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Old 07-13-06, 09:27 PM   #1
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Weight loss results

How long does it take on average for someone to see results in weight loss on their body on a standard low-cal, high exercise diet?
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Old 07-13-06, 09:53 PM   #2
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I lost 55lbs in 6 months...

It depends on how dedicated you are as I saw results within the first 2 weeks.
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Hard for me to notice on myself in the beginning, but about a month into it, AI was getting comments from people every day
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Old 07-14-06, 01:00 AM   #4
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I've been doing it for 3 months now. I just went to the Dr. yesterday and I've only lost 6 lbs but my Dr., who is a runner herself, was amazed by the changes to my body shape and composition. She thinks I've lost a whole lot of fat and gained a whole lot of muscle. My BP went from 130/90 to 125/82, and I'm really happy about that.
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Old 07-14-06, 05:36 AM   #5
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It depends on how much you cut from your diet. The general rule of thumb is 3500 calories = 1 pound of body fat. You need to cut out or burn 3500 calories(net) to lose one pound of body fat. This can easily be done every week.
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<<<<<<<<<< 40 in 4 months

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I've lost 70-lbs in 16 months with roughly a 500 cal/day deficit. I find I end up on the weight roller-coaster if I try to lose more than this rate. And my fitness-improvement rate isn't as quick either. Probably because I'd be low on energy with too great of a deficit and that impairs recovery. And probably also because more muscle is lost at a faster rate as well.
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I have lost 52 lbs in six months. Averaging 1.5-2 lbs loss per week. Some weeks no loss, but then I'd lose a chunk of three or 4 the next... weird how the body does things. I just ate healthy and rode the bike... no starving, no real diet.
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30 lbs in 3 months, then about 2 months for another 5 lbs.
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Ok but when did you look in the mirror and be like hey i look different.
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1 month before any difference appeared
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Cool thanks for your input.
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1 month before any difference appeared

+1 about 1 month. then BOOM !

At the halfway point for me (20 of the 40) I started noticing a big diff

Went from 36 waist jeans to 33 now and I need a belt for the 33's

X-large T's to MEDIUMS

Feels awesome.

More important, went from a dead 15 MPH to 17.5

Resting heart rate was 80 now 50

Blood pressure 140/70 now 95/63
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Ok but when did you look in the mirror and be like hey i look different.
For me, it was after losing 5 or so pounds. I could tell a difference in the way my pants felt. All of my excess weight is on the gut. Over the past two years, I've stopped drinking sodas and eating fast food except for a Subway sandwich with no mayo or cheese. I've cut way down on the potato chips and I eat more vegetables and less meat. I also eat breakfast, usually oatmeal sweetened with raisins, everyday. That keeps me from being too hungry at lunch and pigging out, which made me feel like not doing any exercise that afternoon. The exercise keeps me from just lying on the sofa or playing computer games and when I eat I'm not Jonesing for greasy fried stuff like I used to live on(Popeye's chicken).

Slow, gradual diet changes instead of a radical switch has made it easier to live with. Now, the fried chicken and hamburgers don't appeal to me at all and I don't miss Coca-cola, either.

I also keep an eye out for high fructose corn syrup and avoid it. Supposedly that stuff doesn't turn on the "I'm full" sign in your brain and you just keep eating.

Meanwhile, I'm riding my bike, saying hello to the cows, and having a good time.
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30ish pounds in roughly 7 months, didnt really notice any changes until month 4, then i started to definately see it coming off my stomach and now at month 7 im seeing veins in places i didnt know veins existed. ive still got another 10-15 to go, but im getting there, this is riding 3 days a week and hittin the gym 3 other days, with 1 day of rest per 7 days, usually a weekend day, in which ill go out to dinner and eat and drink to much haha but why live if you can't have fun
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Yeah, can't take away all the fun or you'll rebel against your diet/workout regimen and end up gaining all the weight back and more.
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<<<<<<<<<< 40 in 4 months
I've lost just over 20 in 2 months, cycling about 75-100 miles per week and eating less and not eating much sweet stuff.
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Most experts recommend losing around 1 lb per week. Doing that requires a deficit of about 500 calories per day, which you can achieve by: 1) eating less, or 2) exercising more, or 3) doing some of both.

You can also lose substantial amounts of weight at a slower rate (say, 1/2 lb per week)...it can be easier to adjust to, but you have to be careful not to backslide because one "binge" can wreck your whole week.

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Cool thanks. I just finished week 3 of lowcal diet/exercise. I cant wait to see what Im like in a few months
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Be careful about cutting back too much on the calories and having too much of a deficit, it'll impair your fitness-improvement rate and you'll end up at a plateau. Will also be tired and lethargic all the time as well.

Good luck!

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I lost 90 lbs in 11 months
on Whey Protein Smoothies.
See http://www.wheyoflife.org
for details on how it promotes
weight loss and lean muscle body mass.
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At the store, I mostly buy Bolthouse farms mocha whey protein shake thing. If not that odwalla super protein, but its soy.
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My weight loss is not as dramatic as many people over here, but I have managed to lose 15 lbs in 5 weeks (185 to 170). When I started, following changes were made to my lifestyle:

Exercise:
Ride at least 4 times a week (12-13 miles every time)
Just started some weight training, and would like to do that on no-ride-days.
Walk 3 miles every evening after dinner

Food:
Completely cut out fast foods, fried stuff and worthless crap that tastes yummy.
Eat smaller portions of healthy, whole foods
Eat 6 times a day rather than three big meals

I am not getting enough Zinc and Vitamin B-12. What do you eat for those? I would rather not eat pills.
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Ok but when did you look in the mirror and be like hey i look different.
I find that the mirror can lie to you. I always felt like I looked thinner than I was when I was at my heaviest 12 months ago. You know how it is when you see pictures and you're like, damn is that really how I look!?!?!? I've lost 90 pounds in the past 12 months and when I look in the mirror I still feel like I haven't made that big of a difference, but now when I see pictures I can really see the difference. Best of luck to you in your weight loss. Keep it slow and steady. Take a picture now and take one later, the camera doesn't lie. If I could turn back the clock I would've taken some terrible, shirt off, sad looking pictures so I could try to get in an ad for a weight loss supplement or something.

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