(Closed) Started running but the scale hasn’t moved…

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

Great job on running – quite the feat!  I have to say, I think diet creates the most change on the scale.  That has always been my experience.  I think it’s very very difficult to create change in weight with changing exercise alone.  That said, it can only help to work out – better for your body and health over time!

Post # 4
2154 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Don’t worry about the scale. I think the whole obsession with weight is really counterproductive. Pay attention to how you feel and how your clothes fit – those are better indications (especially the first one – hello?!?!) Better yet, get thee to a doctor and/or personal trainer – they can measure your body fat % which means a heck of a lot more than the scale.

Also, why can’t you cut out the salt? That might be helpful.

Post # 5
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

Awesome job on starting to run! I agree with the other posters not to worry about the numbers on the scale. Instead, start with a measuring tape and take all of your measurements. You’ll feel so much better about that extra pound of weight when you see that you’ve lost an inch or two around your entire body!

Also, mix up your running a bit to get stronger. Do a long run (3 or 4 miles) at a slower pace, and your shorter runs 1-2 miles at a faster pace to help build stamina and speed.

Post # 6
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Diet is a HUGE factor in weight loss.  I found that just counting my calories helped move the scale a lot.

Also, the scale is just a number…I’d also look at measuring yourself.  I started doing a new workout about 2 mon ago and while I only lost about 5-7 lbs the whole two months, I lost 2 inches around my waist, 1 in around my chest, 2 in at my hips and 2 inches in both thighs.  That makes a HUGE difference!

Post # 8
2394 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Ignore the scale.  I’ve been running now for about six weeks and, while the scale hasn’t budged, I am noticeably trimmer all over (esp. around the stomach) and I dropped a dress size.

Post # 9
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Same here!! The scale has been creeping up (I think it’s all the stress) so I started to run 3X a week and NOTHING! My diet hasn’t changed at all, in fact i’ve been eating healthier.

I have to assume my portions have been getting larger because I have no idea how I’m actually gaining weight otherwise. I opened a sparkpeople account today and will hopefully stick it through at least a week to try and get back on track.

But I agree with you, I want the scale to change and it’s frustrating when it doesn’t. I still want to build muscle, but I also want to weigh less.

Post # 10
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m Yoyoing but I know some of its hormones and stress.  You’ll start to see more results in the next couple of weeks.  Changes that may be helpful:

Sign up for fitnesspal to track what you eat.  Work on cutting down your sodium intake.  Mix up your exercise routine so you won’t get bored.  I have bad knees so I go bike riding and am starting up yoga again.  Do some strength training as well.  Even if you just get some dumbbells and do a routinue 3x a wk.  I

The scale # doesn’t always take into account all of the healthy lifestyles changes you have made.  Focus on losing the inches instead of just the # on the scale.

Good Luck:) 


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