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Weight Loss! Not Happening.....yet  
User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 34
Posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1661 times:

Ok, so, I hired a personal trainer and have been doing weights and elliptical for about 3 weeks now. I still have not seen my weight budge a bit. It's fairly frustrating!
Once you start doing some serious (for me) work outs, how long does it take to start seeing real results?
I have gone from being a total couch potato to 30 minutes of cardio and 1 hour of strength training 4x's a week! Why is nothing happening!?!?!?!

SWA TPA


I believe I can fly.....
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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13767 posts, RR: 61
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1647 times:
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Congratulations on your new fitness regimen!  Smile

Since everyone reacts differently to resistance training and cardio, it's difficult to say precisely when you might see results. One thing I can tell you is that you typically won't see results immediately on the scale, but rather in the way your clothes fit and how you feel overall.

Then, over time, you'll see the weight loss come along with the loss of inches.

Don't be discouraged if you don't see the needle on the scale going downward quickly. It WILL happen. Another thing to keep in mind is that while you're working out, you're trading fat cells for muscle cells, which weigh more.

Bottom line? Don't worry about the scale right now. Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll be pleased with the results.




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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1642 times:

Somewhere, out there...

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User currently offlineCaptoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1638 times:

I have heard 6-8 weeks... Also, I have been at my new workout thing about 6 weeks and I am starting to notice something... Keep pushing, it will happen


BTW, from your earlier pictures, you really didn't need to lose any weight, just my 2 cents.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29841 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1636 times:

If you havent' exercised before, that is probably happening, is that you are adding muscle. If fact it isn't unusual to hear of people actually adding weight when they start excercising since muscle is more dense then fat. I know, I just repeated everything that EA CO AS just said  Laugh out loud

Loose the scale.

Just go by the way you feel and perceive yourself for the next couple of weeks.



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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1630 times:

I did not make problems with my weight. It would be all right with them. I took with the medicine on every night myself.

User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13767 posts, RR: 61
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
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I did not make problems with my weight. It would be all right with them. I took with the medicine on every night myself.

You forgot to add "ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US."  Big grin



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User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1613 times:

"Bottom line? Don't worry about the scale right now. Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll be pleased with the results."

whoa, for once i wholeheardtly agree with ea co as  Smile  Smile

p.s. anything seems possible today, after all the greeks beat the czechs



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User currently offlineFJWH From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 969 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

I lost in total of around 18 KG in a year! I eat healthy and I sport A LOT!!
March 2003 I weight around 83 KG, now around 65! I'm 1.8 M


FJWH



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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

Muscle weighs more than fat--so don't be discouraged.
It's likely some is being traded for the other.
Are you losing any inches?

Don't let the scale be your barometer for success!


User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

I've been working out for about 2-3 weeks and am seeing pleasing results...

I do a lot and eat less, a lot less and I began to see weight drop off of my hips and ass, and also muscle building in the upper body.

You need to diet and get as many vitamins as you can (naturally preferred)



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User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

SWA TPA: Sounds like you are on your way! As others mentioned, stick with it, drink a lot of water and DON'T get discouraged or frustrated! Using a Personal Trainer is great because your trainer will teach you good work-out habits. Remember: You didn't gain the weight over night and you won't lose it over night. For me, it was all about changing habits. Just hang in there and you'll see the results. It just takes time! Best of Luck! Big grin


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User currently offlineAIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1539 times:

While I don't necessarly "diet" per se, I do watch what I eat and keep note of calories!

I love the 2,000-calorie chart on the package of food labels.. I think I'm the only person that follows it!

While everyone and their mother's are on the Atkins diet, my solution to "staying healthy" is simply watching the calorie intake. I believe ~3,500 calories is equal to one pound.

When doing cardio workouts, I try to burn at least 480-600 calories (usually done in a 25 min. (crosstrain) + 15 min. (treadmill) combination). I use the calorie counter as a reference, because we really don't know how many calories we are burning. However, if you are doing weight training, you will actually be building muscle so therefore, a weight gain will occur ( right?).

So with the 480-600 calories, you should end up with an average 1,500 calorie a day diet (using the 2,000 suggested "healthy" intake). On the days you don't work out, continue to use the 1,500 restriction.

Eventually, depending if you are doing cardio-intensive workouts, the you may be loosing up to a pound per week [3,500 (=1 lb.)/500 (difference)= 7 days].

I started working out in Feb. and was very cardio-intensive and lost about five pounds on that schedule.. now I'm moving to a 50/50 mix of cardio and weight traning, my weight has stabilized and I'm sure eventually, I'll be gaining weight, but as muscle.

Hope this provides a different perspective.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29841 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

Well today is July the 1st so I figured it was as good as a day as any to start counting calories, and carbs. Right now I took in 12-1300.

Going to keep track of carbs too.




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User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1525 times:

SWA TPA, don't worry about it right now. It is true all of a sudden you'll notice a difference.....I know it can be frustrating but just keep at it!!!!!! Big grin

I did the same thing about 6 months ago..... and I'm glad! I feel great now but I must admit while I was doing all the work out stuff and seeing no results I got a little pissed!!

Keep Up The Good Work!!!  Big thumbs up

Phyllis


User currently offlineLON-CHI From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1497 times:

I echo the comments on calorie intake. Keep a journal of everything you eat (and when you eat it) and add up the calories. Then go to http://www.stevenscreek.com/goodies/calories.shtml and calculate how many calories you are burning per day. In order to lose weigh safely & effectively (keeping it off) you should be burning about 500 calories more than you take in. So if you are burning 3000 calories a day, eat 2500 calories.

So should those 2500 calories can from stuff like soda, pizza and junk food? Obviously not. Take a close look at what you are eating and the nutrient content. Try to limit, or completely omit, heavily processed and/or refined foods from your diet and try to incorporate more fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Develop a diet that has a good balance of protein, carbs and fats and try to eat a bigger breakfast and lunch and a smaller dinner. Avoid sweets & soda as much as you can but don’t hesitate to snack in between meals if you’re hungry, just try to keep it healthy. And drink water – lots of it!

AND DO NOT LIMIT ALL CARBS! Complex carbs are essential in building and fueling muscle, which in turn helps you burn more calories & fat. Just avoid the simple carbs found in most snack foods and processed foods.

Since March I have lost 35+ lbs following what I wrote above and it hasn’t been too hard. It’s not restrictive like the Atkin’s or South Beach diets. Instead, it focuses on moderation. I occasionally cheat and have pizza, beer & ice cream and that hasn’t hindered my weight loss. When you exercise and maintain a healthy diet, your body can easily process the occasional cheeseburger or slice of pizza.



User currently offlineAndersjt From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

SWA TPA - as with the others, I'll send my congratulations on getting into and sticking with a program.

Don't worry about quick weight loss, I believe in the adage that if you lose a lot of weight quickly, you'll gain it back quickly, and more. As the others said, results will not always be seen on the scale, you will see it in terms of inches lost (where you want to lose them, for guys its the gut) and gained (where you want to gain them, arms, chest, legs).

The other thing I believe in is varying the workout. It has been suggested that our bodies' internal clocks will recognize a routine and adapt for it. The bodies natural defense/survival mechanism when burning calories at a high rate is to do what it can to preserve them. If a pattern is recognized (e.g. doing the same cardio work at the same time on the same days)the body will adapt. Change things up, to keep the body guessing, and also to keep yourself from getting bored.



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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

SWA TPA,
I noticed that you are using an elliptical machine for your cardio workouts. I had been doing the same for almost two years, until I recently decided to run on the treadmill instead. What a difference! I have found that ten minutes of running, even at a slow pace (4.5 mph) is far more exhausting than three times as long on an elliptical at a moderate setting. Ellipticals are easy to use, but unless you set the resistance close to the maximum, you're probably not getting significant cardio exercise value.



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User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2969 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

FJWH, you seriously need to put some weight back on!
That is sickening!
 Big grin



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User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6678 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1457 times:
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"What a difference! I have found that ten minutes of running, even at a slow pace (4.5 mph) is far more exhausting than three times as long on an elliptical at a moderate setting"

I agree completly. I used to go on those things for 45mins and still be ok,, moved over to a treadmill and i had a hard time getting past 20mins for while.

Ive have been working out regulary for the past months and have found out that i have actually put on like 4-5 pounds but my pants are falling off!



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User currently offlineTristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1444 times:

I too am trying to get going and get fit... hard as all get out to get motivated, sometimes. Walking and biking, and watching diet....

Good Luck!




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User currently offlineWorldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

OK, for my input.....

I have been on a weight loss program for about 6 weeks and have lost coming up 20lbs. A bit quick, but I am sure things will slow down soon.
Admittedly, I have been doing fairly intensive cardio every day, so some muscle may well have been lost, although at this stage I am not too worried as I will start weights in about 4 weeks and continue with the cardio. I will also then up my calorie intake a bit.

I have been using http://www.fitday.com - its BRILLIANT! Its a US - focused website, so all of the brands will be familiar to you. You input your food intake and it shows you your calorie intake and the %carb, protein and fat. You can create reports to see if you are meeting your nutritional goals, see where you have been burning your calories, how your exercise has been progressing and track your weight and much more. I have got into the habit of visiting the website daily and its very motivating to see how your eating habits and exercise are progressing.

As for motivation, I think I have just been lucky. I have not missed any foods, not craved anything and not been feeling hungry. I am enjoying the much higher levels of exercise than I previously had and am sleeping much better than I ever did. I am just eager eager eager to reach my goals!

Good luck SWA TPA

Mark


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29841 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 1417 times:

What an excellent website Worldoftui.

You know I was looking at SWA TPA's profie, and all I can say, is too bad she isn't single.



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User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 34
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 13 hours ago) and read 1405 times:


Wow!!!!

Thanks for all the encouraging ideas and wonderfully kind words from everyone  Big thumbs up

Ya'll are right about the elliptical machine. I can do that thing for awhile and not get to tired. The treadmill however is a different story!
I guess all I can do is keep it up and wait for the effort and time to begin paying off.

Luv,

SWA TPA



I believe I can fly.....
User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 2 hours ago) and read 1380 times:

Ya'll are right about the elliptical machine. I can do that thing for awhile and not get to tired. The treadmill however is a different story!

Ellipticals do have their place. Running on a treadmill's a terrific workout but also puts a fair amount of stress upon your knees. Ellipticals are much lower-impact and might be better if you've had knee problems or are over 40 or so. Just make sure and keep the resistance fairly high.
At the gym where I go, the Life Fitness ellipticals have variable resistance from 1 to 20. I've found that anything under 10 is just about useless, with the 10 to 15 range providing a decent workout that's still easier than running. Only if you put the resistance in the 16 to 20 range do the ellipticals provide a workout that I find to be the equivalent of running.




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25 Post contains images Superfly : EVERYONE, STOP IT RIGHT NOW! THESE ARE NOT WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT! SWA TPA: You don't need to lose an ounce, you need to lose this 'hubby' that someho
26 VonRichtofen : How is your diet? That's just as important as exercise.
27 Post contains images SWA TPA : LOL Superfly!!!!!!! I love it! Hubby is not making me loose any weight. He still thinks I look good I am doing it for myself. I am tired of feeling f
28 Post contains images L-188 : Well, I was trying to be a little less obvious about saying that Superfly. Serious, SWA TPA, you wouldn't have a sister that is single. Luckly you liv
29 Post contains images Superfly : SWA TPA: Hubby is not making me loose any weight. He still thinks I look good I am doing it for myself. I am tired of feeling fat I am not convinced.
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