When will I drop pounds and not just inches?
April 7, 2010 3:25 PM Subscribe
I'm losing inches, but not so many pounds. How long til the weight drops?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 5'6", female, mid-30s, about 174 pounds. I started Weight Watchers in early January at 184 pounds, so I've lost about ten pounds since then.
In February I started a fitness boot camp. I go 3 x/week, and it's a great, intense workout for me. I'm usually too sore to do anything on the other days except walk or play with my dog and kids. I didn't lose a lot any weight during the first few weeks of bootcamp, which I attributed to muscle soreness and such. I did do measurements again after four weeks, and had lost quite a few inches around my bust, waist, hips, and even thighs, where I tend to carry more weight. My instructor was concerned I wasn't getting enough protein, so I have been tracking that carefully and supplementing with whey. And in general I'm eating healthy, lots of green veggies and mostly measured portions, without much processed food. I'm staying on plan with WW.
I took about two weeks off between bootcamps, and lost five pounds! I still did some exercise, so it wasn't muscle loss. Plus my pants and shirts demonstrate I'm losing something--my go-to clothes from January are now way too big.
Now I'm in the second bootcamp, and my weight isn't budging. Our workouts include a lot of muscle work--squats, lunges, hill sprints, dumbell work, etc, and I'm usually at least a little bit sore for a day or two after each workout. I can feel I'm stronger and fitter by a long shot.
But my ultimate goal is not to be a muscle-bound 175 pound gal. I'd like to lose some pounds. I know I need to be patient, but it's hard for me to ignore my weight.
Are sore muscles somehow heavier? When will my weight drop? Am I simply still consuming too many calories? Or do I need to check in with a nutritionist?
(And this is anonymous because I'm so lame I really don't want you know my weight.)