Post # 1
I started running 2.5 weeks ago (small amount, about 2.2 miles/5x a week) and I eat pretty healthy. I also eat a lot of salt and therefor retain anywhere from 5-7lbs of water weight at times… however, if I were “dieting” I would have lost about 10 lbs during this period. Instead, even after all the running, I gained 1 lb.
I know they say muscle weighs the same as fat but when you lose fat, you lose inches and the muscle takes the place of the fat… but is this true to your experiences? I need to lose 35lbs, so while I might “think” i appear thinner (which I do), the scale being more is disheartening and makes me want to quit. Kind of.
Does it ever start budging?
Post # 3
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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
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
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
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 # 7
I am on a medication which causes salt deficiencies and subsequent cravings, so I usually can’t but I think I am going to actually monitor the amount I consume. I actually think my blood pressure might be low and the salt counteracts that, so that could be it… but I don’t have health insurance now so it will be a while before I can check with a doctor.
I am going to keep running and maybe cut out carbs entirely if I can, and see what happens. I don’t eat a lot of carbs but I know I’m carb sensitive anyways. Boo! Wish it was easier.
Post # 8
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
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
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.