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How long does it take to see results from working out?

This is a bulleted summary of a longer discussion. The full thread can be read here.

  • 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.

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

  • You may have actually experienced weight GAIN if you can believe 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.)


  • 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.