Is weight loss sometimes delayed?

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  1. ii3rittles profile image80
    ii3rittlesposted 9 years ago

    Is weight loss sometimes delayed?

    Is it common for women to not lose weight/inches till 3 weeks after starting a work out program? I noticed I will go down inches in my hips & waist 3 weeks after having a week of higher leveled activities (burning more calories). Now sure if this happens with other people or my body is just weird.. lol

  2. Diane Woodson profile image60
    Diane Woodsonposted 9 years ago

    Yes. I think it takes ones body a while when walking each day to get the metabolism up. Your body is not weird.

  3. ChristinS profile image39
    ChristinSposted 9 years ago

    It takes some time for your "good deeds" to catch up - it's not weird, totally normal.  If you lose a lot of weight right away it is typically water weight, genuine fat loss takes a little time to kick in.  Also, pay more attention to inches lost than weight.  If you lose inches, but the scale doesn't go down, it's because you may be building some muscle which can keep the scale the same while the tape measure makes progress.

    1. Diane Woodson profile image60
      Diane Woodsonposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You are right, My MOM says that it takes two days to see results from a day of hardly eating anything, she has been on a diet all my life they all begin on Monday too!!..I found the last 5 lbs I have lost was in inches and well any is ok with me.

  4. Abby Campbell profile image77
    Abby Campbellposted 9 years ago

    As a professional nutritionist and personal trainer, I see this quite a bit (especially in women). We tend to carry more water weight than men. If you see great loss from the beginning of changing your lifestyle through nutrition/diet and exercise, it is usually water. However, more than 50 percent of women will not see the scale budge for a few weeks. It is due to the inflammation your body produces through exercise. That inflammation tends to hold onto water. Once your body gets use to the change (exercise), it will begin releasing the weight. Make sure you drink plenty of water - ounces that equate to half your body weight in pounds. For instance, if you weight 150 pounds, make sure you get at least 75 ounces of water daily.

    As for dieting, you won't lose weight overnight as you have to remember "energy in, energy out." There must be an energy deficit, and that can be obtained through either exercise or diet, or both. A calorie is energy, and you have to have a 3,500 calorie deficit to lose one pound of body fat. You can do that through a daily diet reduction of 500 calories per day to lose one pound. I recommend that you don't go much more than 500 calories per day if you are dieting long term as your brain will think you are in starvation mode and begin holding onto everything it has (body fat). Your thyroid will slow and metabolism will decline... something you don't want. Just add activity/exercise on top of your diet to release more energy.

    With that being said, I propose that you stick to an all natural diet (nothing pre-packaged, processed, or refined) as science has shown that natural foods can burn more 50 percent or more of body fat than the man-made foods. Also, you won't have to count calories by sticking to natural foods because your brain will signal satiety (fullness) at the right times (before you eat too many calories). Besides that, you will be much healthier and be able to keep the weight off as well. wink

    1. ii3rittles profile image80
      ii3rittlesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the advice. I wasn't sure if it was a normal thing or not. I don't check my weight, just my measurements. My weight gain has to do with being under active the last few year, but I am correcting that. smile

    2. Abby Campbell profile image77
      Abby Campbellposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I had hypothyroidism as well for 6 years. I am no longer and corrected it through nutrition. You can too. wink

  5. Facial Exercises profile image61
    Facial Exercisesposted 5 years ago

    Maybe! depending on the circumstances of each person and the intensity of his desire to lose weight.

  6. profile image49
    jada brownposted 5 years ago

    initially you lose more and as your body get used to things you are doing the fat melting gets slower and slower and reaches to the point where there is no effect of exercise or whatever you are doing, this is called weight loss "plateau", here your body demands some more efforts to get into run again, you can do fasting for a while or increase hours of workout or go for some supplement, and this is my favorite subject as I have tried this and got fabulous results, been drinking "beyond weight management tea" when I was going through thick times of my journey and it helped like magic.


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