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So You Didn't Lose Any Weight...

So You Didn't Lose Any Weight...

During our weight loss endeavors, there comes a time when we jump on the scale and find that we have not lost any weight since the last time we checked. It stings a little at first, I know. We think, "I've been working my tail off and I haven't even lost a single [insert explicit profanity] pound?"

We've all been there and it's a hard place to be. iVillage, always true to form, puts a positive spin on such a seemingly depressing event. At least you didn't gain any weight either. This is a big accomplishment since not gaining weight is hard work! Keeping a steady weight offsets the weight that creeps up on you through the years. Take a step back and celebrate those plateaus, rather than dread or get frustrated by them.

Once again... So you didn't lose any weight, well at least you didn't gain! Congratulations and good luck next time you step on the scale, but remember if you still don't lose, it's OK, you'll get there.

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intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Yea, everytime I hit plateaus I look at how many inches I'm losing. Thanks for posting this, Fit!
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 9 years
I recently boycotted the scale because after two weeks of controlling my portion size, cutting junk food, doing cardio 4 times a week, and doing strength exercises for 20 minutes 3 times a week, the scale told me I had gained four pounds. It made me so upset that I ate junk food the next day! I can't let myself be controlled by the numbers, so I'm going to go by how my clothes fit and the way I feel from now on.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
Eat the bread and pasta. Avoid junk food.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
That's bull!!!!!!!!!!!! I haven't lost any weight either. I've been working hard for, like, three months. It just goes up and down so much. I need to not eat white bread and pasta.
GeikoSera GeikoSera 9 years
I needed to hear this. :)
elvy elvy 9 years
I started working out a year ago! I have been doing yoga, running and lifting weights. My diet is better and I have been controlling my portion sizes. I have NOT LOST 1 POUND. I am getting frustrated because I could stand to lose about 10 - 15. I look more toned but I don't think I have any lost inches (except maybe in my chest where I would like to keep it). I am not ready to quit because I feel better but am getting soooo frustrated.
workofiction workofiction 9 years
I've been doing the Couch to 5K plan from for 6 weeks now and have gained weight. I'm trying to be patient but this is getting to be too much. I have about 50-60lbs to lose and would think that something should be happening by now!
Schlem33 Schlem33 9 years
The scale is ridiculous. I have been in the gym for about 3 months now 5 days a week and haven't lost one pound according to the scale. After running 2-3 miles, however, I weight train and I do eat a lot healthier. So I haven't lost a pound but I haven't gained a pound either. I feel great and I can definitely tell a difference in my physique. So don't lose motivation and don't pay attention to the numbers on that scale, that won't get you anywhere. Go with how your clothes fit and how energetic you feel, that should be a great motivator!
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
yeah I can relate to this problem. I was working out 50 minutes a day and not losing any weight for months and then I had to be honest with myself, I wasn't losing weight because I wasn't eating healthy enough. As soon as I stopped eating junk food at the movies I lost 3 pounds that week. Everything counts if you are trying to lose weight, you have to eat REALLY well all the time and now I exercise 60 minutes to an hour and a half everyday.
almblack almblack 9 years
I would also like to reinforce the comments above. I began working out all the time and gained weight! However, I wear a smaller jeans size. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat!!!
carli79 carli79 9 years
that's a great way to look at it!
bringmeup bringmeup 9 years
Ley is right. You can't rely on the scale once you start a fitness regime. Muscle weighs more than fat. If your clothes are fitting better and you are feeling more toned and awake then you should be proud of yourself and stop fretting.
ley ley 9 years
Nobody should be relying on the scale, most importantly I think inches lost should be more paid attention to. Coz in some cases you could possibly have gained muscle mass which is heavier than fat but more metabolically active. Plus even two people of the same weight but one who has a lower body fat percentage will still look "slimmer" than that of the higher BF. Or people can take pics of themselves monthly and see how they've actually progressed. Plus you dont end up going to this weird obsession of numbers at the scale.
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