll be satisfied once I lose 5, which is what I weighed at this time of last year.
Post # 3
It took me a year to lose 20 pounds, and I’d lose 5 pounds, plateau for 3 months, lose another 5, plateau 3 months, etc. the good thing is when I’ve reached a weight, my body doesn’t fluctuate much.
Post # 4
I loose weight overnight practically. i am fairly slender naturally and if I change my eating habits slightlyor my stress is high I will shock myself in the mirror at how boney I will get overnight.
However, whenever I am conciously trying to loose weight I struggle. I tend to gain weight, actually, so I feel your pain.
Just keep focused. you can do it 🙂 Try tagging a friend along with you through the process to make it more fun
Post # 5
@Gabthebee: LOL, I’m jealous, I want boney!
Post # 6
I’ve gone to my high weight 180-192 twice now and I went down to 140 once then gained it back. Now I’m losing again and I’ve lost 33 lbs, both times I’ve lost weight fairly quickly (30lbs in about 8 months) up until I’m at the weight I’m at now. From here I plateau and it takes a lot of work to go down
The reason you’re probably losing so slowly is because you have so little to lose. The less you have to lose the header it is. Keel at it, it will happen!!
Post # 7
@abirdword: same thing happens to me. my weight doesn’t fluctuate much. but this year i’ve taken like 3 ttrips in a row where i have NOT stopped eating for a second and its taken a toll!
Post # 8
@PinkStripes: thanks for the encouragement!! when I was 15 I dieted for a week and got skinny 🙁
Post # 9
You definitely are going about the weight loss the right way this time, which I think will make it even more rewarding when you reach your goal. 🙂
I drop weight pretty quickly initially, but I usually start gaining muscle within the month as well, so I personally don’t pay much attention to my weight, but to my measurements instead. It makes it easier to gauge the actual progress I’ve made.
If you’re hitting some sort of plateau, you might want to switch up the activities you do. Cardio is definitely good to stick to, but it might be fun to try out a new method. Or increase the duration of your current workouts. Cardio is supposed to be done for 20-60 minutes in order to be effective.
Post # 10
If you are trying to lose weight and do it sensibly by eating properly and exercising then it will take time.
If you crash diet then your body basically eats itself to get the energy it needs for you to do minor things like breathing, thinking and moving!
If you eat properly and are exercising then your body has to get used to this proper eating and exercise routine. Also, unless you are super fit then you will be building muscle, which will account for some of the ‘none-weight loss’. You are in all likelihood burning fat, but buiding muscle too. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat.
You are doing it right, you just can’t do it overnight, it takes time, patience and perservence. Keep doing what you are doing and you will feel great and look great for a lot longer than just stopping eating.
Post # 11
have you been taking measurements? over the last five months I’ve got much smaller around the waist, tummy and hips and definitely feel skinnier but my weight hardly ever changes. I’m glad I go by measurements and not weight or I’d feel like I wasn’t getting anywhere!
bodytracker is a great app for tracking measurements-based progress.
Post # 12
Sign up to myfitnesspal.com. You can probably lose 0.5-1pound a week when you’re that close to your goal. Your eating habits will have a lot more effect on your weightloss than exercise – abs are made in the kitchen!
Post # 13
@bebero: lol! yeah but you probably also looked like a child, now you look like a woman! I heard a saying a little while back and it’s funny because it’s SO true it was “I wish I was as skinny as I was back when I thought I was fat” just shows we all need to be a little easier on ourselves
Post # 14
It definitely takes more time for me to lose weight these days. I’ve always had to watch my weight, pretty much my whole life, though I wouldn’t say I was ever fanatical about it.
The biggest game changer for me was starting Weight Watchers. I use the app and online tools and I absolutely love it. I slack certain weeks or days and I’ve found it’s not that big of a deal. But keeping to it, recording everything I eat and my activities isn’t that big of a deal anyway. And I am NEVER hungry. I absolutely hate feeling hungry and deprived and I never have on WW. I really don’t like MyFitnessPal because it just counts calories. Too simplistic. I could NEVER stay below the recommended caloric intake to lose.
I’ve found that what I thought of as “eating really healthy” was pretty out of wack. Once I started recording it, I realized how badly I was sabotaging myself and didn’t even know it! I feel like the whole WW program has been, more than anything, VERY educational and based upon realistics, positive expectations.
Since 8/13/13 when I started, I have lost 16 pounds. I am tall and have a larger frame with a very proportionate figure, so 16 pounds doesn’t look like a lot on me. But I definitely notice and friends have noticed, too. I feel like I’m on a very good path and will stick with it!
Hope that helps!
Post # 15
Even when I was heavy 2 lbs a week was about my max. Now that I’m a healthy weight it’s a lot harder to lose those last few pounds.
Post # 16
thanks everyone!! I already record what I eat (been doing it for over a year), I definitely didn’t think of taking measurements. But I will!