W2R2 finished! But have a disappointment
Finished W2R2 last night and it felt good, something must have changed in my head as I am enjoying it again at the moment, was disappointed to weigh myself this morning though and after the running and eating much better only lost 4lbs since Xmas
The recommended weight loss rate is 1-2 lbs per week, so you're absolutely where you should be. Additionally your body takes time to adjust. I'm certainly of the opinion that doing it slowly is more sustainable long term. Remember also that you can't outrun a bad diet. Don't see running as a means to losing weight, but as a part of developing your fitness. It will help convert fat to muscle long term and help with toning. Be a bit more kind to yourself. You've lost 4lbs and are improving your cardiovascular health, you should be proud of yourself, not worrying that it isn't quick enough. It is worth repeating and it is easier said than done, but be kind to your self.
You are as mooning says doing okay. The C25K is not a weight loss programme, and may help or not. Some folk lose weight others don't. I put weight on during the programme..( yes, odd)..
What it will do is make you leaner and tauter.. and make you feel fitter.. combine that with a healthy eating regime and it is a win, win situation
Lots of folk on here are also on the Health Unlocked NHS weight Loss forum and find that the combination really works...you may be interested in that ?
Onward and upward and focus on the fitness
Thanks for your replies. I only say about losing weight because when I done it before the weight just fell off. I eat a good healthy balanced diet 95% of the time and definitely avoid rubbish "diet" foods. Mind you I am only week2 in so maybe it's just my body readjusting and strengthening again. I definitely do feel less bloated and more stronger already
Don't focus just on your weight. Take some measurements (waist, hips, thighs, arms). I lost inches (literally!) around my waist and thighs before I lost an ounce in weight. The running will not, on it's own, make you lose weight, but I found that the incentive in seeing my dress size fall (was size 20 boardering on 22) helped spur me on to working on my diet, too.
The affirmation from knowing that I was working through the program and seeing the improvement in my stamina as the lengths of the runs increased also gave me the belief that I could crack following a diet, too - and it worked. I tried the 5:2 and have stuck with it. You will find something you can work with, too.
Good luck and keep it up. You will get the buzz back, just stick with it.
4lb is fine. Better than fine! It's early days for both C25k and diet. Keep going and you'll definitely see those results. Muscle weighs more than fat I believe so look out for inch loss as much as pound loss. I lost three and a half stone in 2016 but it took about nine months (I started C25k a month into dieting).
Sounds good sustainable progress to me.
Week 2! Cut yourself some slack 😁
I haven't really lost weight since doing the programme (although I haven't really limited my calorie intake, just made it more healthy), however there is definitely less of me, and I am a much better shape. I have been reminded by others that this is because muscle is heavier than fat. So don't be disheartened and keep on running. You sound as if you're doing great.
A loss is a loss - at least your weight is going in the right direction. Just like we say here, a short run is better than no run and similarly 4lb loss is better than no loss or even weight gain. When I started to run I was disappointed to find that I'd actually put weight on! I tried to remember that running was helping me get fitter and eating healthily and I started to not mind so much about what the scales said. If you're not squeamish google 1lb of fat vs 1lb of muscle and you will see the difference size wise it takes up in your body - you could weigh more but actually be much slimmer!
Exercising is probably the best thing you can do for your body. It's a lot more about what's going on in the inside than outside and it's your visceral fat that's the dangerous kind. Exercise helps shift it away from your organs but obviously you can't see those changes (unless you check visceral fat levels on electronic scales).
Once you're running for longer the weight might start to drop off. If you have a lot to lose then carry on what you're doing and remember how good for your body exercising is.
Having lost over 2 stone last year, and still aiming to get rid of anothe 1/2 - 1 more, I have maybe not necessarily noticed a dramatic weight change since running ( and as you can see I have not graduated yet) ,but what I have seen is a physical change.
My whole body is 'morphing' since running, even if I don't weigh any different for 2-3 weeks. I have discovered bones and muscles that had previously been in hiding, even my tummy looks trimmer. My waist size is steady decreasing without any losses on the scales. 4lbs is great, body changes even greater 😊
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