Been working my tail off for two weeks and have had a calorie deficit, cooking my own meals every night and working out at least three times a week (which I never did before)! But my weight loss is no where to be found. What the hell is wrong with me that I can not lose weight??? HELP!
Don't give up. It has taken me a couple weeks in the past to start to see change. The way I see it is, when I pig out on junk I usually don't notice the weight gain for at least a week or more, same goes for weight loss...Keep going!! If you are burning more than you eat you WILL lose weight.
Oh don't give up, your body needs to catch up, for me it was a month then I started losing 1-2 pounds every week.
Don't be so impatient. Two weeks isn't time enough for your body to adjust. I didn't weigh myself for the first month, and I assume I didn't actually lose anything in that time.
Get a scale that measures body fat. It shows if you are heading in the right direction in terms of body fat instead of simply a weight.
5'4; 153 lbs, 32 years, taking in about 1100-1200 calories with about 6 glasses of water a day (including my coffee)
exercise is extremely new to me. Even as a child I never exercised. Maybe I will look at a body fat scale? When I weigh myself and see no change for so long, I get really disheartened and it affects my whole day!
that's the problem. u need to eat moreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. u starving yourself.
You are undereating :( 1200 is minimum for small, older, sedentary women, which you are not. Please eat enough to support your activity level. You will be able to stick to your program better in the long run and won't lose muscle as you lose fat. 1500-1600 would probably be more appropriate, and yes, you can lose at this level. I am 5'5", 44 and 150 and can lose on 1800. Also, most of the time healthy weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint so patience is key!
how many more calories do I need to fit in?
Quick go get your scale and put it up for one whole month. Now resume back to the healthy eating and exercising and don't even concentrate on if you are losing or not just keep trucking along.......then go get your scale....then maybe tweak things if your results are not great. But I bet you are surprised on what you will see.
One thing to consider that has not been mentioned yet, is that if you are just beginning to work out, you are building muscle that has not been there before. It's common knowledge that muscle weighs more than fat, so look at the way your clothes are fitting rather than the number on the scale. There's a great picture that depicts the difference between a pound of muscle and a pound of fat here: fat-v-muscle.jpg
Don't give up. As you gain muscle your metabolism will increase, and then you will begin to see great results on the scale as well!
As hotshot said, since you are new to working out you are definitely building muscle. Also because you are new to it, your muscles are probably retaining a decent amount of water. Give it a few more weeks and like everyone has already said you will start to see a loss. And remember, there are no quick fixes when it comes to weight loss, its a process and takes time. Keep up the good work! And DON'T GIVE UP :)
I weighed ~315 lbs November 11th 2011, I dropped down to 290 by November 30th and started lifting weights.. not even heavy. I went right back up to 296 in 2 weeks and It has taken me almost 5 weeks to lose 10 lbs.. but my waist is shrinking now but not dropping much weight still. A guy that works out in my gym (very lean and ripped) said he was 350 when he started..and it took about 2 months before he saw the lbs coming off. While being new to working out.. your body will put on muscle.. it literally weighs over 2x compared to fat. Don't weigh yourself but every 2 weeks if not once a month. I've found that jumping rope is the best fat burning exercise out there. Stick to your diet, Get plenty of sleep, and stick through it. We're in this with you for the long run and we all want you to succeed. PLEASE DONT QUIT!!! Time flies by and it will come before you know it. I promised myself that when i got married in march i would join a gym and lose weight.. got busy with other things.. and before i knew it, November was there... If i had started and stuck with it just imagine where i would have been by now... 8 months from now may seem like a long way away.. but didn't the last 8 months fly by!! Good Luck and God Bless.
I'd probably bump to 1600-1700 on workout days for sure and maybe 1400-1500 on non workout days. If you figure out what your total burn for the day is, including exercise, you can deduct 300-500 from that and make it your target for the day. Some people find this works well to set a cal level.
Don't give up, I've done that myself far too many times now. I wish this form would allow me to add some pictures for ya, but go to my profile and click on my gallery for two motivational pictures that helps me...print them off place them where you can see & read them daily! It takes up to 4 weeks for you to see results, 8 weeks for your friends to notice and 12 weeks for the public so give it 12 weeks...also take measurements of your arms, waist, hips, thighs, calves, and determine your loss there as well...exercising builds muscle so if your not losing on the scale you could be losing in inches & gaining in muscle which structures your figure even better! In the words of Richard Simmons (LOL) give yourself 3 complinments daily...tell yourself that you are worth it no matter how long it takes!
Based on your previous posts and this post, I beleive your expectations are too high and you're choosing to ignore all the advice available on this site.
I applaud your gusto in changing your lifestyle by cutting calories and begining an exercise routine.
I suggest you take some time to educate yourself by starting here...
Instead of doing everything at once, take a little slower approach. I suggest you focus on becoming fitter. Your BMI is 26.4, only a couple of points above normal, so you really don't have that much weight to lose. Getting in shape, converting the fat to muscle, will probably lead to the desired weight and clothing size. For you, as mentioned previously, the scale may not be that helpful.
I suggest you take some body measurements and continue to exercise, eating as you normally eat. You might gain weight at first, as you build up your muscles, however your clothes should be looser as you lose inches instead of pounds.
Thank you all for your input. I am going to bump my calories up a bit and will definitely not look at the scale for a while as it is only upsetting me. Gonna keep on trucking! I really appreciate all the motivation and input! I really thought that at two weeks, I would see some results, but I guess since I am building muscle the scale is not going to be my friend! Thanks again!!!!!
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