Weight Loss Support - Stood on the scale and am terribly upset

04-26-2007, 01:48 AM
I really don't understand it. Its been 2 months since I started exercising. I have been quite persistently hitting the gym, doing cardio, doing step classes and lifting weights. My trainer has commented that I do look different and am fitter than when I first started. I been eating right with one or two minor stumbles along the way. Nothing major. The only time I ate fastfood was the Burger King breakfast muffin thing 2 weeks back. Other than that I have been pretty good.

So why is it that yesterday afternoon when I stood on the scale, the weight told me I am pretty much back to where I first started. No weight loss. Nothing. Zlich. If anything, the scale is telling me I have GAINED weight.

I feel angry. Upset. Cheated. Absolutely depressed. Fine, my old clothes fit now so I know that at least something positive is happening here. But I want the scale to agree with me. I want the numbers to tell me I am working towards my goal. But they aren't. :(


04-26-2007, 02:05 AM
If you are looking fitter but the scale isn't changing, you are probably losing fat and gaining muscle. Go you!

How tall are you? 57 kg is about 126 pounds.

04-26-2007, 02:47 AM
I was trying to work out your weight chart as well, is it correct :?:

04-26-2007, 03:05 AM
The same thing happened to me a few weeks ago ,but i was feeling great so much energy .i ran and drank water and ate great i wish i would of stuck with it .but i had a medical condition get in my way and quit .i keep reading posts it does not happen over night thats very true .im going to go to a free weight watchers class tomorrow and learn portion control just for the heck of it ,and get a food scale maybe that might help push you as well they are having free meetings at the moment good luck on your journey will never no unless we stick with it!

04-26-2007, 06:54 AM
red, worthit,

Am pretty short (what would I give for long legs). Am about 4'9 the last time I checked. So that's 153 cm?


04-26-2007, 07:39 AM
But I want the scale to agree with me. I want the numbers to tell me I am working towards my goal. But they aren't. :(

I have a theory that the scale is the reason for the obesity epidemic. :) Why can't we have a diet book that delves into the mystery of the scale? It is really a major thing. Last night I was watching a special on TLC on the morbidly obese and this 500 lb guy was saying that he lost 29 lbs one week and then gained it back the next -- and he did nothing different. I had to laugh at that.

Anyhoo -- first know that although my ticker says 176 I have been jumping from 176 to 179 for a month.

I am not worried. I find my scale is only accurate about 2 times per month for about 2 days. I am pretty sure that other things such as sodium; hormones; and even muscle obscure the true weight.

However --you may have been eating better but still too much. I went through a period where I was on several different diets but still wasn't losing. I finally decided to eat less until my body lost and then I would at least have an idea of what calorie count I needed for my body to lose. Give it a shot? I mean if you have a muffin for breakfast - cut the muffin in 1/2 for a week.

04-26-2007, 07:52 AM
Hey shockingpurple! Yeah, that's frustrating! :mad:

Some years ago I decided that I would lose weight by exercising, and I had the same experience over time as you have had--I got really fit and strong! Which was GREAT! But I didn't lose weight. I think redlight is right that some of it is more muscle--but the other thing for me was that I wasn't watching or tracking my food intake.

It seems like when we exercise more, we also tend to eat more unless we have some way of judging how much we're eating--portion size, calories, points, whatever.

Don't give up! Try something different! For me, I count calories as well as exercising.

04-26-2007, 09:19 AM
I agree with JayEll.

Can you quantify "pretty good"? Some people's "pretty good" is 2200 calories, someone else's might be 1300.

04-26-2007, 09:40 AM
I will chime in with the calories too because I am an exercise FIEND.. it is not my weak point by any means so I decided to track my calories.. wow.. let me tell you.. I was taking in at LEAST 1900 cals a day. I wasnt gaining but I wasnt losing either. My appetite increases when I weight lift but when I do cardio it decreases.. so I always try weight lifting first and cardio last seems to help. :) I would track my calories.. first by going through and *honest* normal day.. write down alll your food and then find the calories for everything I think you will be suprised .. and by everything.. even the sugar and cream in your coffee adds up!

04-26-2007, 09:45 AM
Have you lost inches? That is awesome that your old clothes fit!

For some reason I usually gain weight (sometimes 5 lbs!!!) before I see the scale drop. I have heard that this could be because of water retention or muscle repair.

Keep with it! I have had month-long plateaus, which was frustrating. Think of all of the positive changes that you are making to your body! It will be worth it in the long run!

04-26-2007, 12:03 PM
shocking purple,

you and i have IDENTICAL weight/height--rare for people our size, yeah? i feel you. it's really hard when you've been working super hard and there's nothing reflected on the scale. just remember, weight is certainly not everything. you are doing a great job taking care of yourself and you should be proud. and if your clothes fit better and people have noticed a change, then it IS paying off. you should be proud of yourself.

also i have a hunch it's way harder for us short ladies to make that scale change... thoughts?

04-27-2007, 09:19 AM

Yeah...I will try cutting down on my portions. Maybe that's why the scale is giving me such a hard time. Argh. Its so frustating. But will try it for a week? Or two and see what happens. Well, am still comforted by the fact my clothes fit and I can buy a dress size smaller now.

Spark, yeah! I think us shorter ladies have it tough. Not only is the scale more stubborn to budge, any access fat shows up more obviously!


04-27-2007, 12:40 PM
Hi ShockingPurple!

I OFTEN lose inches and pants sizes but lose ZERO pounds! I think we are all built so differently and our bodies go about the tasks so differently, too!

Are you maybe eating too little and your body is heading into starvation mode? I know that because I am active I HAVE to eat enough carbs and can't lessen my calories too much or my body says, "Whoa, there, Girl! What are ya DOIN' to me?!!!!" and responds with no weight loss OR a weight GAIN.

I'm upping my exercise and returning my calories to 1500. 1200 was too low, and I just did NOT feel good with it.

I just recently lost more inches, so it must be working. Maybe it will work for you, too!

Good Luck!

Plateau Girl Cheryl

04-28-2007, 12:10 AM
If you want to try tracking your food intake fitday is fun...it turns out graphs which are pretty darn cool. the link to mine is on the bottom of this post and I think you can take it from there or just go to fitday.com

04-28-2007, 12:54 AM
I would also chart measurements! I hadn't lost any weight since August (til recently:carrot: ) but I have kept track of my measurements and I've definitely lost inches:D Scales are evil:devil: Don't trust them!