(Closed) Losing weight but I look no different?

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am having the opposite issue. I weight myself and have only lost 5 pounds. I’ve lost about 9 inches around though so… I’ll take it. 

 

The only suggestion I have is you can’t stop spot train your core, you have to do cardio. 

 

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

First off, that’s AWESOME that you lost so much and are making progress! Don’t get discouraged just yet. 

Everyone has a different body shape and stores fat differently. It’s entirely possible that the weight loss is showing up in places like your face, arms, legs, etc while not having budged too much in other areas (specifically where the zipper is). 

I know I, for one, lose weight in my stomach first, boobs second and it takes a few pounds for my lower body to take a turn giving it up. Other people have the opposite. Some people keep a little fat in their faces for quite a while as they lose weight. Just keep at it, eventually you’ll hit a point where you will even out more. 

I’d also like to point out that targeting exercise to parts of your body does NOT make you lose more fat in that area. It will likely not lead to any measurement change – only general weight loss will do that. HOWEVER – it can help lift and firm the area, especially in your butt 😀 and that IS a good thing. Throwing in strength training helps you lose weight more than cardio alone, anyway, because muscle recovery is hard work for your body (and the bigger the muscle, the more it needs to recover!)

 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Congrats on your weight loss 🙂 I have the same difficulty with noticing changes in regards to weight in my body/clothes.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

@OrchidsandCandles:  that’s wat I said in my post, so I agree

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@smealeys:  I’m going to pm u some links so u cn see the proper way to execute the exercises. It’s mainly the god forsaken tummy area right?

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Stop doing ab exercises. All you’re doing is toning the muscle underneath the fat and that will not help you lose inches. That’s what a personal trainer told me. The only thing that helped me lose inches around my waist was to start running. What kind of exercise are you doing?

 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee

@mtbikelover:  if she is already losing the fat she needs to tone the muscle! It’s a balance of diet exercise cardio u need all 3. Ignoring one or two will nt get her the acquired body she is looking for

 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Are you tall?  If you are, it might take awhile for it to show up.  I can fluctuate around 5-10 lbs and my clothes will fit the same, but when a friend of mine gains 5 lbs she moves into her fat pants.  We have about a 9″ difference in height.

Either way, weight loss is a huge accomplishment!!  Congrats!

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@OrchidsandCandles:  I’ve heard you can’t lose weight in any one spot, but I think you can definitely tone up in some places. The easiest example is from personal experience… my arms always tone up faster than anywhere else because I tend to do more with them. I lift weights and focus mostly on my arms. I can see results just in my arms and nowhere else.

 

Unfortunately it doesn’t work for my stomach lol. You could do 1,000 situps a night and not notice if you still have that fat layer.

 

Post # 25
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Don’t be discouraged! Sometimes it takes your body longer to catch up with the weight loss. I was in a similar situation before my previous marriage. I bought a dress that was too small and lost 40 lbs. 2 months before the wedding, it still wouldn’t zip up, so I panicked and bought another dress. A week later, my first dress zipped up without a problem,  even though I hadn’t lost anymore weight. So, hang in there! 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@babypearls:  but she isn’t losing the fat if she hasn’t lost inches. I never said don’t exercise. I went from a 12 to a 4 a few years ago and have kept it all off all due to exercise. But I rarely did ab exercises. 

if she is spending her weight time just doing abs, that is not a good use of time. Almost all weight training exercises will work the core. And running is mostly core work. 

My suggestion is to focus on overall weight training and lots of cardio. You can’t choose where you lose fat from so only doing ab exercises is not necessarily going to be effective. 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee

@mtbikelover:  I didn’t say solely ab exercises, I gave her an example

 

you have to tone up your body by tightening paying extra attention to the weak spots for but doing overall exercise for the rest of the body ex: stomach muscles are usually a key area for woman

I think u didn’t read my post correctly 

ETA: if she lost that much weight obviously she is losing fat. u need muscle to burn fat it simple physiology.   I suggest the OP should study for herself. But exactly what I’m saying is what she will find. like I said it his is my life I know what a body builder would need versus and athlete versus a model. The needs r very different and need to b approached in different ways. OP is doing a great job in losing the weight but if u build muscle u will burn more fat bcz the muscles use it. OP is really looking to zip up is dress i.e. lose fat and lose inches. im illuminating the piece of the puzzle that she is missing. Like I said I’m nt going into depth bcz it’s hard to do via my phone

 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Honestly I don’t think 174 lbs is nearly low enough to fit into a size 8 unless you’re very tall. So don’t be surprised that it doesn’t fit, and don’t be discouraged. Keep doing what you’re doing, and eventually you’ll get there!

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

That’s a good amount of weight. I feel your pain. I’ve been busting my butt for about 4 months (post wedding) and it feels like I haven’t lost a thing. You’ve probably just hit a little bump  in the road and you have a couple of months to go. KEEP UP THE AWESOME WORK!

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve lost 48 pounds since January, people have JUST slightly started to notice. Jackets that wouldn’t button, and pants that were snug, just SLIGHTLY feel differently on me….talk about frustration…but ya, I try not to get too down on myself, I know that with even the weight I’ve lost, I still have a lot to go…so, I try to focus on the fact that the number on the scale has gone down so much, and that must mean SOMETHING…

Post # 31
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Busy bee

You’re doing great, don’t get discouraged!  I’ve heard that it takes 4 weeks for you to notice a change in your body when follwing an exercise or diet program, 6-8 weeks for close friends and family to notice a change, and at least 12 weeks for people you see only casually or occasionally to notice a change.  So give yourself a while!

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