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December 28, 2012 6:59 AM
SO. I'm going to Italy in June. It's January (more or less) now. So if I do Stronglifts 5x5 consistently, as in like, 3 times a week and eat right (or the best I can), can I see some results? I'm a size 14 now. I dunno what I'm aiming for in that time frame other than less body fat, but can I see changes like those by june? Thanks! (:
Edited by kassiebby1124 On December 28, 2012 6:59 AM
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December 28, 2012 7:20 AM
Yes, you should be able to see some changes; I have been lifting since beginning of October and can definitely see changes to my body.
Edited by cad39too On December 28, 2012 7:24 AM
December 28, 2012 7:25 AM
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Edited by dantrick On December 28, 2012 7:32 AM
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December 28, 2012 7:28 AM
Yeah you'll see significant changes with six months of consistent work. You won't be perfect, but definitely improved. Best of luck.
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December 28, 2012 7:30 AM
In just 30 days of lifting I saw results. Obviously I didn;t get to my goal in that time but i started seeing major changes in just 30 days!
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December 28, 2012 7:31 AM
That entirely depends on your diet.

I've been lifting for a little over a year now. Because of diet waffling, here is the end result:
1) I am 3x stronger in most ways.
2) I look exactly the same.
Edited by wellbert On December 28, 2012 7:40 AM
December 28, 2012 7:33 AM
I was size 14 when I started. In six months I went down to size 8, huge difference (I have lost 25 lbs, so about 1 lbs per week).
I wasn't lifting then. You should get better results, if you keep lifting and stick to your deficit.
December 28, 2012 7:34 AM
I agree with the others. You will see some results. Not a transformation. But results. If you don't get started, you never will see anything.
December 28, 2012 7:35 AM
QUOTE:

SO. I'm going to Italy in June. It's January (more or less) now. So if I do Stronglifts 5x5 consistently, as in like, 3 times a week and eat right (or the best I can), can I see some results? I'm a size 14 now. I dunno what I'm aiming for in that time frame other than less body fat, but can I see changes like those by june? Thanks! (:


Within 30 days you should see changes with proper diet. With lifting you may not lose much weight but you can easily drop 2-3 dress sizes in 6 months of lifting and proper diet. Good luck!! flowerforyou
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December 28, 2012 7:36 AM
be disciplined and you will see great results in 6 months.


but i hope that the results you are hoping for are realistic.
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December 28, 2012 7:37 AM
Diet diet diet is key...if you lift for 6 months without a proper diet, you will probably not see any changes. With a good diet though, you'll see changes for sure. Significant changes though, that depends on where you're starting from.
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December 28, 2012 7:38 AM
It has much to do with your BF% I've been lifting since July and had a surgery in there where I was not able to lift for four weeks. My arms and legs are definitely more conditioned and they are feeling harder to the touch instead of soft. However my BF% is still too high to see a lot of definition. I can see some. Regardless, start now because it is so good for your body. You will not regret it for a minute. Good luck!
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December 28, 2012 7:42 AM
Yes you will see a difference, newbie gains are great.
December 28, 2012 7:42 AM
Body changes occur quickest in the kitchen. Weight lifting is about shaping, toning and strength. However if you have the wrong diet, you'll miss out on the major changes.
December 28, 2012 7:50 AM
I've seen changes within weeks. I don't see why not.
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December 28, 2012 7:51 AM
In most cases yes, I would expect you to see significant changes in 6 months.
December 28, 2012 7:59 AM
I've been watching my caloric intake for about 3 months now. I'm not strictly regimented on it, but cut out the junk food, fast food, a lot of (but not all) of my beer consumption (limit myself to 3 64 calorie beers a night....though from time to time I cheat). About a month and a half ago or so (roughly) I started hitting the gym, doing basically light lifting 2X week for upper and the same for lower body, along with 30-45 minutes of a brisk walk (4.3 mph) on the treadmill. I hit the gym about 5 times per week...not a saint about it, but I'm getting better as the results are really starting to show.

I wish I would have taken measurements back when I started, because others are really starting to notice (especially my fiancee....the most important one!). I just had to buy a new belt because my last one wasn't even helping hold up my pants any more (which are all loose now). My shirts don't stretch around my belly anymore. I don't crave food all the time like I used to either. On top of all of that, I'm down 30 lbs from where I started (I started at 265 lbs, 6'0" tall). I'm down to 235 now and looking better than I have in years.....that is only 3 months of making the conscious decision to lose weight. I'm hoping to be in the 220's by the end of january.

You will definitely see results, just stick with it through the first month or two (which can be so discouraging because if you aren't working out and watching your diet now, that first couple of weeks you seem to drop a ton, but then it slows down. However, stick with it because i've noticed that when I'm not noticing changes on the scale, THAT is when my fiancee seems to notice most of the changes in appearance.

Neither of us will probably be 6-pack toting, action hero bodied by June. However, this is for the long haul, and once you start seeing the changes and feeling your clothes fit looser, the motivation kinda works on its own. I'm loving it! you will too.
December 28, 2012 8:12 AM
Absolutely! You will see results. I started at size 14 last New Years' Eve and was wearing a juniors size 9 by June. I logged all my calories, and did a combination of lifting and cardio. Stick with a good plan and it would be impossible to fail.

Also, take before pictures and measurements. I did but then lost them and wish I could compare because although I'm not losing any weight, my pants are getting to be too large on me. I know why, but can't prove it without those starting numbers.
December 28, 2012 8:17 AM
When you all say "good diet" what do you mean? I have a 1400 calorie deficit. I try to stay within that. And I try to limit fast food and stuff, though I do eat a few processed things like oreos now and then. Is it okay to slip up a little once and a while? and when eating well, is that for being within the deficit or what I consume, as well?
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December 28, 2012 8:19 AM
QUOTE:

When you all say "good diet" what do you mean? I have a 1400 calorie deficit. I try to stay within that. And I try to limit fast food and stuff, though I do eat a few processed things like oreos now and then. Is it okay to slip up a little once and a while? and when eating well, is that for being within the deficit or what I consume, as well?


Depends on goals.

Calorie reduction to see a loss of body fat, and more definition. "Toning.".. just kidding. "Cutting"
Calorie increase to build muscle mass (And fat.) "Bulking."
December 28, 2012 8:20 AM
QUOTE:


Depends on goals.

Calorie reduction to see a loss of body fat, and more definition. "Toning.".. just kidding. "Cutting"
Calorie increase to build muscle mass (And fat.) "Bulking."


Oh okay. So what i'm doing is good for me, then. I'm trying to lose body fat.
thank you (:
Edited by kassiebby1124 On December 28, 2012 8:21 AM
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December 28, 2012 8:22 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:


Depends on goals.

Calorie reduction to see a loss of body fat, and more definition. "Toning.".. just kidding. "Cutting"
Calorie increase to build muscle mass (And fat.) "Bulking."


Oh okay. So what i'm doing is good for me, then. I'm trying to lose body fat.


Yep, keep on trucking!

You might reach a point where strength gains stop. There's only so much you can get from adaptation before muscle cross section needs to increase (calorie deficit.)

Don't make the mistake I did, and eat to get past stops in your gains, then diet again. Just leads to wheel spinning. =)
December 28, 2012 8:23 AM
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Yep, keep on trucking!

You might reach a point where strength gains stop. There's only so much you can get from adaptation before muscle cross section needs to increase (calorie deficit.)

Don't make the mistake I did, and eat to get past stops in your gains, then diet again. Just leads to wheel spinning. =)

Wait, so when I hit that stopping point, I increase my cal deficit to break past it or I keep it? o:
Thanks for being so helpful, btw
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December 28, 2012 8:28 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:


Yep, keep on trucking!

You might reach a point where strength gains stop. There's only so much you can get from adaptation before muscle cross section needs to increase (calorie deficit.)

Don't make the mistake I did, and eat to get past stops in your gains, then diet again. Just leads to wheel spinning. =)

Wait, so when I hit that stopping point, I increase my cal deficit to break past it or I keep it? o:
Thanks for being so helpful, btw



Well, this is the scenario:
Let's use the Bench as an example.


Let's say you bench 50lbs.
And you increase to 55lbs
60lbs!! All the way up to 95lbs.

But you can't get past 95lbs.
You try microloading (96lbs)
You try deloading (Going down to 70lbs and working back up) but can't get past it.

This is because you aren't eating enough. At some point your body says "HEY LADY, shove more food in me, or I'm not going to get any stronger."

At that point you decide if you're happy to maintain and keep working on 95lbs and get to your final weight goal, or if you want to start eating extra food to get that barbell weight up.

Maybe a smaller deficit would help. Weight loss will slow, but not stop. You should get a little stronger though.

But if you eat in a surplus, you'll get stronger and heavier. Strength athletes and bodybuilders do this. (Google: bulk/cut cycle)
Edited by wellbert On December 28, 2012 8:30 AM
December 28, 2012 8:31 AM
If your lifting three times a week with heavy weight and a calorie deficit or surplus you should see some very good results.
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