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I keep loosing inches, but no pounds!! Anybody else??


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I am happy I am loosing inches, but don't really understand why my weight isn't going down also.  I have been calorie counting for 9 weeks, and have been on a plateau for about 1 1/2 months. (I have only lost 5 pounds).  I see a noticible difference in my waist from a few weeks ago. I bought a pair of burmuda shorts that did not fit me then, but this past Saturday, I woke up and said, "Gosh, my waist looks smaller today".  And so I tried my shorts on and THEY FIT!  So then I decided I would weight myself. (The last time was about a month ago.  I stopped because I was getting so ticked off).  But I weighed again, and I still weight the same as I did 1 1/2 months ago!  I don't get it!  Anyone else going through this?

I'm 5'5 and 147.5 lbs.
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Yeah, I know how that goes. All I can say is that if you keep doing the same things at the same pace and same calorie intake and expect the same results you are sadly mistaken. I have plateued sooo many times and the only way to lose more weight or inches is to up the exercise (amount or pace) and shave a few calories off of your diet. It's a pain in the ass and it sucks, but it is the only way to do it. Good luck.
Are you working out? I am also plateaued but am working out so my body is literally changing shape before my eyes. It's cool.
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If you are losing inches then your fat is probably being replaced by muscle which takes up less space!
If you are loosing inches, then you are NOT plateaued. A plateau is when you stop losing weight, and ALSO stop losing inches.

Last month I barely lost anything - maybe 0.5 lb?? But I did lose inches, so I'm not crying about it! Inches are more important to me than what the scale reads. Inches tell me that I am losing fat while gaining muscle, which is my goal.

So hang in there - what seems to happen with me is I lose inches first, then the pounds seem to melt off next. I'm on a "plateau" at the moment, but eventually I expect the pounds will start melting again. Not sure I want that to happen though, since I'm pretty close to my goal.
building muscle is a really good thing.  Muscle burns calories!  Just keep doing what you're doing, make sure you're getting a good, well balanced, nutritions diet, and you'll do fine!
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Well, definetly up the exercise, add 10-15 minutes to your cardio. I always ate whatever i wanted and just worked and now that is not the case and I am calorie counting for the first time in my life and I actually like it.. I am doing 45 minutes of cardio 5 days a week with 3 days of weights... it seems to work..give it a try! Good Luck...
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Yeah, I'm losing inches, and slowly loosing weight but it's not bothering me because I'm glad my body is getting tighter (I guess?) and more in shape and even though I'm not losing pounds, I look and feel pretty good.
I used to lose weight but not inches... that's a warning that you're burning off muscle while the fat stays put. This can really harm you because it slows your metabolism and ability to burn calories while also giving you all the bad effects of excess fat.

This really is a scary thought... but congrats on losing inches! That's a great accomplishment!
I work out 5 days a week:

-3x's a week for 1 hour on the elliptical

-2x's a week doing aerobic walking (fast) videos with weights or resistance bands

I hope I'm just exchanging fat for muscle. But who knows just because I'm not new to working out.  I've been working out 5-6 days a week for 2 years now!

I also zig zag my calories taking in between 1200-1700.
Oops! The videos average between 35 and 45 minutes.
Hi Megs,

I, too, seem to lose inches while on a plateau but not as much when I'm actually dropping pounds.  Maybe my body can't do both at once!  :)

Don't worry, the weight will come off again.  I've been on 3 true plateaus in a year--one was 4 weeks, another 5, and the last almost 3 months, but I'm still losing both weight and inches, with 74.5 pounds gone and 13 inches off my waist.  :D

Hang in there!
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I have lost 40 pounds since November, which equates for me to about 4 sizes.  I too have stopped losing pounds as quickly, but my body is changing - getting more fit and sculpted. That is what I focus on. I don't obsess over the scale, I judge by how my clothers fit, and how I feel physically.  I have gradually added things to my workout - Yoga, Karate, while continuing cardio, and I've started to move again.  Don't get frustrated, just keep on going. 
You guys are right. However, I just keep thinking BMI, BMI, BMI!!!!! According to the scale, I am only 3 pounds away from being overweight, and that still frustrates me because of all the hard work I am putting in.
Boy, can I relate! I've been doing this for about 2 months, and I haven't lost a single pound.  However, I can tell that my face looks thinner, and my "fat" clothes are starting to slide off, so I know I'm making progress.  It would be nice, and very motivating, to see the scale move, though!
You're probably gaining the weight in muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat does, and because you're working out so much, all those inches of fat that you're losing is just being replaced with "heavier" muscle.

You're doing great! Just keep it up :)

- Jessie
6 months no weightloss, infact weight gain. But inch loss and i have toned up and got into my uk8s (well, some *glares at Jlo bum*) its Unfair BUT my mum is my height and my weight and realy untoned. Id much rather weigh more and look less.
I know exactly how you feel.  I have been doing this for almost 3 months and have lost a total of 15 pounds.....but I have lost 11 1/2 inches overall so I guess what I am doing is right, it is just very frustrated. I know it is just going to take time.  :-)
I do this too..it's because I'm working out and doing more toning. I AM losing fat..but I'm picking up muscle, which weighs more but takes up less space (and is much more attractive) than fat...I'm fine with it as long as I SEE results on ME...the numbers are not all that important.
Do you guys think that you keep gaining muscle even when you've been working out for a long time?
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