Weight Loss Support - Need some encouragement please---
08-23-2004, 07:00 PM
I posted to the exercise board but unfortunately got no response :( Maybe someone here will be able to give me some support and advice as I feel totally frustrated.
I lost 25 lbs cutting refined sugars, bad carbs, etc. It worked like a charm but everything just stopped 6 months ago. I joined a gym in an attempt to stir things up (and for a generally healthier lifestyle). 6 weeks later and I still see absolutely no difference on the scale (or measurements - and I did measure!) I am so frustrated. I continue to eat in the same healthy way and have added 45 min cardio and 20 minute weight training 4-5 days a week. Shouldn't I see at least some results by now? I figure that with all things being equal, the several hundred calories that I burn off during every gym session should have added up to something. Please help keep me on track. I am not sure what I am doing wrong :?:
Thanks in advance.
08-23-2004, 07:18 PM
hello, i just wanted to say hello and welcome you here to 3fc. Do you also measure yourself or just weigh your self on a scale, sometimes you lose more inches than actual pounds, but by going to the gym your body is getting toner, also i have heard a lot of people talking about hitting a plateau or many during weight loss, some ideas i have heard and tried are to zig zag your calories so your metabolism will keep at a good pace....for example i try to stay around 1200-1400 cals. a day but you can zig zag by doing 1200 one day and then 1400 the next day and so on, also , i got an idea from another person on this board is to give yourself one or two free meals a week...nothing to crazy... :) and by eating a little more calories you actaully will speed up your metabolism, and it does work but if you are eating to low amount of calories it will backfire and your metabolism will slow down. if thats not your problem maybe consult a physician and have your thyroid checked etc....... dont give up! good luck on your goals...
08-23-2004, 08:12 PM
That's some very good advice. Did you see the physician before you started the program? It's always recommended to do that because it allows him to check you out and it allows you to set a base line of numbers. There are many variables in dealing with the human body. Metabolic rate, age,fitness level, etc. all lend to what your results will be. It's not uncommon for such plateaus to be reached although it is early. You could even be at your ideal weight. We're not doctors, although we went to Frat parties with some pre med guys at school. Check with yours.
As for encouragement, you have only worked out for six weeks, it has taken me three years so far. A lot of other people have taken a lot longer and not had as much results. Like Hippiechick said, your body could be reshaping itself right now. Don't quit, don't ever quit. If you really want something bad enough, no power on earth will stand in your way. Mao Tse-Tung said, "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." Keep on chasing that dream!
08-23-2004, 10:07 PM
Thanks Hippie, to answer your question - yes I did measure :-( I will have to try to play around with the calorie counting as I never did that before. I just cut out or simply limited the "unhealthy foods" and the weight just dropped off till this plateau. I also went to my doctor about 4 months ago and everything is fine. Actually, he is the one who recommended that I should start to exercise anyway and that it should shock my system into moving down further. thanks again for your support and congrats on your great success in losing your weight.
Jack, What can I say. What an accomplishment to lose 180 lbs! I can't believe that someone can actually do that - wow. You must be an entirely different person with a new life now. Congratulation on your success. I know that I should not get discouraged this early on. I was just hoping to see at least a tiny little change to keep me going. 7-8 hrs a week is a long time to spend in the gym for someone who has NEVER exercised at all. I will definately keep going as I do feel stronger and feel great overall. Even if for no other reason, the health benefits are worth all the effort. Thanks again.
08-23-2004, 10:31 PM
Regina -- You make a very good point about your calories being linked with your plateau... Maybe it's time to up the ante a bit and get more vigilant with your calories, protein and carb and fat ratio ... Sometimes something as small as omitting the cream in your coffee will make the difference... I log my food at fitday.com... It's free you just have to register....HTH...
08-23-2004, 11:00 PM
Ilene, So true on the little things like cream in your coffee. If you drink a lot of coffee it really adds up. Regina- I am the same person as I was before, the difference is one of accountability. I have accepted the fact that I was given a life, one life, and I had to be accountable for my actions. I didn't lose it all at once because I didn't gain it all at once. There is no limit on what you can accomplish. Remember the little engine that could. I think I can, I think I can.
08-23-2004, 11:04 PM
Thanks Ilene. I will check out fitday. Isn't it odd how things change.... One day one thing works and then suddenly it no longer works. What I find strange is that if I now eat the same calories that I ate while losing (or for the past 6 months not gaining) and have now added exercise, why don't the extra calories burned add up to loss in weight/inches?? That puzzles me but then again I think I need to give it more time and reevaluate. The calorie counting certainly can't hurt, right?
08-23-2004, 11:37 PM
Regina, With exercise you are building lean muscle. Muscle weighs proportionately more than fat so as you replace fat with muscle your weight takes a while to start dropping. The biggest advantage to muscle over fat is that muscle will burn more calories even at rest. Hence you will lose weight.This is a greatly simplified version.