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    WEIGHT LOSS AND GYM ANY ADVICE?

    hi there does anyone out there have any advice for me? I have been going to the gym religiously for a month now. for an hour about 4-5 times a week. Have about 3 stone to lose. Anyway i weighed myself this morning, and have put on 1lb. Have been healthy eating as well by the way! Am 41 years old female, do you think its just my age, am i just meant to be big!

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    Muscle mass never crossed your mind? Or maybe water retention?
    Edited by: "PraxxtorCruel" 10th May 2011

    I would go by measurements more than just weight.



    Could be muscle mass as stated above if your adding weights into your workout? I doubt water retention would come into it considering the time difference between the weigh dates ect but it could be a small factor. Do you feel like you have lost weight/changed body shape at all?

    RosieWoo

    I would go by measurements more than just weight.



    This, try measuring waist, around your arms/legs, etc. If you're going to the gym that often, plus eating healthily, you should burn fat. If you're weighing much the same as when you started it may be you've just built up muscle, which is why you should take measurements into account.

    What type of exercise do you do at the gym, out of interest?

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    Go by the fit of clothes, if they're feeling looser then it's working. Also if you're feeling better then it's working.

    Are you putting in a good effort at the gym? I see so many people putting in the bare minimum just so they can claim to have been at the gym it seems.

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    Also my weight fluctuates 3-4lbs depending on time of day/week.

    Original Poster

    Not really thats the strange thing! The instructor told me it can take about 6 weeks to start showing and yeah i knew about the muscle weighing more than fat etc etc. Its quite depressing tho!!! x
    Yip im using weights not massive ones, just 15 reps to start with every 2 days. And then of course the cardio too. Just hope it starts working!

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    lol Yeah im sweating like a pig!!! Im sleeping a lot better as well which i suppose is positive!! I was at curves for a year before, but found my body had got used to it so i kind of plateaud! But even with curves i lost quite a lot in inches and weight by the first month.

    Original Poster

    I have been doing 5 mins warm up when i go in and some streches, then am doing half an hour on the treadmill so my heart is at the 85% range (ie burning fat and cardio). Then the weights every second day and back to stretches to finish off.

    Banned

    I know it may not be the accepted opinion but I see so many women spend most of their time doing mat exercises or similar. Just get on a piece of cardio (or 2) and go for it for a full session.

    I think you need change the way you eat to lose weight, not just go to the gym. Try eating more protein, less carbs, more vegetables + fruit. Cut out white carbs - rice, potatoes, bread, biscuits etc and bulk up on fat free yoghurt, a small number of nuts, chicken, etc and fruit, but not melon, bananas or pineapple.
    I went to the gym for ages and did loads of classes but didn't lose weight until I started to eat differently. Try GI diet or South Beach principles because they're healthy.

    Nicola - you & i are roughly the same age. I was very fortunate to recieve an email invite from a company called weight wins a couple of years ago. They actually paid me to take part in a weight loss trial. I lost over 5 stone in about 14 months with them & recieved roughly £500 cash at the end of it. Basically i'm saying it can be done. Drink water instead of other soft drinks & allow yourself a treat for doing well ( sweets, chocolate, biscuits etc ) once a week . You can do it - i know you can
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    Original Poster

    Thanks guys for all your support! I am hoping to do it within a year, slow but sure and keep it off! It amazing how quick it goes in and then u cant fit into any of your clothes no more :(. Totally agree about the food thing, u need to have a treat once a week otherwise u crave bad stuff. And 5 stone, wow thats fab! Well done!!!

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    You might want to vary up the cardio with more than just treadmill. Try the cross trainer out, decent workout can be had from that, especially if you do it correctly (most don't).

    Speak to the staff at the gym and ask them for their advice. It may just be that your body has got used to the workout that you are currently doing.

    I had a similiar experience with my weight sticking and the trainers gave me a new workout. A good tip for fat burning was whilst on the treadmill, do 1 min fast running then slow it down for 2 and then speed back up for 1 min and so on. Well done you'll reach your goal soon

    clean diet = winning

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    You're 41... why bother?

    It'll be muscle weight btw.

    hi there does anyone out there have any advice for me? I have been going … hi there does anyone out there have any advice for me? I have been going to the gym religiously for a month now. for an hour about 4-5 times a week. Have about 3 stone to lose. Anyway i weighed myself this morning, and have put on 1lb. Have been healthy eating as well by the way! Am 41 years old female, do you think its just my age, am i just meant to be big!



    no hate but the reality is you have been eating too much

    decrease calories = decrease in weight.

    Try and measure your foods and learn to count calories properly. Having a massive bowl of fruit for example might seem healthy but it will be full of calories and sugar so learn to portion foods also

    Keep up the exercise and try controlling the diet and you'll see the pounds start to come off.

    Id say a rough guide of about 1500 cals for you to consume per day, but that may be a bit higher seeing as you're a bit heavier and trying to lose weight.

    good luck!

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    I know you said that you are eating healthy food but are you counting the calories consumed each day? I think 1,500 kcal each day is a reasonable place to start?

    i woudl prbably lay off the weights to be honest as increased reps can go from toning to building mass. Swimming is a great way to loose weight and gain stamina (in case you need it) and an all round body conditioner.

    Oh and dont forget to eat breakfast as this will help kick start your metabolism. dont skip meals, but just eat less.

    top tip

    Well done and good luck for the future. Hope you hit your target.
    Edited by: "Rupz" 10th May 2011

    Rupz

    i woudl prbably lay off the weights to be honest as increased reps can go … i woudl prbably lay off the weights to be honest as increased reps can go from toning to building mass. Swimming is a great way to loose weight and gain stamina (in case you need it) and an all round body conditioner.Oh and dont forget to eat breakfast as this will help kick start your metabolism. dont skip meals, but just eat less. top tip Well done and good luck for the future. Hope you hit your target.



    she should keep the weights up. It will help to burn more calories than just cardio alone.

    She will probably be building some mass...but unless she is going ultra heavy then she wont be getting massive lol
    Edited by: "numptyj" 10th May 2011

    Original Poster

    Thanks again for all the advice, ive got a personalised programme from an instructor now to follow, the only thing is ive to do treadmill for half an hour for cardio, but my calves are killing me! However im determined, never been this size in my life (im only a size 14 but its big for me), and of course the weights, again they are not that big just really for toning properties. Swimming would have been an idea but i cant swim! x

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    Is that running on the treadmill or walking?

    You really need to bring more cardio equipment into play. Half an hour on one machine is going to get boring very quickly. 3 x 10 mins on 3 different pieces of equipment is going to be much more interesting, diverse and better for you. If you can utilise 6 pieces of equipment and rotate them each session then you'll never get bored and work out more areas.

    Original Poster

    Yeah its a kind of jog im doing, but i agree with u at the boring bit and going to try and use the other things for 10 mins instead. Thanks! x

    numptyj

    she should keep the weights up. It will help to burn more calories than … she should keep the weights up. It will help to burn more calories than just cardio alone.She will probably be building some mass...but unless she is going ultra heavy then she wont be getting massive lol



    true to some respect. however, increased reps would start to "pump" the muscle so a fine balance is required.

    Can anyone tell me if they have tried a body suit (no mafia jokes). They promote sweating which uses up energy and if you add additinal bits in strategicly places locations, say around your thighs or stomach, you sweat more and loose more round that area.

    weights = muscle mass (if lifting and eating properly) or = waste of time if not lifting properly, either way sounds like a bad deal for you... sack the weights and do cardio

    Rupz

    Can anyone tell me if they have tried a body suit (no mafia jokes). They … Can anyone tell me if they have tried a body suit (no mafia jokes). They promote sweating which uses up energy and if you add additinal bits in strategicly places locations, say around your thighs or stomach, you sweat more and loose more round that area.




    couldnt be further from the truth... sweat is water, you lose water you simply become dehydrated get thirstier quicker and put it back in... complete waste of time. why on earth you would want to suffocate your body during a workout is beyond belief, your skin needs to breathe to keep you cool and enable you to workout longer/harder than using a sweat suit.....ONLY valid reason for using one is when your cutting weight for a fight etc and yuo actually wish to become dehydrayed.

    You need to change how you eat.
    I've lost just under 3 stone since the mid January.

    Mind you for the first 2-3 months I was doing massive cardio sessions at the gym and only eating 1700 calories a day. Eat low in fat foods, try and not consume and saturated fats, low sugar foods (fruit is okay as it's natural sugar) a decent amount of carbs to give you energy and protein to repair any worked out muscles.

    Now Im under 13 stone (6'1 and 21 years old) I focus more on weights and do a warm down on the rowing machine after every session. I also go to circuit training once a week. I can now eat 2000-2500 calories a day (as long as I don't eat junk) and maintain my weight.

    So yeh - you need to watch what you eat and exercise. Not one or the other. Both
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