I'm 19, female, just shy of 5' 7", and ~240 pounds. As of this past Monday, I am dieting (between 1500-1800 calories per day, though sometimes less than that, and I do try to make it relatively balanced) and exercising (30 minutes - 1 hour per day on an elliptical machine, then 3 sets of 10 reps on each weights, leg press, and crunch machine). I did a mile in 7:15 on the elliptical machine today and did a little over 4 miles in 30 minutes (but I know that won't translate to actually running on a surface or a treadmill). When I do one hour (spread out over two 30 minute sessions, one in the morning, one in the evening) on the elliptical, I burn 800-900 calories. But my question is, roughly how long would it be before I could expect to see weight loss results? I know muscle weighs more than fat, so if I'm building muscle right now, I could expect to weigh a bit more.
I don't want to get discouraged and give up if I don't see results soon, so I'd like a general idea of how long I may have to wait. My current goal is 175 pounds, at which point my reward will be to start taking horseback riding lessons, then continue losing weight until I am content with my body (I've had issues with my body for a decade, not helped at all by my mother or siblings).
(Before anyone asks/comments, no, I have not discussed a weight loss/exercise program with my doctor. Yes, I know I should, so the lecture is really not necessary . I do not feel comfortable going to my doctor at this point--not because I don't like him, I really think he's wonderful, but for other reasons that will hopefully fade with time... though I would go if I had some urgent problem.)
Scarleteen is not a weight loss site. Therefore we don't like commenting on it. However, it is essential that you continue to eat healthily and drink lots of water to fuel your exercise programme. Having your doctor monitor this is a very good idea.
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Here are two of the best things you can do in this scenario:
1) Talk to a doctor. Doesn't have to be yours, but the smartest, most effective thing you culd do would be to do that. Make sure there are no condtions attached to your weight issues, geth help making sure your approach to this is in line with your health.
2) Throw away your scale. Seriously. The numbers on a scale rarely have boo to do with your health and are no indicator of fitness. All scales tend to accomplish is creating body obsession. When you're getting fitter and healhier you WILL feel it, in your body. A scale can't tell you that, but a greater feeling of strength and energy can, a change in what you want to eat can. And when you're heating healthfully, getting good activity (for the record, a doctor or trainer would tell you that the sort of training you're doing will require rotation or off days) solidly, in a few months, you'll likely have no trouble experiencing those feelings.
You didn't really answer my question, but thanks anyway. (And I do know I have to take days off from weights and such, which is what I'm doing today.)
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We did answer your question: it's likely that within a few months of healthy exercise and eating, you will feel results.
See, no one can say "see" results for this reason: we have no idea what your current fitness is like, what your frame is, how much muscle you have, how you were eating before (foodwise, not calories), how you're eating now and what your overall health is. It's possible at that weight and height that a person could be as fit as they get and look no different in a while; it's possible you could look radically different. It's possible if you keep the infernal torture device that is a scale that your numbers may not change much or at all, or that they could radically. Those sorts of things have to do with all the issues above. That's why your doctor is a more helpful person to ask these questions of and consult with.
But anyone who is not currently active and who is not eating helthfully will absolutely FEEL results in a few months when they change those habits for the better.
Hi, I have lost a good amount of weight though eaing right and ALWAYS drinking water. I lost a total of 70 lbs in 7-8 months so that's 10 pounds a month if you will. So you will see results if you stay on your diet and don't cheat. If you any questions let me know.
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