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choccichops

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Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 14:13
Hiya,
Has anyone experienced losing quite a bit of weight 1 week, then nothing the next week as that is what is happening with me even though I have eaten healthly and been to the gym 4 times this week. Its very demotivating Sad
Wyattj99

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Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 14:39
Don't give up...I went a month plateau but never gave up. Decided to make sure to have one more bottle of water a day to help and keep learning new recipes and in the next month lost 7 lbs Smile
1st Goal: 150 lbs
2nd Goal: 135 lbs
3rd Goal: 125 lbs


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jeepjenn2

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Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 14:53
the first week is usually water weight or glycogen weight loss...the second week is the week your body will get used to the new way of eating and exercising.

Keep it up! The third week you should be back on track!Very Happy

Dont give up! This is where most people throw in the towel!!
Fat is HARD....Fit is HARD...Which HARD do you choose???
jhttfn

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Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 15:20

This happens to practically everybody. It is utterly infuriating, and it usually makes no sense. It violates the laws of physics. Personally, it makes me want to punch something and/or cry with frustration. It is NOT FAIR!!!

It's also temporary.

I've been using a FitBit to track calorie intake vs burn, and it's kind of cool because I can see that even though the day-to-day changes rarely make sense, and even the week-to-week weight fluctuations are sometimes incomprehensible, over longer time spans like a month, the net calorie deficit does actually correspond pretty well to pounds lost.

Weight loss would be much less frustrating if the math just always worked consistently, but that's just not how human biology rolls.

Just don't stop Smile
Nimm

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Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 15:36
jhttfn wrote:
This happens to practically everybody. It is utterly infuriating, and it usually makes no sense. It violates the laws of physics.


It's a common, well-understood phenomenon. Your body stores energy in the liver and muscles in the form of glycogen. Each molecule of glycogen is associated with several molecules of water.

As you restrict your food intake, your body uses that glycogen for energy as needed, but it is not being replenished at the same rate. You end up losing several pounds in the form of glycogen and (mostly) the associated water right away, and then it levels off. The effect is even more pronounced in low-carb diets. This is part of the reason it's common during a diet for the scale to jump several pounds after a higher-carb day - you're filling up empty tanks. But it isn't fat when you lose it initially, and it's not fat when you replenish it.

Weight =\= fat.
paperiniko

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Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 19:16
the scale can become an obsession and instead of motivating it start demotivating. There is an easy fix which is not weigh in too frequently and thinking about changing lifestyle rather than dieting. Diets never work in the long term.
366to266

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Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 06:19
paperiniko wrote:
the scale can become an obsession and instead of motivating it start demotivating. There is an easy fix which is not weigh in too frequently and thinking about changing lifestyle rather than dieting. Diets never work in the long term.


I agree 100% with paperiniko.

The most important thing - as everyone says - do not give up!

You CANNOT control the rate or timing of when your body surrenders its reserves. You can ONLY control what you input and your exercise. I advise you to throw out the scales!
Hyperinsulinaemic, carboholic and serial failed dieter!
FullaBella

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Posted: 12 Jan 2013, 17:17
Haha..as much as I dislike my paralyzed scale right now I had an image of me clutching it in my arms refusing to release it. How funny. Guess we have a love / hate thing going on right now!


I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.
366to266

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Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 09:16
I gave away my scales because each time I woke up during the night I weighed myself. So I was weighing about 6 times a day. If the scales showed a gain I burst into tears. If they stayed the same I felt frustrated and disheartened.

I'm now doing it without owning a pair of scales. I don't think about my weight very often. I weigh at the pool only, and try to limit myself to once a week.

I have lost 14lb since giving away my scales.
Hyperinsulinaemic, carboholic and serial failed dieter!
bellyafterba...

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Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 10:10
WOW!!! Good for you!
366to266

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Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 03:14
It's not really about how much we weigh, is it? It's really about whether our skirt falls down to the floor one day, and whether we can walk 5 miles. Well, it is to ME, anyway.
Hyperinsulinaemic, carboholic and serial failed dieter!
SazzRN

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Posted: 27 Jan 2013, 12:37
I totally agree about getting rid of your scale! Last Oct.(after really terrible lab results and a new diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes) I vowed to really work on eating healthy and exercising regularly. At the same time, the battery died in my digital scale and I didn't replace it. I'm trying to make this about how I feel and how my clothes fit. Still working on it, but I don't have the emotional swings that come when you weigh multiple times a week. (or a day!)
Cthulhu

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Posted: 27 Jan 2013, 13:21
choccichops wrote:
Hiya,
Has anyone experienced losing quite a bit of weight 1 week, then nothing the next week as that is what is happening with me even though I have eaten healthy and been to the gym 4 times this week. Its very demotivating Sad

I switched to the tape measure as it really tells you about changes in body composition.

For guys, you just need to measure at the belly button. For women you need to also add in chest and hip measurements.

You can't really measure change more than once a week, but it will really let you know what's happening. Going to the gym can provide great success in body composition changes that won't show up on the scale.

“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” ~Victor E. Frankl
Spacey47

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Posted: 28 Jan 2013, 10:04
Stopped weighing myself after I went 4lbs under my goal weight last year
I go by my clothes and how i look and my gym weight belt
eKatherine

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Posted: 28 Jan 2013, 10:42
366to266 wrote:
I gave away my scales because each time I woke up during the night I weighed myself. So I was weighing about 6 times a day. If the scales showed a gain I burst into tears. If they stayed the same I felt frustrated and disheartened.

I'm now doing it without owning a pair of scales. I don't think about my weight very often. I weigh at the pool only, and try to limit myself to once a week.

I have lost 14lb since giving away my scales.


The scale demonstrates normal fluctuations. The more often you weigh yourself, the more you see of these fluctuations. You can choose to recognize that there are no true readings. At any time the scale could be off by a few pounds in either direction. What matters is the trend, not any particular reading.

Weighing yourself less often can have the unpleasant effect of occasionally finding yourself down a few pounds when it was actually a much smaller loss ("Yay, time to celebrate!" ), and then seeing a higher number the next week when you'd been "good" the whole time ("I've gotten fat, I'm a total failure." ).

Would you really have blamed yourself for putting on 2 pounds of "fat" and burst into tears after weighing yourself, immediately drinking a quart of water, and finding your weight had increased by 2 pounds?

The problem is not the frequency of weighing, it is being obsessed with the readings and accepting them as reliable data, when they are not.
fredmugs

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Posted: 28 Jan 2013, 11:31
Are you eating relatively the same things and doing the same workouts? Shock your body with something new. Change up your routine and force your body to respond to it.
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