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How long does it take to see results?

I was wondering how long it would take to start seeing results? I have been working out in the gym 6 days a week for 90-120 minutes I started out at 175lbs and I am currently still 175lbs. I have been eating right 6 small meals a day 3 snacks (fruit & vegtables) and then sensible breafast lunch and dinners, and I still have not lost any weight.
Is anyone else having this problem? I thought for a moment that I needed to be working out more, but I already go 6 days a week for an hour and a half or more. I started working out this way on December 12th, I know it hasn't been long, but shouldn't I at least have lost 1 pound?
What am I do wrong? Any ideas?

Thu. Jan 5, 9:19am

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You may be building muscle. Take measurements insread of weighing!

Thursday, January 05, 2006, 9:29 AM

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I agree with taking measurements. Have you increased your calorie intake because you're working out so hard? You must be hungry! Another thing is when I'm not losing even an ounce after working out for a while, I take a week off. Sounds counterintuitive but I lose at least 3 pounds. Do you have a typical meal plan or is your log public so we can see your daily routine?

Thursday, January 05, 2006, 9:36 AM

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How long does it take to see results?

I've been there! Actually, I am a gym rat like you (workout 5-6X a week) and have actually experienced weight GAIN if you can beleive it! What matters most is not so much what the scale says but how you feel and the subtle difference in the way your clothes fit. Remember, you are recomposing your body and replacing fat with muscle. People say that muscle weighs more than fat but honestly, a pound is a pound. The difference is that for the same amount of space, fat takes up more room as muscle is more dense. Isn't that the true goal anyway? to be leaner and firmer and take up less space?

If you want to measure success there are better tools than the scale. Some are listed below:

How do your clothes fit
Tape measure
Body fat percent
Improved level of activity (do you get as winded going up stairs, lifting groceries, etc?)
How you feel (mood, do you sleep better, etc.)

Fitness (like success) is a journey not a destination. Here are some things that will contribute to your success.

Take your measurements and record them once a month.
Walk or crosstrain with another form of aerobic exercise 2-3X days a week.
Add strength training to your program two to three times a week. (Muscle is a better conductor of energy and increase caloric burn rate)
Keep a log/or journal of all fitness activities, measurements, food intake, and most of all how your are feeling.
Quit dieting. Make healthy food choices, eat 4 or 5 times a day, and drink at least 64 oz. of water each day. I add 8 oz for every 20 minutes of exercise.

Finally, think of supercharging your workout with cardio interval training. example: ride a stationary bike for 60 minutes but every 4 minutes increase the resistance level by 2-3 and pedal speed by 10% for 60 seconds. These "mini sprints" will help break your body from "normalizing yo9ur effort". Remember, as you workout, you are getting healthier which means if you continue to do the same exercise program you are acutally not challenging yourself as much. As your fitness level increases so to must your routine in order to consistantly challenge your body. Things like this will help defeat the "plateau" effect your are currently experiencing.

MOST OF ALL - STAY POSITIVE! You patiently let yourself get out of shape, you need to grant yourself a commenserate length of time to get back in to shape.

Thursday, January 05, 2006, 9:56 AM

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No, I haven't increased my calorie intake. I'm basically boring about the food I eat the same thing everyday. I change up the fruit sometimes or how I might cook the chicken, but it's still always the same thing. I am hungry (not a lot) but towards the end of the day and when I wake up in the morning I am starving and I thought that was because I changed my eating habits and I'm no longer eating the junk I used to and the fact that I don't eat a thing after 7:30 not even a cough drop. My logs are public and I've only made two I'm pretty new to PEERtrainer. I have always been a muscular person so I do expect to gain muscle, but I thought I would at least be seeing some results.
I just feel as though I am not doing something right, when I see that I have not lost any weight I start to think that maybe I'm eating something I shouldn't so maybe two days a week instead of having three snacks I'll only have one, but when I do that I feel fatigue after a workout and my muscles are sore even after I've stretched.

Thursday, January 05, 2006, 10:09 AM

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Sometimes your body just takes a little while to get used to the whole process; stick with it, it'll happen.

Are you eating enough? If you're not eating enough, your body will try and store everything it can - sounds weird, but that's how it works. What is your name so we can look at your logs? If you are eating a good balance of proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats, with enough calories per day (but not too many), then you will begin losing weight, especially if you're cutting out junk.

If you're hungry often, you're likely not getting enough of one of the following: fat (most likely), fiber, or protein. A small serving of nuts will get you all 3 (1oz is a serving of nuts - that's about 15-18 raw almonds). Maybe try substituting one of your snacks of fruit for a snack of nuts, or add some PB to some celery or an apple, etc.

If you feel fatigued after a workout, you could be dehydrated (make sure to drink lots of water - it'll help you lose weight too!) or you could be low on electrolytes. If you're working out for 60-90 minutes with no food, that's probably the problem. If you work out for that long, you should drink Gatorade, or other drinks that will replenish electrolytes to your system. Water alone isn't enough.

You may be working out too hard, and stressing your body. Before you started dieting on the 12th, did you go to the gym this much? If not, cut back to closer to where you were before, and build up slowly, instead of just hurling your body into such hard work. It is healthy to get 30 minutes of cardio, 3x/week. Less than that, and you may have trouble losing; more than that can be good, but you need to build up slowly. Also, light weight with many reps are a good way to build lean muscle, rather than big bulky ones. And make sure you stretch before and after, and warm up appropriately, to lower the risk of injury.

Good luck!!

Thursday, January 05, 2006, 10:38 AM

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My name on here is freepeace.

I heard that in order to see quick results you should be burning more calories each day than your eating. Is that true?

Thursday, January 05, 2006, 1:03 PM

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I think you are probably putting on muscle especially due to the intensity of your workouts. I also have a muscular build, and if I work out for more than 30 minutes a day, I tend to *gain* weight, unless the workouts are easy. An easy workout would be fast-walking. Last year I trained for and ran a marathon. Despite using far more calories than I burned, I gained 5 pounds. Once I returned to my regular workout routine, I lost the 5 pounds. However, even weighing 5 pounds more, I was more toned, etc.

Also, this is very unscientific, but I have found that if I am very routinized and eat the same thing every day and work out the same every day, my body gets stuck at that weight. I would try not exercising for a couple days and eating correspondingly less. Or do a short, fast workout instead of your regular one. Or do your workout at 10:30 pm or something.

good luck!

Thursday, January 05, 2006, 1:10 PM

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It is true that, in order to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. That does NOT mean, however, that you need to burn that many calories through EXERCISE. Your body naturally burns a good number of calories just through basic functions like keeping your heart beating, breathing, digesting, etc. Even if you lie flat on your back and do not move all day long, depending on your size/age, you'll probably burn somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 calories in a day.

You lose weight by creating a calorie deficit. You can safely lose 1-2 lbs per week, consistantly. To lose 1lb per week, you need a deficit of 500 calories per day. That means you can eat the amount that your body would typically burn in one day with no exercise, and then exercise to burn 500 calories, or you can eat that amount minus 250 calories, and then exercise to burn 250 calories, or you can cut the food intake to 500 calories less than you'd typically burn in a day. However, it's not recommended to eat less than 1,000 or 1,200 calories per day. To lose a consistent 2 lbs per week, you need a deficit of about 1,000 calories per day, created the same way.

To find out what your resting metabolism is - how many calories your body requires every day to operate - you need to see a doctor or nutritionist. But it's basically the amount of food you can eat, consistently, without exercising, and maintain your current weight.

Thursday, January 05, 2006, 3:23 PM

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find your BMR

I recommend you look at the following site: and find your BMR. This can assist you in knowing, more definatively, what your basic caloric intake should be so you can beter plan how to create and maintain a deficit in order to lose weight.


Thursday, January 05, 2006, 5:05 PM

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I'm at 184, and

I had the same problem as you a few months ago. I kept seeing the scale stay the same and sometimes moving up, even though I was working out and eating well. It's so disheartening!
And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that whole "I'm not losing because I'm gaining muscle" is a myth, for the most part. If you are at least 20lbs. overweight and are working out and eating well you should be losing fat AND gaining muscle. And if you are female you should be losing fat at a much faster rate than you gain muscle. Not to mention gaining muscle increases your metabolism, which should speed fat loss.
Also, you have to count calories. Sad,but true! :) I always use a simple formula: my weight multiplied by 11. That's how many cals it takes to maintain the weight. What I do is take it a step further and stick to 1200 calories a day, no more than 1500 one day a month only. When I get to my goal weight (135), I will need about 1500 to maintain that weight.
Since December 12th, I've taken in only 1200 cals a day (with few exceptions) and worked out 3 times a week. Doing that, I've lost 9.5 lbs.
Good luck!

Friday, January 06, 2006, 8:56 AM

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It can take a long time to lose weight this way in my experience. You gain muscle, and then start eating more because your body demands it. But in the end it is worth it, you end up leaner and stronger. There is really no alternative. Know that you are doing the right thing.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006, 6:05 PM

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When you eat the right way, you can lose weight very quickly. If you insist on eating cheese , dairy, meat and processed foods you will lose weight much more slowly. Replace the cheese with rice and beans, and watch the pounds drop rapidly. especially if you are 60 pounds overweight.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 4:10 PM

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I imagine there are difference with each person, but I recently researched a similar question, as I'd increased my work-outs, watch my calories, and watched the scale continually go up.

I found this by searching in forums at

1/25/2007 10:18:05 AM
Today's article from the daily newsletter from This site is so helpful.

Q. I just started exercising to lose weight, but I've gained weight. Why did this happen?

A. It's true that many people either gain a little weight or don't see any change on the scale for as long as 4-6 weeks after making a significant change in their level of exercise. This is often explained as "gaining muscle while losing fat" but that isn't quite accurate. This extra weight is usually water.

When you start doing more exercise, your body begins storing more fuel in your muscle cells, where it can be used easily and quickly to fuel your workouts. The process of converting glucose (carbohydrates) into fuel that your muscles actually store and use (glycogen) requires three molecules of water for every molecule of glucose. As your muscles are building up glycogen stores, your body has to retain extra water for this purpose. That's what causes most of the initial weight gain or lack of weight loss. This is a good thing—not something to worry about.

However, despite what the scale says, you are actually losing fat during this time. The extra water retention will stop once your body has adjusted to its new activity level. At that point, the scale should start moving down. You'll end up with less fat, and muscles that can handle a larger amount of work.
Written by Dean Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer

In my case, today, on day 6, I saw a weight drop. But even before I saw it on the scale, I felt the benefits in other ways - probably more pronounced with me as I also just stop drinking cola, so spent a week in sugar and caffeine detox.

I wouldn't be surprised if the scale reads a a gain tomorrow - it seems to take some time to adjust to all the changes. I'm just trying to be patient. When I woke today, I asked myself, "hmm.worked out an hour, quit drinking coke, ate healthy, let's see how much weight I gained today." At present, it's still really secondary to other benefits I am feeling.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 6:23 PM

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Paper Towel Theory

I think this question calls for us to re-visit the paper towel theory!! The link is below.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 7:20 AM

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Love that theory! It's so hard to be patient but keep at it and you'll definitely see results!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 10:03 AM

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ALL-IN Inspiration...........PAPER TOWEL THEORY!!!

A guy by the name of Bob White gets credit for this AWESOME theory. Here’s a little inspiration for those of you who are worried about not seeing any changes in your body so far. It’s what I call the “Paper Towel Theory”.

Let’s assume you go out and buy two rolls of paper towels, each with only 84 paper towels on it (one for each day of the challenge). You put one aside, and keep it for future reference (your “before” picture). The other one represents you (I’ll call your paper towel you “Ed”). The core represents the lean Ed. The towels represent the fat that is covering the lean Ed. For sake of argument, let’s say that Ed wants to lose 21 pounds of fat, so (84/21) each sheet represents a quarter-pound of fat lost. Let’s also assume that Ed loses his fat equally during each day of the challenge.

Each day during the first week, you tear a sheet off of Ed, representing the fat he has lost for the day. Next, you put Ed next to the full roll (“Big Al”) for comparison. No noticeable difference!!! Even at the end of the week! This can’t be working for me!

But, being a good Ed, you continue to follow Body-for-LIFE. At the end of weeks two and three, you continue to compare Ed to Big Al, and still notice very little difference. That stinkin’ Bill Phillips MUST be a liar!

But Ed is determined! He works hard! Hitting his 10’s…eating his 6 daily meals. Three more weeks go by, the sheets peeling off day after day, before Ed gets up the courage to stand next to Big Al again. Holy Myoplex! Ed is skinny! OK, not skinny, but less huge!!!

By the end of the 12-week Body-for-LIFE program, Ed is down to his lean dream, or somewhere near it. Ed is happy. We are happy. Big Al – well he’s not so happy.

The lesson to be learned is that fat, like paper towels, comes off in sheets. When you are heavy, you are big around. And when you are big around, that fat is spread over a MUCH larger area – just like that outside towel sheet. The closer you get to the lean you, the more each lost pound of fat shows, because it is spread over a smaller area.

While the outside sheet may only cover 1 layer of the roll, the inside sheet may go around 4 times. That last sheet looks like it gives you 4 times the results of the first sheet, but in reality, the results are the same – your perception is just different! And you’ll never see the inside, if you aren’t patient while the outside is coming off! - Bob White

Saturday, April 21, 2007, 10:28 AM

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I like the papertowel theory but it is not likely to happen that way. Yes if you are huge it might take a little for people to notice-even if you do drop 20 lbs. I am on the smaller side and if I lose 10 lbs people definately notice. The problem is that once you get closer to your goal the last pounds dont come off at the same rate the first ones did. I have a very very large friend who asked me for some tips and I told her for now to just walk and she has lost 14 pounds. I run for an hour five days a week and weight train 3 or four and are active on my days off and lose one pound if that. The closer you get the harder it is

Monday, April 23, 2007, 6:06 AM

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I hear ya

A year ago, I was working out religiously for 9 months and didn't lose a pound, although I lost inches and took on a different shape. This time around, I'm on Weight Watchers and I've lost 22 lbs. I think I am actually eating more than I was before. My leader also suggested eating different things, because I'm a creature of habit, and I guess my body was used to eating similar meals daily. In WW, there is a calculation for how many points you can eat daily, translating to calories, fiber, fat. It's pretty miraculous!
good luck!

Monday, April 23, 2007, 6:50 AM

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you shouldnt do 6 days a week especially day after day you should leave maybe a day inbetween like work out monday,wednesday,friday and sunday and the other days rest because you need to rest for you to gain muscle and lose weight but your probably building muscle and then burning off muscle instead of burning off fat because your not resting enough. i was doing the same as you for a while until i got told to start resting etc

Friday, November 23, 2007, 12:13 PM

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Need to loose 40-50 more pounds.

I am in the same boat. I weighed 175 lbs when I started exercising 4 months ago. I have only lost 5 lbs and that was in the 1st month. I have cut out all pop/juice. I now drink lots of water and crystal light. I eat more meals a day but in smaller portions. I exercise 4-6 days a week 45 minutes on a elliptical and 2-3 days a week I do some weight lifting with free weights also. I am getting depressed because I cant loose any more weight. Any encouraging words anyone can offer would be appreciated.

Friday, December 07, 2007, 1:29 PM

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I was at it for a long time before i saw any results. but since the beginning of Oct. I ahve lost 15 lbs. I swear i didnt see any change until almost thanksgiving, and then bam! It just starts to slide off. remember it is a life style change and if you truly have the life style of a thin person, eventually you will be one. Slow and steady wins the race.

Friday, December 07, 2007, 2:08 PM

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1:29- Try herbal teas instead of crystal light. For many, artificial sweetners act as a metabolic inhibitor. Perhpas try the treadmill as opposed to the elliptical. And try giving up wheat.

Friday, December 07, 2007, 3:09 PM

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1:29 - you might be eating more than you realize. Are you logging food daily? If so, you might try setting a daily max calorie target and start counting calories. If you haven't tried it, it's a real eye opener. I've lost 10 pounds over the last 3 months doing that + exercise, but there was no real change the first 3-4 weeks, now it's steady (but slow - 1/2 to 1 pound per week). Always down at least.

Friday, December 07, 2007, 3:26 PM

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Im glad im not the only one, I have been eating healthy & working out for just over 2 weeks 4-5 times a week, either an hours swimming or a workout DVD, sometimes both on the same day - am I doing something wrong? I have not lost a pound, sometimes gaining but I did notice this morning that I have lost 2lbs since yesterday but I will probably put that back on tomorrow!! My aim is to lose 2 stone before July, im going Cuba and at 12.6 (this morning) and only 5'2 tall im not comfortable in a bikini... is this possible to lose 2st by then doing what im doing??

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 5:57 AM

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I hate to bring this up when not mentioned...but what about supplements? I have not really noticed a difference with green tea (I know people have on seperate thread) but are there other supplements (not "diet pills") to help jump start the weight-loss process?

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 7:14 AM

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Count your calories to make sure that you're not eating too much. It may appear that you're eating healthy until you look at the calorie content of the food you're eating...

I have a formula on my blog if you'd like to figure out how many calories you should be eating in order to lose weight.

Good luck!

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 11:29 AM

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You may not see major results on the scale for the first month since your weight may fluctuate, like mine. I didn't see the scale go down for the first month. I would aways quit after a few weeks b/c I got frustrated with the scale, but ever since this past fall, I've been gradually losing weight.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 11:45 AM

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You have to drink at the least 64 ounces of pure water every day 32 ounces 1 houre befor meal. Do not drink liquid during meal because it intterups your digestive system. Two large meals no imbetween meals . The reason is digestive takes 5 hours befor one meal. If you eat multipule meals you will cause the stomach to work all day. This is verry harmful. The water will flush fat cells. Dont you think this means coffe tea sodas ect... But plane pure water only. Be consistint and dont stop your rutine of water intake. Besides all the water weight loss your energy will incress and sleep will be more beneficial. Your ecercize program is good eccept give rest a day off or to if you are body building such as weights. Keep in touch let me know how it goes.
P.s. Water truly is the fountain of youth


Saturday, January 03, 2009, 3:12 PM

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How quickly you see results probably depends upon a lot of things. Among the the things you can control there's: how invested you are in making a change, how much you put into it, how honest you are, how consistent you are, etc. After spinning my wheels for years with these last 15 pounds, I finally had enough after Thanksgiving. I got my butt in gear, I've been working my a$$ off, watching what I eat, and I cut out the crap and I've lost 8 pounds in the last 4 weeks with no signs of slowing. And these are supposed to be the most difficult pounds to lose!

Saturday, January 03, 2009, 7:47 PM

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Trainer here...

I am a personal trainer and I believe you need to cut your workouts shorter. You body responds to long workouts by holding onto weight many times rather than losing it. 45 min. is plenty than leave the gym.

90 min. can lead to so much frustration not to mention injury. Unless you are training for a really long race than cut it in half.

Also, your diet needs to be packed with veggies and fruits as well as fibers. Making these small changes will lead to big results.

I do agree with taking measurments like others have suggested.

Keep up the good work

Sunday, January 04, 2009, 11:18 AM

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I went 3 mos without losing a pound working out hard, and then I lost 5 in a week.

It's bizarre and I have no explanation for it. But that's how I tend to be.

You could be working out too hard though. And your body might be trying to hang on to stuff thinking that you're in a stressful situation (famine, being chased by a sabre tooth tiger).

What workout have you been doing? I was ddoing 75 minutes of hard elliptical training (using cardio coach volume 5 and 6 and the 'just press play' volume - all very hard, and the last one long) and eating very healthy, etc.

What I ended up doing was cutting back the cardio by 10 minutes and doing one body part weight training after the cardio.

Whether that's why I finally lost the weight, or whether it was just a 'time' thing is beyond me.

Monday, January 05, 2009, 11:02 AM

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slow or no weight loss

I understand your discouragement. I have exercised over 4 hrs this past week, have denied myself fattening foods, stepped on the scale and I had lost no weight for the whole week. How do I keep from getting discouraged to the place that I say screw it and eat something I shouldn't?

Saturday, January 31, 2009, 1:33 PM

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How do you keep from getting discouraged? By remembering that eating well and exercising is still ultimately better than being sedentary and eating too many sugary/fat laden foods. Your physical and mental health will definitely benefit even if the scale isn't cooperating.

And the scale will eventually catch up. You can't hinge everything on one weigh in, especially after one week. Heck, sometimes I show a gain despite doing everything right only to go on to to losing big numbers the next week. Neither weigh in truly reflected what was going on as far as weight loss...gotta hang in there and look at the overall trend.

If a good amount of time has gone by and you're not seeing results, then it's time to buckle down and be dead honest about your eating habits and how hard you're really working out. Just b/c you're eating healthfully doesn't mean you're not still eating too much. And putting in the time in the gym doesn't mean you're actually working hard enough. Half the gals I see on the machines, chatting away on their cell phones, aren't working hard enough to make any significant changes in their body composition! But they still get their giant, 400 calorie smoothies after they workout :) And, they're still the same size 1, 2, 3 months later...

p.s., if someone is doing the same exercise at the same level for 3 months - it's definitely time to shake things up!

Bottom line- know that you're doing your body good - let that motivate you until the scale starts to cooperate!!

Saturday, January 31, 2009, 1:49 PM

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I lost 40 lbs last year. The last time I lost was March 2008. I've been doing Weight Watchers all this time and tracking my food and also going to a gym 3 x's week and walking. Like I said I haven't lost anything since last March. It is really frustrating. I stopped going to the gym 3 x's a week and will go about once a week. Also, since winter I don't walk as much as I use to. I do get on my treadmill. Recently, for 2 weeks now, I've been doing only my treadmill about 4 x's/week. I am on an incline of 5 and walk around 3.3 or 3.4. Every 5 minutes I speed it up to 4.0 and do a light jog, for one minute, this is actually hard for me I don't run or jog very well. I scale still did not budge. I took my measurements also and no changes. I don't get it. I'm 53 is this all I can lose? I still have another 30 lbs to lose.

Sunday, February 01, 2009, 8:48 PM

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You didn't mention strength training, so I'm assuming you don't do any. Building muscle will help you in the weight loss process since more muscle aids in burning fat and calories. Also, when you lose weight, while not exercising/strength training, you lose muscle. So just start strength training or boost strength strength training if you're doing it already.

Sunday, February 01, 2009, 9:26 PM

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Hey, I have been working out for almost 8 weeks now. I am a genetically slim person, but am about 5-10 pounds over my ideal weight. By ideal, I mean the weight I feel the best at. I am not discouraged at all by no weight change. I had slipped into some bad habits over the last few years, and I cut those out and added back some good ones I have neglected. The changes I have made are ones that I can maintain for the foreseeable future. I have 4 kids, go to school, work fulltime, volunteer, and do all the things that make me feel good. Exercizing 90 minutes a day won't fit in my schedule indefinitely and I am not going to tell my daughter I won't try the first strawberry shortcake that she made all by herself either. I get up 45 minutes earlier than I used to and exercize. I don't eat something with no nutritional value unless there is a REALLY good reason, and I do think about my daily caloric intake (I ballpark 1600-1800). I do occasionally measure my food out when I feel like I have lost my sense for what a portion size should look like, but when I am cofortable with my estimation I go with it (let's face it, time is at a premium in my life). Basically, I should have my body plateauing at about the right weight. When will that happen? Making yourself a new body is just like buying a new car--it takes most people 5 years to pay for it. Unfortunately, there is no buy-now-pay-later option, so you'll just have to save up for it (very un-american, I know.)
Anyhow, the initial poster has obviously either figured this out or given up or made the quick weight-loss method work for her. I hope some of those more recent posters will find motivation in this.

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 8:56 PM

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It happened to me too! It can be solved.

That happened to me before. I was 175lbs 2 months ago. After I started my workout routine and limit my calorie intake. My weight still remained the same till a month ago. It dropped suddenly. And kept dropping till now. I am 156 lbs now....but the scale seemed stop moving again. I know exactly how frustrated you are...and not motivated at all. But, you will get over it...pls....keep it up with all the exercise routine and control your calorie intake. Let's work hard. I still have 28lbs to go.....

Friday, March 13, 2009, 6:14 AM

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weight loss

Hi, i just started working out last week and i pray i see some results im tryin to lose about 20-30 pounds im 5'7 21 yrs old and weight about 175lbs. I go on the treadmill 5 days a week at a speed of 3.5 -3.8 for 45 - 60 mins. How long do u think it will take and is this a good workout plan?.. another thing i did want to comment on everyone elses suggestions and add on that drinking beer and liquor puts on ALOT of calories so mayb for those who do drink once in a while to cut down on that

Wednesday, July 08, 2009, 4:51 PM

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To the PP - there are so many variables involved when you want to lose weight (calories consumed, metabolism, etc.), so it's impossible to calculate how long it will take to reach your goal. It may take longer than you wish, but just remember that every pound shed is an accomplishment and reward yourself along the journey!

Five days a week on a treadmill is definitely getting you some exercise, but you might want to mix in some strength training and some higher endurance cardio too. It will help your body burn fat and tone up.

Good luck and best wishes!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009, 5:10 PM

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I am a women who is 45 , I have started doing the rowing machine everyday for about an hour. I have totally changed my eating habits. It has been a month an a half with no change. Now I am seeing results. My husband tells me " keep doing what your doing" I keep thinking of that and I do exactly that. Most people get so excited and then they do not see results and they give up. It takes about 6 weeks to see results so...."keep doing what your doing"

Monday, January 25, 2010, 8:13 AM

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OP: If this exercise level is new for you, you may be putting on muscle and that would account for some of your lack of weight loss. However, you seem to be eating a lot. You can't eat a lot and lose weight. You are probably taking in a lot more calories than you think you are.

If you are overweight, you are over eating.

Monday, January 25, 2010, 8:22 AM

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" I have been eating right 6 small meals a day 3 snacks (fruit & vegtables) and
then sensible breafast lunch and dinners..."

Reading between the lines, what I sense is that you are consciously or unconsciously very adverse to giving up food. You want to lose weight without giving up the amount of food you like to eat. That doesn't work.

You need to cut back on the amount of food you eat by about 25% if you want to drop to the 140 to 150 pound weight range.

Monday, January 25, 2010, 8:36 AM

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Great thread - let's keep it going.

I am posting to bump this to the top, as it has tons of amazing stuff in it and I am so glad I went to the second page to see this older post, as I'd missed it on the original go-round. This thread has more value to me than almost anything else I've read on here.

I especially like the physiological explanation of why we retain water in our muscles when we first start working out, and the trainer's advice on not overdoing the exercise and sabotaging ourselves.

Also I really relate to the poster who lost some and then got stuck on an everlasting plateau even though they still have 23 lbs to loose...I am in a very similar boat and have started looking for ways to change my eating/exercise since what I am doing isn't working any more (been about 6 months since I've lost.. just bouncing up/down among the same 4 lbs).

It is odd that what worked at first stopped working, but they say the definition of "insanity" is "do the same thing and expecting different results" so I want to stop the insanity and change my diet/exercise habits that aren't working anymore.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010, 11:32 AM

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Elliptical vs Kettlebell workout

I was wondering if anyone had thoughts on what's a better workout overall...elliptical trainers or kettlebells?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 12:45 AM

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 4:31 PM

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ANy suggestions on how I can get toned and lean but still eat normally? I eat healthy with only a few sweets here or there. I drink mainly water all day and am working on motivating myself to workout at least 5 days a week. I currently just walk/jog and do 2 short strength training sessions a week...Ideas please...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 2:07 PM

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pp - up your intensity and duration for your exercise.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 6:51 PM

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hi all

Im new to this and i just wanna tell you all where i am and would welcome any tips..
Ive started weight training again after 5 years on and off, always had a problem puttin weight (fat) on and dieting to take it off..
Im 31 and weigh roughly 12.3 stone give or take a few pounds and medium build.
Iv started 3 weeks now, i go to the gym 4-5 times per week most times.
I started off light weights (machines), cardio for about an hr on various machines.
work on chest, arms, back, legs ect and do one or two of these each day, but cardio i feel is important at first to get a huge sweat on..
I stay at the gym for about hour, hour and a half ish.
Whilst im there i drink roughly 2 lits of water, get thirsty shitloads and drink water when i walk home.
I take creatine caps 3 b4 and 3 after.. Aminos 2-3 b4 and 2-3 after.. when i dont go to the gym i only take a couple of creantine caps. Every second day i dont usually go..
I started to hurt bad the first week, hurting (chest/ arms 3 days ish), if it hurt i don't work on the muscles, i work on legs or just cardio. then it got better. Now i slightly hurt, Ive increased my weights loads and can lift so much more than what i did which is not surprising me because i used to lift loads back in the day.
I eat enough protein i think, cuz im at uni.. yes 31 years old.. i have to try and eat what i can, i.e, large tuna roll with salad about 9-10am, more tuna, mackerel slices, loin pork, chicken breasts, whole wheat pasta, loads of eggs as in omelets.
Round about 4 meals per day, and yes il eat after 9-10 and consume protein. Im eating about 100 120 grams of protein from 9am ish, to 10pmish and i don't have protein mix either.
A) i think its expensive and B) as long as u eat enough protein u don't need it.. Thats my opinion anyway.
Ok, i can definitely see something happening, im feeling better, my clothes are fitting good, im gettin more looks of women which cant be bad.
My chest is harder, my arms are defining and my back is shaping up very nice. Muscles i havnt seen for a long time.
Now what i want to ask is, am i putting muscle on, or am i just waking up my past muscle that i put on years ago? And am i doing enough or not enough.
Any advice would be good and sooo sorry bout the long message here..
cheers andy

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 8:27 PM

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im also 5-7

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 8:29 PM

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I tend to eat more protein and vegetables, cutting back on fruit and high carb based foods, especially at night, as your body will use the carbs as energy when you're working out and not your body fat. I have recently got back into fitness myself to lose a little weight and tone up and I can see results already. I do a mixture of cardio classes, weight training classes such as body pump, and pilates/ yoga and body balance classes. At the moment going at least 5 days a week for a couple hours.

Good luck with your plan :)

Saturday, February 11, 2012, 11:47 AM

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Depends on how much you're committed and what your starting point is...I saw results right away but I really went for it.

Saturday, February 18, 2012, 5:42 PM

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Two Weeks!!

I've been on the PEERtrainer Cleanse for exactly 14 days now!


3 inches off my hips
3.5 inches off my waist
Down 2.1% body fat
Down 3.8 pounds

I went from 25.2 BMI to a 24.6 BMI

And I only worked out once... Imagine if I had only worked out!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012, 4:47 AM

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want to lose weight :(

heyy m akshita 17 yrs , and i have recently joined gym ! i went to the gym for 1 month then didnt go for 2 weeks then again went for 1 month ! i work 2 hrs in a gym ! i am taking my diet ,ok sumtimes i eat a little junk but atleast i should see a little result !
m really pissed off that i work my ass off so much but still cant find results ! is it that it takes more time to start getting results ? plz help me !

Friday, July 20, 2012, 1:28 PM

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Quicker than you might think when you get the RIGHT plan in place.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014, 4:32 PM

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I can see results in 5 days but I have to go full Joel FUhrman.

Monday, July 24, 2017, 12:25 PM

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That's my problem as well I've been working out on the elliptical for the pass three weeks once a day sometimes twice a day .a hour once then 45 or 30 mins the other time . I had started the lose it app about three weeks ago logging everything but look like the scale hasn't budge at all and that made me depressed. I'm 210 pounds

Monday, January 15, 2018, 8:00 PM

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