How long until you see results?

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squery

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Posted: 22 Dec 2010, 08:17
Hi everyone, fairly new to the site. So after some life drama and then losing my job last year, I started to just not care about what I was eating. Last month I decided that with my fairly new job (and income), it was time to join the gym again and lose the 50 pounds I have slowly gained since college. I had always been an active and athletic person in the past and I consider myself to be a fairly healthy eater. I don't eat chicken or red meat based on my own moral principles, and I tend to eat some kind of seafood twice a week at least, as well as a lot of beans, tofu and other sources of protein. I rarely indulge in sweets but my downfall may be salty treats and red wine.

Anyway... I have started exercising at least three times a week and have been keeping track of my diet here as strictly as possible, even weighing what I make at home with a food scale. My issue is I have yet to see any weight loss and was wondering how long it took you all to start really seeing 1 lb a week or more of weight loss. I took my measurements about a week ago and plan to take them again in January to see if maybe I'm building muscle with my work at the gym. I'd welcome any tips or suggestions! It just gets frustrating when you think you're doing everything you should be and are not seeing any difference.
Z'sMama

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Posted: 22 Dec 2010, 09:07
Everyone seems to lose weight at a different rate at the beginning. Like you, I was frustrated to not see any immediate movement on the scale at the beginning - and I still don't know why. For me it was probably not til I really started weighing my food and getting portions right. Anyway, it took a month or so before I started to lose around 1lb a week, and even then it's not as consistent as all that. 1lb here, nothing for a while, then 2 or 3 lbs... Anyway, just keep doing what you are doing! It will come.
relz

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Posted: 22 Dec 2010, 09:22
Congratulations on your commitment and effort. It does take time, but the work does eventually pay off.

Personally, I saw little in the way of results for at least 2-3 weeks. It took me some time to overcome the initial hunger, and to find healthy foods that would keep me satisfied but keep my calorie count right. Everyone is different, but hang in there, it can take time.

I took a quick look at your diet calendar. There are people around this site that are much better than I am at this, but I'll offer a few ideas to consider that might help kick-start things a bit for you:

--You are right that salt and wine are a theme. A lot of people here seem to feel that regular drinking inhibits weight loss. If all else fails, it might be worth giving it up for a week to see if anything changes.

--You have indicated that your food logs are incomplete. (I always forget to mark mine as complete, so I'm not sure if that is true)....If it is complete, your net calorie count is pretty low. Depending on what you set your weight loss goal and activity level to be, the net should either be zero or a few hundred. If your numbers are accurate, you may be under-eating, and your body is holding on to your fat as a defense against starvation. You'll have to be the judge of that. Listen to your body. Are you fighting extreme hunger? There is certainly an adjustment period to go through, but this looks like you might not be eating enough.

Just something things to consider.

I'm sure you'll get lots of good advice from others as well. Good luck!
pixidaisy

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Posted: 22 Dec 2010, 09:23
As Z said, everyone is different. I noticed losses right away but have kind of slowed right now to hardly having movement. I find the best way to really measure results is taking measurements, how I look in pictures (I make myself take a picture once a month so I can compare them), how my clothes fit and how my fitness level has changed.

Portion control,and being truly honest in your food tracking will also make a difference. You may want to look at changing your calorie intake as well maybe you are eating your maintenance RDI, by lowering your RDI you may notice a change. I know it is super frustrating but keep your head up and eventually your body will decide its time to let go, it is really just trial and error until you find what works for you.

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kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 22 Dec 2010, 09:31
In an attempt to help you figure this out, I peeked at a couple of days of your food journal and the first thing I noticed was that your calories are up over 2000 quite often. At your weight, shooting for closer to 1500 might help. You could shave off calories by selecting foods with lower fat content and limiting alcohol, too. Getting plenty of protein and fiber will help keep your appetite in check even with lower calories. And making sure you drink plenty of water will help prevent water retention from sodium.

Good luck!

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
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Z'sMama

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Posted: 22 Dec 2010, 09:38
Yeah, I forgot to mention that I see the biggest losses when I cut back (or cut out) the alcohol.
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 22 Dec 2010, 10:58
...oh & to actually address your question, it's impossible for anyone to say "if you do A, B & C you can expect to see results in 6.2 days" or anything definite like you want. And let me just say that we ALL have times when we wish we had a crystal ball that would tell us we're on the right track when the scale isn't cooperating.

Since none of us do, all we can do is make suggestions for changes you can try, because that is really the essence of what you should do. Change something. Anything. Our bodies are amazing structures that can adapt to anything they are subjected to on a regular basis. If you run every day, your body will learn that running every day is a natural state & stop revving up the metabolism as much every time it happens. If you undereat, your body will learn that it's not going to get a whole lot of food each day, so it better hang on to what it IS getting & stop burning fat.

So these are all just ideas, try whichever ones you like & see how it goes. The worst that could happen is that your losses will slow down, which is already a problem anyway. Nothing to lose...except weight!

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/
doomgirl101

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Posted: 22 Dec 2010, 12:24
Well for me I had to lose 60 pounds before i saw any difference. You just got to stay on it because the change is so small you will barely know it at all. Also I will stay at the same weight for weeks and all of a sudden it will drop five pounds, it's the same for my other friends. It's odd but true. When I started to drink a lot more water I lost ten pounds in three days. I was that dehydrated
dieter93

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Posted: 22 Dec 2010, 15:01
I was 186lbs when i started a few months ago, i'm now 144lbs and I've only really started to notice the difference now, just keep at it and you'll see reults!



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