June 8th, 2007, 11:27 PM
How long before I see results?
Kind of a silly question, I know.....but how long after you start exercising will you start losing weight? I've been doing a treadmill program for a week, 30-45 mins twice a day. I go between 3.5 and 4 mph, and I used 4 different programs - one is a cardio walk, one is strength moves, one is called "pyramid" which is using the incline on the treadmill, and the last is a combination of all 3. Anyway, I know it's only been a week, but I have actually GAINED 1.5 lbs! I have started eating less and healthier and started exercising (which I did NONE of before). Am I doing something wrong? Or am I just gaining muscle? I'd like to keep motivation, but it's frustrating because I am working so hard but not seeing the needle on the scale move down!
June 9th, 2007, 12:13 AM
You may very well have put on some muscle.
How "clean" and healthy has your eating been? After one week into a diet and exercise program, one night of a couple of adult beverages or indulging in a dessert after a nice dinner could have done you in.
Do you feel any different or look any different? I know it's just a week and a pound and a half. But if you feel better or look a little better, I think you're on the right track.
June 9th, 2007, 12:27 AM
Took me 3 weeks before I lost my 1st pound. Try keeping a food journel , big part of losing is calories in and calories out. You need to see how many your eating in order figure out whats going on. good luck hang in there
June 10th, 2007, 11:10 AM
i have been doing Weight Watchers for a long time and i had the same problem, i wasn't seeing the results and i was getting frustrated and wanted to give up. i was doing the biggest loser workout DVD and working my butt off everyday for 45 minutes 6 days a week.
one thing i had realized was that i needed to measure my inches, i was losing inches, but not pounds and i had even found myself not losing anything on occasion. i know how frustrating it is and i have tried many many times and i have failed and given up, i am hoping this time will be different.
the biggest thing i found that is a problem is that i was eating low fat desserts every other night and it was within my points, but weight watchers even warns that you need to watch your sugars and carbs even when it's within your points because your body is going to have a hard time losing the weight.
i learned that i couldn't eat low-fat ice cream or anything like that and if i wanted dessert, i would eat fresh fruit or have a cup of tea with some Stevia in it... If you don't know what stevia is, click on that link... artificial sweeteners have bad side effects to your body and they are not healthy even though you think you're doing something good for yourself. i know how hard it is when artificial sweeteners are taken away from you too, i wouldn't accept the fact at first when people would tell me that they were bad, but once i cut them out, i noticed my body was becoming healthier and i was actually losing more weight. refined sugar is horrible as well, stevia and maple syrup and honey are the best ways to sweeten your foods.
to become healthy you need to make a lot of changes in your diet, not just lowering the fat and sugar... don't worry about the weight right now, just worry about becoming healthier. cut out all the chemicals in your diet, like artificial sweeteners, hormones in meats, pesticides on fruits and vegetables... it's a lot to ask for and it can become costly, but just worry mostly about the artificial sweeteners and sugars and fats. at first eating regular fruits and vegetables is better than nothing and once you get a taste for it then you can slowly integrate the organic foods in your diet, you just need to learn how to do it first.
another trick i have found that helps to keep temptation from over running your efforts is to tell yourself that you DON'T LIKE whatever it is you want to eat, you might still eat it, but don't feel guilty when you eat it because that can cause you to retain the fat more when you stress over it... if you are going to eat it, eat it, but don't feel guilty about it. just keep telling yourself you don't like whatever you are tempted to eat and after a while you won't want to eat it and if you do, you actually won't like it because of the psychological ideas you are putting into your mind.
sorry for writing such a long post, i just wanted to give some tips/advice on things that i do that help me sometimes... it's all about discipline and it doesn't work overnight, it takes time and even when you crash and burn, you need to just keep going and try harder the next time.
June 10th, 2007, 06:40 PM
^ Those are good posts, but for when you want to SEE a difference..
Most people don't notice a difference when they look in the mirror or at themselves.
Measure your body parts (wrist, forearm, upper arm, thighs, calves, hips, waist, bust, etc)
Take pictures every month, or every 10lbs you lose. Compare them and you'll love the difference you see.
^ Try to wear the same clothes in all pictures, and pose in the same way.
June 12th, 2007, 12:17 AM
Well I am going to go a little different route on this post.
It looks like you need to change your routine to something that promotes working towards your goals a little more.
I would like to know more about your current program as far as your diet is concerned.
If you desire list your diet in as much detail as possible.
June 12th, 2007, 03:51 PM
June 12th, 2007, 04:09 PM
'but don't feel guilty when you eat it because that can cause you to retain the fat more when you stress over it'
erm... are you sure? I really don't see how that would apply
you shouldn't expect anything too drastic on the first week, and most likely have put on muscle
I wouldnt really advise doing the treadmill programs twice a day, although I don't know what you have been doing before, as this could really put pressure on knees, ankles, hips and back. Try using a cross trainer instead, which also works more of the body, and maybe use it on random so you don't know what intensity you're going to get next
and as has been said, don't concentrate on your weight, but on your inches
according to the BMI some international rugby players and the like are classed as obese, when really they are just very heavy with muscle, and nowadays doctors are concentrating more on waist size
I think it is 35"+ for a woman and 40+ for a man that is classed as obese/unhealthy
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