(Closed) How long after working out do you see results?

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 17
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

for me I can see results within a week.  Like if I work out 4 days in a row and don’t eat any sweets and a normal balanced, healthy diet I’ll drop a pound or 2 by the 1st or 2nd week.  Granted I’ve never lost a significant amount of weight – I’m still in the normal range and the most I’ve ever lost at once was maybe 6 lbs.  I usually work out to stay healthy not loose too much – although post wedding I could loose about 5-10. :/

good luck!

Post # 19
2236 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If I’m going about it properly I start losing weight right away.  But that is dependent 100% on my diet.  I could workout 6 days a week for 2 hours a day and not lose weight (I know because I did this past summer) but as soon as I joined weight watchers I lost 3% of my body weight in the first week.

Honestly if you’ve been working out as much as you say you have, I would re-evaluate your diet.

Post # 20
24 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

For certain things I can see a results in less than a week…like if I hit triceps, shoulder, and chest weight lifting exercises really hard, plus do a lot of cardio, my arms look more toned and leaner in as few as 4 days. A week is enough to feel a lot more confident in sleeveless or strapless dresses.

To lose an inch off my waist, it only takes 2-3 weeks or so. To feel like my thighs are signficantly leaner, it takes about a month. Basically, I lose weight from the neck down!

Unfortunately, this means that my chest gets smaller first 🙁 But I think everyone is different.

Post # 22
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve been working out like a nut for the past month and watching what I eat since the beginning of the year and I’m not really seeing the numbers I want on the scale. On the plus side though my body fat% is dropping and I can see I difference in certain articles of clothing. 

Maybe start taking measurements or tracking using a pair of pants you want to fit in to?

Post # 23
4322 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I know a personal trainer whose motto is: “You can not out-train a bad diet”. He is so right. It’s difficult to know where to start if you want to overhaul your lifestyle but didn’t already have a shell of will power hanging around all the time.


There are great cookbooks out there for that reason, which teach you how to cook foods but cut calorie corners. Look up Devin Alexander. She’s wonderful for that.

Post # 24
188 posts
Blushing bee

Wow there is a lot of great advice here! 

For me, I used to be a hard core swimmer (6 hours of practice a day, etc). I remember at one point I weighed myself and I had gained 15 pounds in under a month, and was a little miffed to say the least. That week however, I got tons of comments about how thin I looked, if I had lost weight, and my coach even stopped and made me go through my diet with him to make sure I was eating enough. I was so confused since I had gained so much weight, but numbers really do lie! I had recently upped my dry land training and it shifted my body composition. I am so glad I learned as a teenager to appreciate how much new muscle mass can throw off your expectations about what number to see on the scale. 

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