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7/6/12 11:59 A

Hi, MELI85 !!

If it's only been a week or two with no loss, try not to worry. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week. There may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong. This isn't the Biggest Loser. Those types of weekly weight losses are just not typical.

So, don't worry that the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time.

Also, the reason you might not have seen a loss this week or over the last two may be because of the heat. You may be experiencing some water retention because of the heat. That's not unusual. I can gain as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of water retention. Do make sure you're drinking plenty of water when it's hot outside. If a person is the least bit dehydrated, their bodies will hold on to water.

I suspect you just need to be patient with our body. If you're truly concerned, talk to your dietitian and see what they think. they know what you've been eating for the last 6-8 weeks better than we do.



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7/6/12 11:39 A

You're right! It's not a race. We're all impatient. That 70 lbs didn't appear over a couple months time so give it a chance to melt off slowly and safely. Slow weight loss is generally permanent weight loss. It might help to make short term goals. Every ten lbs is about one clothing size so you might break it into seven 10 lb goals--or 20 5-lb goals!

Edited by: DIANE7786 at: 7/6/2012 (11:40)
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7/6/12 10:59 A

I need to lose about 70 pounds. I'm eating only proteins, veggies, and beans, and occasionaly nuts.... per my nutritionist. The reason for my limited food choices is because she's treating other health issues right now and she's going to slowly add normal foods back in. I feel healthier and it's definately improving my health and helping in other areas.. Don't get me wrong I"m thrilled to have lost 13 pounds last month.. but theres this fear that I'll just stop losing weight(not sure where thats coming from). I just feel like since I"m eating so healthy the pounds should be flying off of me! But I guess its not a race and it is going to take some time. Thanks!

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7/6/12 10:51 A

There's no reason for concern. Hot weather and high humidity can cause fluid retention. For me, paying too much attention to the scale is self-sabatage. Keep focused on your food and exercise plans and you will reach your goal.

Edited by: DIANE7786 at: 7/6/2012 (10:57)
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7/6/12 10:46 A

Hi MELI85,

How much weight would you like/need to lose? Remember the more weight one has to lose, one may lose a lot more in the beginning. This has to do with more of a shift in fluids than actual fat loss. That doesn't mean you didn't lose any fat, but more than likely you lost a lot of fluid, too.

Remember too that weight loss is not linear. There may be some weeks where you lose, some where you remain the same and some where you may gain, but it's what happens over the long term that counts for permanent weight loss. Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

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7/6/12 10:36 A

I lost 13 pounds last month. I'm over a week into month #2 and the scale won't budge! The only thing I can think of is it might be from high humidity???? Should I be concerned.. I just started but could I have plateued already??

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