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June 15, 2012 5:35 AM
I've been working really hard for almost a month and have only lost one pound. People say it looks like I'm losing inches, but weighed myself this morning (first time and a week and 1/2) and nothing :(
How does this happen? And what can I do to boost the weight loss? ( I have been recording everything I eat on here and doing good!)
Thanks!
June 15, 2012 5:54 AM
Have you Tried taking Supplements??
June 15, 2012 5:57 AM
It is possible to lose inches and not weight. Have you taken your measurements? If not, you should. I record all of them - waist, hips, chest, thighs, calves, arms (upper and lower) and neck - I even started watching my wrist measurements, because I was losing inches everywhere, but not the pounds. I am happy with inches lost though - means I get to wear smaller clothes sooner!!
  9848834
June 15, 2012 6:33 AM
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It is possible to lose inches and not weight. Have you taken your measurements? If not, you should. I record all of them - waist, hips, chest, thighs, calves, arms (upper and lower) and neck - I even started watching my wrist measurements, because I was losing inches everywhere, but not the pounds. I am happy with inches lost though - means I get to wear smaller clothes sooner!!


I will start. Good idea!! Do you know how that works? I was always told losing lbs is more important... Why doesn't it go down?
June 15, 2012 6:33 AM
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Have you Tried taking Supplements??


I really haven't. Any suggestions?
June 15, 2012 6:41 AM
I've been told the scale is an evil thing, to measure and put away the scale but i can't do that!! but maybe you are gaining muscle so it appears that you aren't losing weight! I agree with littlewitch19, you should measure so you can see whats dropping and that should boost you up and make you proud!! Keep up the great work!! ;0)
June 15, 2012 6:42 AM
You definitely need to take measurements!! I've been doing 30DS for almost 25 days & I've only lost 3-4 pounds, but 8.5 inches. I'm a numbers person so I would rather see the weight come off, but I do see more definition in my stomach & thighs...I just really wish I would've taken before pics - I would recommend doing that right now!!
June 15, 2012 6:46 AM
Because muscle weighs more than fat. You've probably lost inches but because of the muscle gain, it's not reflected on the scale. Take your measurements and be aware of how your clothes fit. You'll be pleasantly surprised!


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It is possible to lose inches and not weight. Have you taken your measurements? If not, you should. I record all of them - waist, hips, chest, thighs, calves, arms (upper and lower) and neck - I even started watching my wrist measurements, because I was losing inches everywhere, but not the pounds. I am happy with inches lost though - means I get to wear smaller clothes sooner!!


I will start. Good idea!! Do you know how that works? I was always told losing lbs is more important... Why doesn't it go down?
June 15, 2012 6:47 AM
patience. Losing inches is great. You are tightening up.. You will soon lose lbs, you just have to be patient. Keep doing what you are doing because you are seeing results even if they aren't the scale results you wanted.
June 15, 2012 6:47 AM
Yes, I am using Oxyelite Pro and L-Carnitine.

Oxyelite Pro is a thermogenic. It speeds up your metabolism and it will make you sweat a lot when working because it's a thermogenic

L-Carnitine use the your bodyfat for energy causing you to burn more fat.

I use both together and I am getting good results
June 15, 2012 6:48 AM
Another good measure is how your clothes fit.
June 15, 2012 6:48 AM
You could have lost inches and gained muscles. It's not the number on the scale that counts if you want to lose weight, it's the inches.
June 15, 2012 6:49 AM
Ive lost inches first...and ALOT of them! I like it better Buti do enjo watching the scale go down! So i invested in the advocare 24 day challenge and now my weights finally going down!!! Its all natural vitamins and minerals and stuff!!
  4464142
June 15, 2012 6:53 AM
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It is possible to lose inches and not weight. Have you taken your measurements? If not, you should. I record all of them - waist, hips, chest, thighs, calves, arms (upper and lower) and neck - I even started watching my wrist measurements, because I was losing inches everywhere, but not the pounds. I am happy with inches lost though - means I get to wear smaller clothes sooner!!


I will start. Good idea!! Do you know how that works? I was always told losing lbs is more important... Why doesn't it go down?


Healthy muscles and bones are stronger and heavier than unhealthy ones. If you take body fat out of the equation, then heavier is healthier. It's only body fat that messes things up because too much body fat is unhealthy, and of course the more of that you have the more you're going to weigh. Also your body stores glycogen in the muscles and the liver, this is stored with water and this increases the weight of your muscles and liver. Your bones get stronger and denser when you exercise and eat calcium, this helps protect you against osteoporosis, and your bones get heavier too.

The best advice I've heard with regards to this is to try to be as heavy as you can at a goal dress size.

Body composition is more important than how much you weigh, i.e. how much body fat you have and how much lean body mass you have. More lean body mass = healthier, less body fat = healthier (up to a point of course there is such a thing as too little body fat). When people have a lot of fat to lose, the scale will go downwards as they lose fat, but the less fat you have to lose the more likely it is that the scale will stay the same while you lose inches. Even if you don't have that much fat to lose what sometimes happens is that your weight is stable while you lose fat (loss of inches = loss of body fat) because you have lean body mass gains going on at the same time, but then after a while the lean body mass gains stop but you carry on losing fat so the weight does go down.
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June 15, 2012 6:53 AM
I have found that when I begin a workout routine, the 1st month I see absolutely no change in my weight what-so-ever but my clothes fit differently... then after the 2nd month or so i see the weight melt off... i think its to muscle toning... the major problem i find with that is that after a month of working towards my goal as hard as i can, i dont see the results on the scale and i lose interest because i dont believe im getting anywhere... i like the "its not the number on the scale that counts if you want to lose weight, it's the inches" because basically i just want to fit back into my clothes comfortably
June 15, 2012 6:56 AM
I'm the same. I haven't lost any weight (even out on a pound) but have lost 2.5 inches of my waist and 1.5 inches off my waist in the last 3 months. I say definitely measure yourself, because i understand how disheartening it is to work so hard and those scales dont budge, but the measuring tape probably has. Good luck x
June 15, 2012 6:57 AM
I have lost two inches in a bit over a month and only a pound. If I had to choose, I would choose inches over pounds any day. (I measure every day)
  8153708
June 15, 2012 6:59 AM
Don't lose faith! I am almost finished with my first month of Insanity and have seen very (VERY) little difference on the scale. But just yesterday, I was able to button a pair of work slacks that didn't even come close to buttoning when I purchased them six months ago! The physical change is visible! So don't focus on the scale - that will happen for you (and me!) eventually. Stick with it! The only thing that keeps me going is the reminder that I didn't gain 25 pounds in a month, so I won't lose it in a month. It takes work and commitment. Also, ask yourself how your body feels - energized, healthy, strong? If it does, then you are getting results! :-)
Edited by christinegarza On June 15, 2012 7:00 AM
June 15, 2012 7:01 AM
Taking pictures and measuring is key. I have been on this site since February and I kid you not I have lost only between 2-4 lbs BUT I can see a big difference in my body. Good luck!
June 15, 2012 7:02 AM
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It is possible to lose inches and not weight. Have you taken your measurements? If not, you should. I record all of them - waist, hips, chest, thighs, calves, arms (upper and lower) and neck - I even started watching my wrist measurements, because I was losing inches everywhere, but not the pounds. I am happy with inches lost though - means I get to wear smaller clothes sooner!!


I will start. Good idea!! Do you know how that works? I was always told losing lbs is more important... Why doesn't it go down?


Healthy muscles and bones are stronger and heavier than unhealthy ones. If you take body fat out of the equation, then heavier is healthier. It's only body fat that messes things up because too much body fat is unhealthy, and of course the more of that you have the more you're going to weigh. Also your body stores glycogen in the muscles and the liver, this is stored with water and this increases the weight of your muscles and liver. Your bones get stronger and denser when you exercise and eat calcium, this helps protect you against osteoporosis, and your bones get heavier too.

The best advice I've heard with regards to this is to try to be as heavy as you can at a goal dress size.

Body composition is more important than how much you weigh, i.e. how much body fat you have and how much lean body mass you have. More lean body mass = healthier, less body fat = healthier (up to a point of course there is such a thing as too little body fat). When people have a lot of fat to lose, the scale will go downwards as they lose fat, but the less fat you have to lose the more likely it is that the scale will stay the same while you lose inches. Even if you don't have that much fat to lose what sometimes happens is that your weight is stable while you lose fat (loss of inches = loss of body fat) because you have lean body mass gains going on at the same time, but then after a while the lean body mass gains stop but you carry on losing fat so the weight does go down.


I LOVE your thinking. OP, please follow this.

The scale does NOT tell the complete truth. PLEASE take your measurements , track your body fat % AND take photos. Take a look at my blog - http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/DyanCB. I had the same frustrations as you. I have lost few pounds but my body composition has improved significantly. I have vowed not to get on the scale until July and, instead, focus on measurements and how my clothes fit.

I am one who wishes MFP would give us body fat % tickers in addition to weight tracking tickers. The focus is fitness, not just weight.

Keep going
June 15, 2012 7:05 AM
I've actualy gained a few pounds the last month and yet I now fit into jeans 2 sizes smaller. Scale isnt everything. I'm guessing in a couple weeks I'll see a big scale drop over a 2 week period.
  11497402
June 15, 2012 7:07 AM
So, it is definitely possible to lose inches without losing weight. I dropped two dresses sizes without dropping a pound (from an 8 to a 6) just from yoga, which is all strength training. My weight remained the same but I lost two inches off of my waist and everything else contracted as well. :) So take your measurements and track those, especially if you don't have a lot to lose.

If you have a good bit to lose (more than 15 pounds) and the scale isn't moving, it's probably what you're eating or how often you're moving. :)
June 15, 2012 7:07 AM
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It is possible to lose inches and not weight. Have you taken your measurements? If not, you should. I record all of them - waist, hips, chest, thighs, calves, arms (upper and lower) and neck - I even started watching my wrist measurements, because I was losing inches everywhere, but not the pounds. I am happy with inches lost though - means I get to wear smaller clothes sooner!!


I will start. Good idea!! Do you know how that works? I was always told losing lbs is more important... Why doesn't it go down?


If you do weights, it is very possible to add lean body mass and lose inches since muscle weighs more per cubic inch than fat does... Essentially your body fat percentage is getting lower in that case and that would be a very good thing. Best wishes on achieving your goals.
  16346599
June 15, 2012 7:07 AM
something i've recently learned, when you first start it can take up to 3 months to see real serious results, don't give up, it tool a long time to get here and the body can be stubborn, show it who's boss! tape measure can be a better friend than the scale especially in the beginning! even 1 lbs lost in the first month is better than the gains from the past!!!
  16968228
June 15, 2012 7:08 AM
Heres some pictures that may help you.

Water storage in muscles, sodium and carbs in the diet, changes in muscle density, shifting of bodyfat - all effect scale weight, and make it appear you are not improving.

Inch measurements and body composition are MUCH more important then scale weight only.

Weight loss can be muscle and fat. (per the scale)

You want to loss fat and keep lean muscle - not lose weight only.

My results have been similar to below , I am 10-15 pounds heavier then my "rough goal weight" but am already AT my goal clothing size, and physically I am about 1-2 times smaller clothing wise, then last time I was at my goal weight (when I had less muscle) - So I look tighter leaner and smaller, then before at my "small" weight. (size 7/8)

So to everyone else I look like I am already at my goal weight. But I am scale weight heavier, which is fine :) Don't stress to much over the scale, or at least not as your only guide. Its a limited tool, and only ONE tool to use.

Less weight - yep you will look good dressed and may fit the smaller clothing size - but, add more muscle and a bit more scale weight - you also fit the smaller clothing size, AND look good dressed AND look good nakkid. Thats a win-win :)

5 lbs heavier in after pic, but tighter and leaner
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Not same girl, but cute example
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Same weight, after was when she started lifting heavy
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Different girls but both size 4
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Same girl, before and after lifting heavy weights, she lost 5 lbs
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Stacy, read her story here: She is 14 lbs heavier in after
http://nerdfitness.com/blog/2011/07/21/meet-staci-your-new-powerlifting-super-hero/
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10 lbs heavier in after
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10 lbs heavier in after
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Different girl, but both size 2
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5 pounds difference - big body change
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Fat vs Muscle
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Edited by tangal88 On June 15, 2012 7:21 AM

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