Hi there. I started to eat 70% healthy foods with enough calories, run two miles a day, and do some minor calisthenics at night 3 months ago, but since then I have seen absolutely no change in weight or even how my clothes are fitting. The most I’ve seen is an iota of more definition in my quads. The scale will not budge at 160 (ideal weight would be 130-140). If I keep up this lifestyle in general would I eventually get leaner? Or would anything change visibly?
If your weight doesn’t change, it can also means you’re building muscle and losing fat, which is a good thing.
If your goal is to lose weight, you will need to be in a caloric deficit: burn more calories than you eat. You can achieve this by:
1) Decreasing your caloric intake by mainly focusing on reducing your carbs intake except around your workouts.
2) Try high intensity interval training (HIIT), it helps burn more fat than traditional steady state cardio.
3) Reduce the rest between your sets when you’re doing weight training / calisthenics. It will help you burn more calories.
I have been walk/jogging for about 20-30 minutes 3 to 4 times a week for these last 3 weeks but I have not lost any weight. I am drinking more water, being more active, making healthier food choices for 3 weeks. I am sore so I feel like that is a good indication I'm working my body out. So why with all this change my weight hasn't changed?
“weight” is a very broad term. Since it can vary due to change in your water intake, muscle mass and body fat.
You might be losing fat, but since you drink more water that’s why your “weight” has not moved. Or you’re simply building muscle (gaining weight), which is good.
If you really want to see what’s changing, do a body composition check or get a balance that tells you your water %, muscle mass % and fat %.
We all expect our weight to change and to have more energy and all that. I’m going to be real with you and share all the TMI stuff that surprised me, so maybe it won’t catch you by surprise.
Poops are better.
They become regular and amazing.
They’re going to regulate. I didn’t get a period for 3 years and once I gained enough weight to start them again, it was like a second puberty. My hormones were a ragin’. They’ve since evened out, but it was a shock. If you are obese, periods can become irregular or stop so your second puberty can happen with weight loss as well.
You suddenly become very aware of your underwear size.
Nothing worse than saggy underpants or a pair that’s cutting into you.
My thinking changed a lot.
The healthier and fitter I became, the more driven I became in every aspect of my life. My thinking was more methodical and rational. Overall, it felt more clear. This is the only one that’s not super TMI.