Post # 1
Sooooo…I know that the “answer” is highly dependent on how much you work out, change your diet, etc. but I’m wondering when I can expect to see results?
I’ve been working out 5 times a week, bootcamp, zumba and intense hiking. I’ve changed my diet completely, staying away from fried foods and reducing my intake (I used to be a PIG!!! scarfing down everything in sight, even if I wasn’t hungry!!)
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any results in terms of weight. I feel so much better and stronger, but I haven’t lost weight. For me, it comes off all at one time but I’m getting impatient. How long does it take to drop the pounds and do they just melt off with continued exercise and healthy eating?
There are 2 guys in my bootcamp that have dropped 40 pounds since September. They look amazing.
I don’t need a scientific answer … I just want some hope that it will start coming off soon 🙁 It has been 3 weeks. How long does it take you to drop the pounds?!?
Post # 3
I joined a gym in February of last year. I lost about 10 pounds by September, and now I am down another 10 more. Honestly, I am amazed that I’ve been losing weight–I don’t think I believed I could do it! A lot of it is due to the fact that my Fiance started waking up early to go to the gym with me (and he has lost 30 pounds already, ugh!).
I think 3 weeks isn’t long enough to see results. Just keep going, and make extra sure that your cardio is as intense as it can be. I used to do the elliptical and aerobics classes…now I do spinning and I run on the treadmill. I really believe the weight started coming off for me because I began burning serious calories during my workout.
I really enjoy intervals on the treadmill. It makes the time go by SO FAST! Figure out what your max speed is (that you could hold for a minute or two). Then walk or run at a fast but comfortable speed for a minute, go up to your max for 30 seconds, and repeat. A lot!
Good luck! You can do it! Don’t get discouraged…keep going to the gym and make sure you’re working up a sweat and not just phoning it in 🙂
Post # 4
For me it takes about a month, but that’s doing something every day/every other day to see results (I do yoga every day, run 5km ever other day, go on two 2km walks everyday, do weights every other day, and alternate abs/obliques/pushups every other day).
However, I’m not trying to lose weight, but rather I’m focusing on toning up & maintaining endurance.
Make sure you’re drinking lots of water to help boost your metabolism, don’t eat after 8pm if you can (your body will just store those calories rather than utilise them), also, you might not be seeing a huge weight drop because maybe you’re adding muscle? Muscle weighs more than fat.
Aside from running another great cardio you might want to look at is swimming as it uses your whole body. Spinning is supposed to be really good too (I’ve never done it myself). And don’t rule out skipping, there’s a good reason a lot of athletes add it to their training!
Post # 5
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You’re going to be adding muscle as you’re losing fat, so don’t expect to see a huge change in weight unless you’re very overweight to start. The best way to follow your progress is to take measurements and do a hydrostatic body fat test every few months to check progress. (This is the “dunk tank” method of body-fat measurement, the most accurate and pretty fun to boot! The results give you lots of information about yourself and your basal metabolic rate, too.) Don’t trust fat-measuring scales, as their readouts are LARGELY influenced by how hyrdrated you are and are notoriously inaccurate. Caliper test are also fairly inaccurate, but can at least be a better measure of progress in the positive direction. Good luck!
Post # 6
OH! And remember that a man’s body stores fat differently than a woman’s, so that could be why those guys have lost a noticeable amount of weight already.
eta: another thought, you mentioned that you changed your diet, which is great as healthy eating is really important, have you been monitoring your sodium intake? Cutting down on salt can really help too.
Post # 7
For me, working out 5 days a week and eating a calorie-reduced diet, it took about three weeks for me to actually start to see results. Then I dropped weight/inches steadily for the next few months until I had lost 20 pounds.
Couple of tips, if you’re not doing this already; eat smaller meals more frequently, and be sure to eat breakfast to help kickstart your metabolism for the day.
Post # 8
@missmouse29: Spinning is awesome. I just zone out and focus on doing what the instructor tells me to do. Sometimes I am tempted to walk on the treadmill, but because I’m spinning with a group I am motivated to work just as hard (or harder) than that buff looking girl next to me 🙂
Post # 9
Ooh! I am going to try spinning! Sounds fun…kinda 🙂
Post # 10
Keep at it! For me it used to be around 3 weeks, but I think it’s taking a little longer these days (I’ve read 4-6 weeks for women). Not to mention, the havoc our cycle does for that that. You should be just on the brink of a drop… hang in there!
Post # 11
my personal opinion- or at least for me – 4-6 weeks of good working out (4 or 5 days a week for 45-60 minutes) before i start seeing a difference – though for me its not really about weight as much as it is shaping my body.
Try pilates! its strenghtens your body and makes your muscles long and lean which is what i think you are going for.
i would do pilates on Monday and Wednseday evenings. Tuesday Thursday and Friday i would do carido and weights. for the past month or so i havent been able to make it to pilates (last minute wedding stuff) and i can tell
Post # 12
It takes me about 2 full months before I start seeing a change on the scale. Ive been back to the gym and eating healthy for about 3 weeks now and I have lost about 3lbs. Its discouraging because I feel like I am working so hard. But I know something is happening. I sleep SOO much better and I can feel my clothes feeling just a little better. It does take time for the scale to catch up though. Keep at it and you’ll see results eventually!!
Post # 13
I think it’s all about how much you’re putting into it. I find that if I work out really hard for at least an hour every day, eat small light meals, and don’t drink at all, I can tell a noticeable difference in as little as a week or two–though not necessarily pounds lost, just skinny jeans fit better, tighter belt loop, able to do more repititions, etc. Try to incorporate weight training along with your cardio to boost your metabolism, do intervals on whatever cardio equipment you are using, and invest in a scale that measures body fat %. If your BF% is going down, then you’re getting smaller and leaner, even if you aren’t losing weight.
Also, Aunt Flow can affect your weight a lot. You may technically be doing perfect, but bloating and water weight can make the number on the scale go up temporarily.
Post # 14
I never see results :/ I have always been a runner and do cardio yoga ashtanga and hatha weight bearing to build muscle- and I feel results- but never really see them. When I had a lean body it was because of a very low-fat diet (plus the running and weight training.) I think my body just has a healthy regulation for itself- but I feel more energetic, strong, flexible- but for instance- I have an hourglass and I think I will always have really large breasts and dimpled thighs :/ and be size 8.
Post # 15
I also really think that what you eat plays a huge part into how your body responds to exercise. I’ve tried eating lots of different ways – and the one that has gotten me the most results (for a toned body) – is eating a lot of protein, a ton of vegetables, healthy fats – and zero treats (meaning, no sugars of any kind).
Post # 16
@missmouse29: I just talked to my trainers at the bootcamp and they said the same thing about sodium! You had some good advice. They said that I should use sea salt if I am going to use salt at all. I’m really committed to eating healthier. I have been working out religiously (and hard) for the past month. I feel GREAT and STRONG but no weight loss.
The trainers said it was 80% diet 20% exercise. Thank you for your great advice!