Ideal Protein Diet - When i will i see it? When will others notice?




Porthardygurl
08-04-2011, 06:06 AM
Im so discouraged..ive almost attained my first mini goal of losing 20 pounds which is the most i have ever lost in my lifetime of trying to diet..BUT..im so discourage because no one seems to notice and whats worse.. i dont notice so much either..Especially in my stomach i dont notice..and i know im a big girl and i am an hourglass that lost the glass shape...so how much weight will i have to lose before people notice? How much did you have to lose before you saw it in your face??


disgal
08-04-2011, 06:49 AM
Gosh, that's a tough one Porthardygirl. First off, congrats on losing 20 lbs!!:carrot: That is AWESOME!!!!! Way to go!!!!:hug:

My experience is that not many people are into complimenting others. :( If it weren't for my Hubby and a couple of immediate friends who know I'm working on losing weight, I don't think I received compliments until I lost about 35-40 lbs!!! Ugh!!! Even now people will ask..."are you losing weight"?? And I say "ummm, yeah, I've lost over 55 pounds"!! Ugh!!!

Please don't think it's you!!! I'm SURE it's noticeable! And remember that different people lose the weight in different areas first....so you may not notice in your face til you're down a few more (I don't think I noticed in my face for quite some time.....I lost around my waist first). :)

Just keep the faith, and come here to stay motivated (I don't know what I would do without these boards - they are my lifeline)!! Best wishes!!:hug:

fight2winthis
08-04-2011, 07:20 AM
Not an expert opinion, just something I read somewhere that we lose the initial weight from our organs first, so that we feel better cos our organs find it easier to function with less fat around them. That said, celebrate the non scale victories like how great you feel, and that should motivate you to lose more. It's a great accomplishment you've made, losing 20lbs is huge!!! Just keep doing what you're doing, and an additional pound loss will make a huge diff. Don't be discouraged girl, it happens. I know conpliments are a great motivation, but it takes time for it to show physically esp if like me you have a lot to lose (I started at 117kg/257lbs) it wasn't until I'd lost about 40lbs that pple started noticing! But I'm sure you feel the diff in the way your clothes fit, the mirror isn't so reliable. Cheers!


rachelearth
08-04-2011, 08:31 AM
Good morning.

Congratulations on losing almost 20 pounds. Way to go.

I think I should go find the post for you, lol. Someone recently had posted (I think I read it yesterday) that she has lost a lot but she was not seeing it. Then she took another set of pictures and compared them to her previous set and was amazed at the difference. Sometimes it is hard to see the difference in ourselves or people around us who see you every day. Hopefully you would run into someone who hasn’t seen you in a while and she would be able to tell you.

There is also the paper towel theory http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/2274030-post1.html

JoLoMN
08-04-2011, 08:35 AM
This is a tough one...

I know for myself, I have a problem noticing until 20 to 25 lbs lost. But once your clothes begin to feel roomy, I'm sure others will begin to notice.

It may be that others are noticing, but are not commenting because they don't want to say anything if they are not sure you want to acknowledge that your are working on losing.

Keep doing what you are doing. They will notice. At some tipping point, the compliments will come flying your way!

Sunshine87
08-04-2011, 09:00 AM
I have found that I have to lose about 15% of my body weight before other people start to notice. Many people do not want to say anything because they are afraid they are going to offend you in some way so they will never comment. I noticed that my face was thinning out within losing around 15 lbs but I gain weight in my face first. I can see the difference between pictures, not so much in the mirror. Take pictures of yourself and date then with your weight tagged too. It is rewarding to see the subtle changes as you go along. Congratulations on losing 20 lbs! 20 lbs lost is 20 lbs lost! It had to come off somewhere so you are looking great even if you cannot see it.

cadenlevi
08-04-2011, 09:28 AM
When I first starting losing weight (83 pounds ago) people didn't comment at first - especially those who saw me everyday (probably the papertowel theory). But after I lost about 40 pounds, the comments started. I have noticed that as I get closer to my goal weight, the losses are more prominant than when I had more to lose. I know it's discouraging when you feel you have done everything right and it doesn't appear that anything is happening, but be assured, it is. The longer you do this, the easier it is to do becaue you will see the pounds falling off. I had a rough go on week two. I was ready to give up because no one was noticing or saying anything; it's summer time so I wanted ice cream and fruit - you know the drill. But when I came to work after that aweful cheat weekend, one of my co-workers I hadn't seen in a couple weeks came to see me (she works in a different department) and said "Wow you look great! How are you losing your weight". So I knew it was working and knew that if I stuck with it, I would soon be over the "overweight" chapter in my life. I would bet that you will begin noticing the loss in the next week or so. Like many have siad, the initial weight is excess fluid in our body and not necessarially fat. Now that the fluid is gone, the fat will begin to melt off as well. You can do this Port!!! We are all here for you :hug:

jennylauren19
08-04-2011, 09:36 AM
Congrats Porthardygurl! 20lbs is awesome! I agree with Disgal that many people just don't offer compliments, mostly for selfish reasons. I also think the paper towel theory is a great analogy.

It might be hard for people who see you every day to notice a difference. I live with my boyfriend who hasn't noticed any change in me yet, but I saw my Mom (who lives in a different city) after only 2 weeks on IP, and she noticed right away.

audri8301
08-04-2011, 09:48 AM
Way to go on your first 20! My experiences have been similar to the other posters, no one really noticed until I was around 30 pounds in. I didn't see it myself for MUCH longer, except in photos. Keep plugging along, you can do it!

niknakjack
08-04-2011, 10:09 AM
Well done on the first 20lbs. You did it!

In my opinion for me it was around the 20lb loss that people started to take notice and have comments , by 30lbs. even more people noticed and at 40lbs. everyone wanted to know what I was doing!
I myself didn't notice the first twenty either, but I did feel the difference in my clothes.

ItsAboutTime
08-04-2011, 10:25 AM
Way to go on the 20 pounds! I just hit that today and I've been OP for 6 weeks! People are starting to notice now. Not a lot comment. Only 2 have at work and they've both been men. The ones who know I'm doing it comment but I think it's because they want to keep me going. Or maybe they just aren't scared to make a comment about it. I don't think it will be long before more notice on me because I'm finally starting to see it myself a little.

Pxlkitty4
08-04-2011, 10:49 AM
Im so discouraged..ive almost attained my first mini goal of losing 20 pounds which is the most i have ever lost in my lifetime of trying to diet..BUT..im so discourage because no one seems to notice and whats worse.. i dont notice so much either..Especially in my stomach i dont notice..and i know im a big girl and i am an hourglass that lost the glass shape...so how much weight will i have to lose before people notice? How much did you have to lose before you saw it in your face??

It will all come off, don't worry. It will probably take some people longer to notice than others. Also, some people will notice LONG before they actually say something to you. In some cases, people have probably said something to someone and then found out that the person was very sick.

2RIDEROLLERCOAST
08-04-2011, 10:56 AM
You are doing great, and they will notice... I think it also depends on how much you need to lose and your body frame... people didn't notice right away with me (except for one coworker he noticed after one week) but by the time you get to 50 lbs people are noticing and commenting... it is the greatest feeling for sure. Just be paitient Porty it will come... keep up the good work.

darbs7
08-04-2011, 11:02 AM
Im so discouraged..ive almost attained my first mini goal of losing 20 pounds which is the most i have ever lost in my lifetime of trying to diet..BUT..im so discourage because no one seems to notice and whats worse.. i dont notice so much either..Especially in my stomach i dont notice..and i know im a big girl and i am an hourglass that lost the glass shape...so how much weight will i have to lose before people notice? How much did you have to lose before you saw it in your face??

Honestly, it takes about 50% of what you want to lose before everyone notices. I wanted to lose 80-90 pounds....most compliments started around the 35-45 pound loss (but it only took about 7 weeks to lose 40 pounds). I really got tons of compliments once I was down about 55 pounds. I was down a total of 82, but after 2 months of maintenance I am up about 6 pounds, but the compliments keep rolling. Keep at it and you will get what you want.

Ishbel
08-04-2011, 11:09 AM
We started at about the same weight Port...people didn't start to say anything until 40 lbs. Although my close friends would constantly pep me up, it wasn't until 55 lbs that someone actually 'gushed' over how great I looked, that was last week. He didn't know I as actually working at it.

It will happen, use your before picture to help you see it in yourself. :)

Pxlkitty4
08-04-2011, 11:14 AM
Honestly, it takes about 50% of what you want to lose before everyone notices. I wanted to lose 80-90 pounds....most compliments started around the 35-45 pound loss (but it only took about 7 weeks to lose 40 pounds). I really got tons of compliments once I was down about 55 pounds. I was down a total of 82, but after 2 months of maintenance I am up about 6 pounds, but the compliments keep rolling. Keep at it and you will get what you want.

DARBS!!! Welcome back!

Rocky Monarch
08-04-2011, 01:56 PM
Honestly, it takes about 50% of what you want to lose before everyone notices. I wanted to lose 80-90 pounds....most compliments started around the 35-45 pound loss (but it only took about 7 weeks to lose 40 pounds). I really got tons of compliments once I was down about 55 pounds. I was down a total of 82, but after 2 months of maintenance I am up about 6 pounds, but the compliments keep rolling. Keep at it and you will get what you want.

Hey Darbs, great to hear from you and see you new picture!

yes, for me it was also about 30 pounds before anyone noticed...weird but true.
I LOVE the papertowel theory and that is a good thing to remember in phase 4, to keep the pounds from slowly creeping back...I will use that image!

One thing that helped keep me motivated...I got a 1 lb box of butter (empty!) and put it on my dresser. You've lost 20 boxes of butter!! Even if other people are not commenting yet, this is a grand accomplishment, so CONGRATS to you! :carrot:
If you have friends who buy butter, maybe they can give you the empty boxes and you can pile them up so you have a strong visual on just how far you have come?

wheekers
08-04-2011, 02:02 PM
People notice on me but I don't notice myself. I always wear baggy clothes so I don't really notice

cajunladybug22
08-04-2011, 02:21 PM
It definitely depends on body type and frame as to when people (or yourself) will notice. People didn't really start commenting until I had lost about 25lbs. and I was at 173 start weight. So hang in there, take progress pics (and maybe do measurements with a tape measure), and as the weight keeps coming off, you will get lots of comments.

Be patient, and all of this will be worth it. I promise!

gettinmygrooveback
08-04-2011, 03:07 PM
First..congrats on the 20#! Feels wonderful, doesn't it? Second...I made this comment to you numerous weeks back when you didn't understand why you couldn't see a 10# loss. You and me, girl...WE ARE TALL! 20# loss on our frames does not look the same as 20# on a 5'-2" woman and people will not notice it as easily. I have lost 33# to date and the comments/compliments are coming at me everyday now. :D The main reason (I think) that people are finally saying something to me is because I now wear smaller size clothing so the loss shows very easily. I was right where you are 13# and numerous inches ago. Have patience, grasshopper......you will be there very soon. If anything, use this as an excellent motivational tool to press forward.

brummie
08-04-2011, 04:35 PM
If you want people to notice you, push your shoulders back, put your head up and plant a big smile on your face...they may not know exactly what is different about you, but they will know it's definately something great....they may say something to you or not, it doesn't matter. After the initial struggles you had, you should be very proud of yourself, Port. Let that pride shine through you and people will eventually begin to notice...honest.

I was around the 30lb lost mark before people started to notice. That said, I still have a few people in my life who have said absolutely zilch even though I see them every 1-2 weeks and I'm 48lbs lost! I think some people don't like to say anything unless they know for sure what is going on with someone (sick, diet etc). I have the same issue with pregnant women, I don't say anything about a baby bump, unless I know for certain that it is indeed a baby bump! (god knows I looked pregnant for years when I wasn't, and was asked once when i was due!)

chellebee72
08-04-2011, 05:39 PM
Congrats on the 20# LOSS!!!!! I'm short 5'4" and people just started complimenting about my 27lb loss. A few noticed before then but it is more often. My own husband really hasn't said much :( I should really give him heck for that!!!! ;o)

ItsAboutTime
08-04-2011, 07:27 PM
Congrats on the 20# LOSS!!!!! I'm short 5'4" and people just started complimenting about my 27lb loss. A few noticed before then but it is more often. My own husband really hasn't said much :( I should really give him heck for that!!!! ;o)

I'm about 7 pounds behind you so I hope people keep noticing within the next few weeks.:carrot:

crash302
08-05-2011, 11:19 PM
I have lost around 56 lbs and some people have noticed. Other people kind of look at you a little funny. I think they want to say something but don't know how.