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June 16, 2012 7:17 AM
I started CrossFit a week and a half ago, and I'm seeing no weight loss results. I'm eating 1200 calories a day and drinking tons of water...

Any motivation or explanations are welcomed... It's pretty frustrating to have my muscles aching this badly and the fat won't come off.

Thanks for the support!
June 16, 2012 7:18 AM
A lot of people are going to tell you to eat more. I'm gonna agree with them and also tell you to have some patience. It's only been a week in a half.
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June 16, 2012 7:19 AM
You may not be eating enough to fuel your body for all of the training you are doing.
June 16, 2012 7:19 AM
Youre surely measuring inches aswell right.
June 16, 2012 7:20 AM
Ooops, pressed send too quick.

Also, get on the protein shake or something, will dull the ache massively!
June 16, 2012 7:20 AM
if you are doing something as stenuous as crossfit, definately eat more. also remember you are building muscle which infact does weigh more than fat by mass.
June 16, 2012 7:21 AM
If you are new to exercise, your muscles are probably retaining a lot of water (and the fact you are aching badly suggests this is true). Stick with it, and as your body adjusts to the exercise level, you will loss that fluid and start seeing the weight drop off.

(I assume your calorie count is accurate. Measure your portions - it is easily to underestimate how much you are actually eating).
Edited by runnerdad On June 16, 2012 7:22 AM
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June 16, 2012 7:22 AM
The trainer at my gym that teaches crossfit says expect zero scale changes until at LEAST week 3. After that it will be a radical drop IF you're fueling yourself properly. Something about the muscles adjusting and fat burning ratios is why he said it takes so long for the scale to catch up. Hang in there! Try looking at inches for a little bit maybe?
June 16, 2012 7:23 AM
Gosh a week and half? 10 days and you havent dropped any weight. Hell I lost 42 lbs in my first 10 days.
June 16, 2012 7:23 AM
You're dropping fat and adding muscle. Muscle is heavy.
June 16, 2012 7:26 AM
QUOTE:

You're dropping fat and adding muscle. Muscle is heavy.


You can build muscle in 10 days on 1200 calories????? WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWWOW
June 16, 2012 7:27 AM
QUOTE:

You're dropping fat and adding muscle. Muscle is heavy.


No it's really not any heavier then fat.
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June 16, 2012 7:32 AM
Are you eating back your exercise calories? If not, you are probaby starving! LOL!
June 16, 2012 7:34 AM
QUOTE:

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You're dropping fat and adding muscle. Muscle is heavy.


No it's really not any heavier then fat.


http://www.healthscience.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=549:does-muscle-weight-more-than-fat&catid=102:jeff-novicks-blog&Itemid=267

muscle is more dense than fat and therefore weighs more by mass.

she could be the same weight but dropping inches
June 16, 2012 7:38 AM
YOU NEED TO EAT MORE!
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June 16, 2012 7:42 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

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You're dropping fat and adding muscle. Muscle is heavy.


No it's really not any heavier then fat.


http://www.healthscience.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=549:does-muscle-weight-more-than-fat&catid=102:jeff-novicks-blog&Itemid=267

muscle is more dense than fat and therefore weighs more by mass.

she could be the same weight but dropping inches


In 10 days, she's probably not lost much of anything...

to OP, keep at it...after week 4, have a look in the mirror again, you'll be pleasantly surprised :)
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June 16, 2012 7:43 AM
Im sorry in 10 days or so you are not really:

A. Dropping a significant amount of fat

B. Building any New Muscle


If you notice inches going down in 10 days its water weight. If you are losing weight its water weight.

I just lots 4.5lbs this week, 2 inches. Its water weight. The human body is a water tank, especially females.

If you workout during dieting and you start to lose weight you will see "muscles" these aren't really new muscle growth, its the toning of the muscles you have done during exercising but now the water/fat isnt covering them.
June 16, 2012 7:47 AM
Patience is key! I've done Crossfit on and off for a couple of years and the weight does not come off in a week and a half. The only way weight comes off that fast is water weight. Honestly, give it atleast a couple of months.
June 16, 2012 7:51 AM
Just hang in there and be patient. Honestly, throw the scale out for the first couple months and just take measurements. It's possible that 1200 calories might be too low for you but it's hard to say without knowing all of your stats and daily activity (non exercise).
June 18, 2012 4:54 AM
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Gosh a week and half? 10 days and you havent dropped any weight. Hell I lost 42 lbs in my first 10 days.


Some people do this. Most don't. [OK, so this person is really "exaggerating for effect"--but what I mean is some people DO lose a lot really fast and some don't! I DO get it, now--but my point stands anyway--don't get down about it!] Don't let it discourage you. You are definitely not eating enough if you are counting right. Protein right before or after workout is very important. Make sure what you're eating is actually food--to quote Lou Schuler, "A bag of Doritos won't do it."

You are doing right to start asking questions rather than getting disgusted and quitting! Keep doing the right thing--and checking yourself like you're doing now to see if you're REALLY doing the right thing--and let the results take care of themselves. Some of us just are much slower to respond metabolically and we just have to hang in there.

Go for it!
Edited by MeadowSong On June 18, 2012 5:05 AM
June 18, 2012 5:03 AM
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You're dropping fat and adding muscle. Muscle is heavy.


No it's really not any heavier then fat.


The "x" volume of muscle weighs more than the same volume of fat. So you look thinner, and are thinner if you measure, but weigh the same (or sometimes more). But there is not a measurable difference in 10 days.
June 18, 2012 5:05 AM
QUOTE:

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You're dropping fat and adding muscle. Muscle is heavy.


You can build muscle in 10 days on 1200 calories????? WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWWOW


I want these mystical results!
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June 18, 2012 5:07 AM
Crossfit is an extreme strength/cardio workout so you prob need to up your cals to about 1800-2000 per day on the conservative side. Also, weight loss w/ Crossfit is not going to be quick, because your are strength training along w/ cardio, so even though your weight may not be dropping on the scale, you are still leaning out and building muscle which is actually a better trade-off.
June 18, 2012 5:10 AM
I know people hear this all the time, and I used to want to punch people when they said it, but eat more. I'm getting ready to start a strenuous heavy lifiting program and I am being guided to eat almost 2000 calories on days I don't work out and 2200-2300 on days that I do. Your body needs the fuel and actually eating less slows down your metabolism and your residual burn from heavy weight training. I know all the crossfit programs I've looked at have nutritionists and the trainers are all really nice, I would say talk to them and see if they can give you suggestions. Also, make sure you are consuming enough protein, MFP automatically sets your goal to 15%, up it to 30%, and get protein and drink it post workout.

Also, when you start a heavy training program your muscles retain water, LOTS of water to help the healing process of your muscles, which is why women tend to think they're "bulking up" when in all actuality you don't build muscle that quickly. I would say stick with it for 4 weeks, and at 4 weeks, re-evaluate your process, take measurements, and pictures, and notice how your clothes fit. Don't get discouraged, body change with muscle takes a while!
June 18, 2012 5:11 AM
You need to give it more time. Your muscles do retain water when working out to such a hard degree. And make sure you are eating enough protein to help rebuild those muscles.
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