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Still Not Seeing Results
Still Not Seeing Results
1/1/13 3:50 AM
I posted 2 years ago .... forgot all about it .... and re-reading now and have the same lament. No matter what I do, I'm seeing NO RESULTS. I think the 'trainers' would think I'm lying or not being truthful about what I do. But it's not that way. I look at my workout calendar for the past TWO YEARS and there are very few 'open' days where I skipped a workout. I had done the entire Turbo Fire program religiously. After that, I did the hybrid from TF and CLX. After that, I did CLX entirely. Still nothing. I burn more calories than I consume. I drink a ton of water. I've made so many positive changes in my life. And here, on Jan 1st, 2013, the scale is 8 pounds HIGHER than it was a year ago. HIGHER!!!! And although I 'get' that muscle weighs more than fat, I don't feel as toned as I should based on the dedication and commitment I've made to a fitness regime. It's very hard to remain motivated and dedicated. At work, we had a month of cookies and candies and cakes brought in for the holidays and I ate NONE .... not ONE bite. And still, the scale goes up.

Yes, I'm whining at the injustice of it all. I don't want to give up but there really has to be SOME resolution to my dilemma ....
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RE: Still Not Seeing Results
1/1/13 5:58 AM as a reply to keke0116.
Hi Keke! Happy new year, and do not despair - I'm sure with the help of everyone in this board, that we can figure out where you need to make changes to get the results you are looking for.

Here's a few things to look into:

1) Are you working out at the correct intensity? Getting a heart rate monitor is a great way to determine if you are in the right zone. There are plenty that think they work out hard, but a lot of it is just mental perception, and the body and heart works out less in reality.

2) Are you eating correctly? To be specific, are you staying away from processed sugars, concentrated sugars, junk food, fast food, fried foods, greasy foods, processed fats, etc ? I also took a quick peek at your profile, and you mentioned you used to drink. If you still drink alcohol, depending on what you consume, this is actually very heavy in the calories, and diminishes muscle gains.

3) Are you eating enough calories? Just because you eat less, does not mean you are not sending your body to starvation mode. This is a very common problem with people that try to lose weight (I also had this same issue in the past) - it's the mentality that they must eat very little. When you eat very little, the body goes into some form of shock, and starts to store whatever it can as fat, rather than properly burning it off. I have read about several people that have had to INCREASE their calorie in-take - from 1500 to as much as 2000 calories, in order for their body to lose weight and get out of starvation mode. I have a feeling that this might be the culprit for your dilemma.

4) Are you drinking enough water? When I started my Insanity program, I was lucky to drink 1 liter of water per day, and now, after about 2 months in, I regularly drink a gallon of water a day. Water is helpful because it is constantly flushing the body, as well as a big part of keeping hunger pangs in check. Dehydration/thirst sometimes get interpreted by the body as 'hunger' incorrectly - so drinking lots of water can take care of this mixed signal.

5) Are you keeping track of what you eat? It's very important to keep a food journal, or keeping track of it in something like myfitnesspal.com - it is very possible to underestimate the amount of food/calories we actually consume.

6) Do you have any way to get your body fat measured? Rather than focusing on the scale (which I did for a very long time), you may want to look at it from a different angle. A few months ago, I weighed in at 138 with 38.8% body fat - that's 54 pounds of fat! And now, a few months later, I'm at 129 with 26% body fat - that's now only 33 pounds of fat! Although I only lost 9 pounds from the scale - I lost about 20 pounds of fat! Another way to measure would be in inches as well - constantly taking measurements or photos can sometimes show you differences that you do not see in your scale.

The other good point with measuring your body fat is to determine if you are losing lean body mass - specifically, if you are losing muscle. Because of my past eating disorder, stress, and bad weight loss methods, I have lost a lot of my muscle over the years - and building this back up is now my main focus.




If you can provide some more information about yourself, such as:

- how many calories you eat per day now
- your height/weight
- your current activity factor (how often you exercise, for how long)


That will help everyone pin-point where you need work.

Good luck! And do not lose hope! You will find what needs to change, as long as you do not give up, and before you know it - you've already reached your goals!
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RE: Still Not Seeing Results
1/1/13 6:54 AM as a reply to keke0116.
keke0116:
I posted 2 years ago .... forgot all about it .... and re-reading now and have the same lament. No matter what I do, I'm seeing NO RESULTS. I think the 'trainers' would think I'm lying or not being truthful about what I do. But it's not that way. I look at my workout calendar for the past TWO YEARS and there are very few 'open' days where I skipped a workout. I had done the entire Turbo Fire program religiously. After that, I did the hybrid from TF and CLX. After that, I did CLX entirely. Still nothing. I burn more calories than I consume. I drink a ton of water. I've made so many positive changes in my life. And here, on Jan 1st, 2013, the scale is 8 pounds HIGHER than it was a year ago. HIGHER!!!! And although I 'get' that muscle weighs more than fat, I don't feel as toned as I should based on the dedication and commitment I've made to a fitness regime. It's very hard to remain motivated and dedicated. At work, we had a month of cookies and candies and cakes brought in for the holidays and I ate NONE .... not ONE bite. And still, the scale goes up.

Yes, I'm whining at the injustice of it all. I don't want to give up but there really has to be SOME resolution to my dilemma ....


Keke,

I'm sorry that you feel like you are not making progress, I have seen your before and after photos and I see the change. The scale is only one measurement tool and can be very misleading. I've attached a side by side comparison photo to illustrate this point.

Keep at it, you are doing great, just by completing 3 rounds you have done an amazing thing.

Do you use myfitnesspal?
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RE: Still Not Seeing Results
1/1/13 1:56 PM as a reply to charcharchar.
Thank you for your very detailed reply. To answer your questions:

1) Are you working out at the correct intensity? Getting a heart rate monitor is a great way to determine if you are in the right zone. There are plenty that think they work out hard, but a lot of it is just mental perception, and the body and heart works out less in reality.

I THINK SO. I DO USE A HEART RATE MONITOR AND CALORIE COUNTER AND MY HEART RATE GOES UP, ESP. WITH INTENSE CARDIO. AND I BURN UPWARD OF 500 CALORIES IN A WORKOUT.

2) Are you eating correctly? To be specific, are you staying away from processed sugars, concentrated sugars, junk food, fast food, fried foods, greasy foods, processed fats, etc ? I also took a quick peek at your profile, and you mentioned you used to drink. If you still drink alcohol, depending on what you consume, this is actually very heavy in the calories, and diminishes muscle gains.

I EAT REALLY WELL. LIKELY NOT 'ENOUGH' BUT HEALTHY. I DON'T 'DO' FAST FOOD. (POLLO TROPICAL ON RARE OCCASION IS THE ONLY 'FAST FOOD' I EAT.) SKIP SUGARS, FRIED OR GREASY FOODS. I REALLY EAT HEALTHY, ALMOST NO PROCESSED FOODS. I DO DRINK ALCOHOL BUT NOT LIKE I USED TO. BEFORE/AFTER MY DIVORCE, I WAS DRINKING WINE ALMOST DAILY, 3-4 GLASSES WOULD NOT BE UNCOMMON. NOW, I DRINK 'SOCIALLY' AND USUALLY 1-2 DRINKS, VODKA RATHER THAN WINE.

3) Are you eating enough calories? Just because you eat less, does not mean you are not sending your body to starvation mode. This is a very common problem with people that try to lose weight (I also had this same issue in the past) - it's the mentality that they must eat very little. When you eat very little, the body goes into some form of shock, and starts to store whatever it can as fat, rather than properly burning it off. I have read about several people that have had to INCREASE their calorie in-take - from 1500 to as much as 2000 calories, in order for their body to lose weight and get out of starvation mode. I have a feeling that this might be the culprit for your dilemma.

THIS MIGHT BE MY BIGGEST ISSUE. I EVEN SAW A NUTRITIONIST A YEAR AGO WHO SAID THE SAME. I'M EATING THE RIGHT FOODS BUT NOT ALWAYS AT THE RIGHT TIME. AND I HAVE A VERY STRESSFUL BUSY JOB, SO IT'S SO HARD TO MAKE THE TIME FOR THE 'SNACKS.' I AM EATING HEALTHY BREAKFAST AND LUNCHES .... DINNER IS HIT-OR-MISS. GOOD REMINDER.

4) Are you drinking enough water? When I started my Insanity program, I was lucky to drink 1 liter of water per day, and now, after about 2 months in, I regularly drink a gallon of water a day. Water is helpful because it is constantly flushing the body, as well as a big part of keeping hunger pangs in check. Dehydration/thirst sometimes get interpreted by the body as 'hunger' incorrectly - so drinking lots of water can take care of this mixed signal.

PERHAPS NOT AS MUCH AS I NEED ALTHOUGH I DO DRINK WATER ALL DAY EVERY DAY. (OTHER THAN AN OCCASIONAL ALCOHOLIC DRINK, THE ONLY THING I DRINK IS WATER ... NO SODAS ETC)

5) Are you keeping track of what you eat? It's very important to keep a food journal, or keeping track of it in something like myfitnesspal.com - it is very possible to underestimate the amount of food/calories we actually consume.

"SOMETIMES" IS THE MOST HONEST ANSWER. I GO THROUGH STAGES WHERE I DO THIS RELIGIOUSLY AND THEN STOP FOR AWHILE. GENERALLY SPEAKING, MY DIET IS CONSISTENT DAY TO DAY.

6) Do you have any way to get your body fat measured? Rather than focusing on the scale (which I did for a very long time), you may want to look at it from a different angle. A few months ago, I weighed in at 138 with 38.8% body fat - that's 54 pounds of fat! And now, a few months later, I'm at 129 with 26% body fat - that's now only 33 pounds of fat! Although I only lost 9 pounds from the scale - I lost about 20 pounds of fat! Another way to measure would be in inches as well - constantly taking measurements or photos can sometimes show you differences that you do not see in your scale.

THAT'S A GOOD WAY OF MEASURING. I'M AT 22-23% BODY FAT AT LAST CHECK. NEED TO CHECK AGAIN.

If you can provide some more information about yourself, such as:

- how many calories you eat per day now TYPICALLY 1400-1700 CALORIES
- your height/weight I'M 5'4" AND WAS 144.7 LBS THIS MORNING. (136.5 ON 12/31/11!)
- your current activity factor (how often you exercise, for how long) USUALLY 6 DAYS A WEEK (SOMETIMES 5, SOMETIMES 7) .... MORNINGS BEFORE WORK AVERAGE 30 MIN. WEEKENDS 45-90 MIN.
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RE: Still Not Seeing Results
1/1/13 2:02 PM as a reply to CoachCane.
Thanks for the reminder! And the compliment. I've not taken photos in about a year so maybe it's time to try that again. SOOOOO hard to do when the scale is 'up' but maybe I'll 'see' some changes. I can see a little more definition in my abs but it's not like my clothes are feeling 'loose' either.

I ordered Tracey Anderson's "Metamophosis" program which supposedly targets your problem areas. We'll see if that changes anything. And also thinking of investing in a treadmill .... I want to start to 'run' but my schedule doesn't always allow me outdoors during the safest times.

(((hugs)))
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RE: Still Not Seeing Results
1/1/13 3:25 PM as a reply to keke0116.
Keke, you're welcome!

Ok, I think based on your replies, something you can try is eating a bit more. If you are as active as I think you are, then your body really needs enough nutrition to keep repairing itself every day.

Getting the body fat % measured would be good, it will give you a much better picture of what is going on inside, than any scale ever can!

Here is something I will suggest, since you have a heart rate monitor - wear it for 24 hours straight on a regular workday, and again on a weekend. I had to do this before so I can accurately calculate how much calories I should be consuming without sending my body to starvation mode. I would not be surprised if you burn upwards 2500+ calories per day - in which case if you want to lose 1 pound a week of fat - you will want to be eating atleast 2000 calories every day (500 calorie deficit per day).

Good luck!!! And yes, as Coach Geoff has mentioned - take pictures! They can show us a totally different perspective!
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