I am starting week four of a 12 weekdiet/fitness bootcamp. I am a 56yo female and joined the camp to attempt to move from an average, lackluster fitness routine (that was pretty much all cardio) to something that really tones, improves flexibility, and would slim down my post-M thick belly. I started the camp at 5.5″, 134 pounds. I have pushed myself hard. I am using dumbells and resistance bands and lifting/pushing stronger weight that I ever have – increasing every week. Sometimes the weight is so heavy I can’t do all the reps and I am shaking, so I know I am pushing. My cardio is very stepped-up interval type training and a combination of things. I am doing a ton of stretching before, during, and after, and can see my flexibility improving. On one hand, I am super proud of my accomplishments in three weeks. I could not do one push up in the beginning, and can do eight in a row now. I have given birth to a baby bicep and lost four inches off my waist, an inch off my hips and bust. All this has been done while “clean eating”, holding my caloric intake but eliminating gluten and sugar. Sooooo, considering this super hard work, I am very puzzled. I have lost one pound of body weight. Seriously? How does someone work so hard and not see a bigger overall impact? Yep, I hear that I am 56 and not seriously overweight to begin with – but I am puzzled. As I am continuing to increase my weights every time I lift ( 3x week going to 4x week starting next week) I need some dang encouragement!! Thanks for your help.
I would like to also add in you have done a fabulous job!!!!!
I work almost exclusively with the 45+ female population. One of the biggest things I harp on, is the scale does not tell the entire truth. As others have already said there are other measurements and there is a +- on either side of those measurements. I too had a client that lost one pound yet lost 4 inches off her hips. It can be frustrating if weight reduction was the goal you set.
I usually take only body circumferences because when someone comes to me for weight loss, what they really want is to look better and wear a smaller size. Sounds like you have achieved both with the extra bonus of getting in tip top shape.
Go out and get yourself a great outfit, see if you still think you haven’t achieved something.
Keep up the great work! I too wish I had a client like you.
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First of all great job! Sticking to your training while not seeing the results your looking for right away can be hard. Typically in my experience women seam to loose inches before they see the scale move. If your trainer did not measure your body fat% at the beginning but did take measurements that’s just as important because that gives you your starting point to work from. if you have those measurements you can Google a free body fat estimator on line and plug those numbers in and see where you started and where you are now. If you are loosing inches you are losing body fat, muscle is about 1/3 the size of fat. Keep up the great work!
Not bad. Keep it up!
Since your strength is climbing so rapidly, it’s likely that your lean body mass is increasing, too. A pound of dense muscle takes up a lot less room than a pound of fat, so it’s very common for waistlines to shrink without seeing a reduction in total weight.
If you’re seeing results, keep going. Give it at least twelve weeks and check back with us!
if I had to choose between 4 inches off my waist and 1 pound off the scale, I’d take the 4 inches any day.
If you had had a body composition before you started, you would have seen even more numbers heading in the right direction.
As everybody else here has already stated, you should add as another flexibility exercise padding yourself on the back several times a day. I wished I had a client like you 🙂
Just keep going.