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cbressler1976
04-24-2012, 09:34 AM
My clothes are getting too big for me, but the scale doesn't move as much... Shouldn't the scale also move as fast? Thanks all!


kirsteng
04-24-2012, 09:45 AM
I'm no expert, so I'll be interested to read what others chime in on this.

For myself though, I'm just experiencing the same for the first time ever. I have only lost a couple of pounds in the last 3 months, but suddenly last week I noticed that I was now having to tighten my belt to the third notch, when I bought it 2 1/2 months ago it was at the first. So I thought it was just that it was a new belt, so it must have stretched. Then I noticed this week (when I didn't have a belt on my jeans) that my jeans were suddenly loose as well. For me it really seems to be affecting my waist area the most, which is a bit strange as that's probably where I have the least to lose. :?: Anyhow, I'll take it! ;)

Congrats on your measurement loss and keep up the good work!

berryblondeboys
04-24-2012, 09:52 AM
My experience has been - inches first, pounds later.


SugarRomeoTango4852
04-24-2012, 09:52 AM
First: Congratulations on clothes getting looser! That is a good thing no matter how you look at it!

Second: I am not expert but you may be losing inches, before weight.It is not uncommon, I dropped an entire pants size before I saw a difference in my weight. Depending on if you are exercising, you may be getting trimmer but building muscle (which weighs more than fat) so the scale may not move as fast.

sontaikle
04-24-2012, 10:11 AM
Check back with us in a couple of days; I'd bet good money that your weight will have gone down.

It's common to lose the inches first and then the weight. It happened to me a lot actually. At one point I was stuck at 136lbs for three weeks and yet went from a size 8 to a 4! After that, WHOOSH, five pounds gone very quickly.

cbressler1976
04-24-2012, 10:20 AM
Thank you all for your replies!! I am jogging, so it could also be muscles...but I hope that in a couple of days it does go quickly!! You all are such inspirations to me!! It's not easy....sometimes I want to give up, but I come here and read your stories and then I feel better... Thank you all! :)

thistoo
04-24-2012, 10:55 AM
Running will definitely help you tighten up, but it can make you hang onto water while your muscles repair themselves and get used to the new activity. It's totally normal to get smaller while the scale stays the same. I am experiencing the same thing myself right now. Just keep at it and you'll see the numbers go down soon.

QuilterInVA
04-24-2012, 11:01 AM
you may be getting trimmer but building muscle (which weighs more than fat) so the scale may not move as fast.

Please explain your statement that muscle weighs more than fat. A pound is 16 ounces whether its fat or muscle. Muscle takes up less volume than fat but the weight is the same. It also takes more calories to support a pound of muscle than a pound of fat.

shapedself
04-24-2012, 12:48 PM
They don't always match up as cleanly as you like. It's completely normal. Keep up the good work.

Natasha22
04-24-2012, 05:38 PM
I think it's normal and congrats for not giving up! What an awesome feeling it is when clothes just fit better. I've bought a few dresses for summer a size smaller than what I am now, hopefully in a month or so I'll be able to wear them. :)

SugarRomeoTango4852
04-24-2012, 08:35 PM
Please explain your statement that muscle weighs more than fat. A pound is 16 ounces whether its fat or muscle. Muscle takes up less volume than fat but the weight is the same. It also takes more calories to support a pound of muscle than a pound of fat.

lol. My apologies, I am aware they weight the same (because a pound is a pound) but when at times like this is explains better how her clothes are fitting better without losing weight. I just stated it incorrectly, my apologies

cbressler1976
04-24-2012, 08:41 PM
Thank you all!! I miss those days when I could lose weight so easily....by now I would have been super skinny!! ....but I will get there....it is teaching me patience! :)

mirax3
04-24-2012, 08:44 PM
It's normal, just as everyone said. Probably water retention from exercising, building muscle etc.

I haven't gone down in weight for several weeks now but because of increasing my weight training I have lost 3 inches in my waist. Just keep up the good work and it will come off!

hazyl
04-25-2012, 04:17 AM
It's normal. Your body burned fats and build muscle where muscle is heavier than fats. Correct me if i'm wrong :)

kateleestar
04-25-2012, 08:17 AM
My experience has been - inches first, pounds later.

This happens to me too, exactly. Like now, I seem to be at the same weight for weeks, UGH, at a time, but I've been getting more compliments and I went down a snap in my bra.. and almost another jeans size. So, it's good... And technically, if I look and feel a certain way, I don't care what that number is. :)

runningfromfat
04-25-2012, 12:05 PM
Just chiming it to agree that it's normal, especially if you're working out a lot (you have more of a chance of water retention then). I went for a long plateau once where I didn't lose anything but was losing inches like crazy. I never really had a whoosh afterwards but it also coincided with when I started weight training so I think I was building up some muscle during that time. ;)