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Trying to lose 10 lbs but its going VERY slow. What am I doing wrong?


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#1 dodie1972

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 10:18 AM

What am I doing wrong? I've only lost 1.5 pounds so far in 2 weeks? I weight 140 pounds. I am going to start going to the gym next week. My metabolism is real slow from doing liquid diets on and off for the past 3 years.

The only thing I'm not doing is eating the salad/veggies as I should but I'm not sure if that is what's causing me not to lose as fast. Any suggestions?

Please help...
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#2 LesterLou

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 10:30 AM

You're not doing anything wrong and you provided the explanation yourself. You don't have a lot to lose to start with, so you don't see the big drops in the beginning. You've also damaged your metabolism through other crazy diets.

Be patient, focus on developing new habits that you can sustain long term. Go to the gym because it's good for you, not in order to lose weight. In fact, sometimes that can backfire on you, especially if you're looking closely at weekly losses. It's better for you long-term though, so find something you can keep up.

Eating veggies and salad provides nutrients, fiber, and helps you feel more satisfied by eating more quantity. Do what you can, again because it's good for you, not because it will or won't help you lose weight more quickly.
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#3 dodie1972

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 11:18 AM

QUOTE(LesterLou @ Mar 23 2010, 10:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You're not doing anything wrong and you provided the explanation yourself. You don't have a lot to lose to start with, so you don't see the big drops in the beginning. You've also damaged your metabolism through other crazy diets.
Be patient, focus on developing new habits that you can sustain long term. Go to the gym because it's good for you, not in order to lose weight. In fact, sometimes that can backfire on you, especially if you're looking closely at weekly losses. It's better for you long-term though, so find something you can keep up.

Eating veggies and salad provides nutrients, fiber, and helps you feel more satisfied by eating more quantity. Do what you can, again because it's good for you, not because it will or won't help you lose weight more quickly.




Thank you. I will be patient and just focus on being healthy and more active.

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#4 sillygirl77

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 03:11 PM

There's nothing wrong with slow IMO :). Congrats on your weight loss!
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#5 kristinamdillon

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:17 PM

I too am a slow loser (which is strange since I'm so young). Down 2.4lbs since July 13. I'm just trying to be patient and focus on my life rather than my weight or any food. I just eat when I'm supposed too, get a little exercise and I trust the program will do the rest. It worked that way for me last time. We just have to be patient. Best of luck to you!
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Posted 22 August 2013 - 11:26 AM

Good to hear that you will have patience. I've still got 31 pounds to go until I reach goal, and have been averaging around 1.5 pound losses since I started. But I know that last 10-15 pounds is going to come off a lot slower than that.

As LesterLou mentioned, starting to workout at the gym can initially cause weight gain, especially if you will be starting a weight lifting routine. And it won't be from putting on muscle weight (at least not at the beginning). You'd have to workout with some seriously heavy weights in order to put on even a pound of muscle in a month. It's not as easy to build muscle, even though a lot of people will use this excuse as to why they put on weight on the scale when they start lifting. The reason you gain weight when you start to lift weights is because when your muscles tear ever so slightly through lifting, your body will retain water weight to help cool down/repair those tears. This water weight is temporary and will release once the soreness passes...usually. So do not be alarmed when you start to lift weights and see a gain on the scale or your clothes feel tighter (again, that is from the water weight). You will soon release that water and the scale will once again start moving downwards.

I find that it takes me a good 4-5 months of consistent lifting before I add enough muscle to gradually speed up my weight loss. But usually around 1-2 months after lifting, you will see your body changing shape and getting tighter. That is a big motivator right there.

Hang in there kid!
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 05:48 PM

You could try eating more often. My JC consultant suggested I have something every 2-3 hrs to kick my metabolism in gear. Before i would go for five hours or more with no food. Be patient!
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