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Why is my weight the same after week 6

I'm on week 6 and enjoying the running and really look forward to doing each run , but my prob is my weight lost..i still stick to a healthy diet but my weight is still the same , I am trying to loose 2 stone but so far into the running plan it baffles me why I ain't losing any weight..i couldn't run 30 secs without stopping , and now I run up to 20 mins ..any ideas ??

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Hi Bobby, have you measured yourself? You have likely added muscle and toned up a bit. Regardless of what the scales say you are getting fitter. Good luck with C25k, not far to go now.

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Much appreciated.. I feel lighter ..is that mad ? Lol

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Not mad at all 😊 and your clothes will tell you how you’re doing. Keep at it

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Not giving up ..determined to be knocking out several 5k a week lol

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Nobbymahon, Ive been thinking the same. I know muscle is supposed to be heavier than fat and I’m a lot stronger, with loads more energy but same weight.

I have a feeling it’s the runs without breaks after week 6 that start to have impact. I’ve also bought a heart rate monitor and I’ve been trying to stay within my fat burning zone (i.e a lower intensity) - difficult when you’re out of breath!

Just to reinforce the frustration, my little dog who I run with, looks fitter and healthier than ever (dropped 2 dress sizes at least).

Would love to see other peoples feedback on this!

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It helps when ppl explain such things ..many thanks and I am determined to get there ..

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Muscle weighs the same as fat . A kilo is a kilo whatever you weigh

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I stopped weighing myself, but I'm pretty sure I put on at least half a stone 😭. I'm convincing myself that I look better on it🤣🤣🤣 .

As lagatachocolate says, some may be muscle, I wish I had measured before I started, so that's something to consider.

Also look at some positive changes in numbers, lower heart rate, lower blood pressure.

Increase in fitness . A 30 minute run won't significantly impact on your calorie allowance, but over time increased muscle will use more calories ( this is what I tell myself)

If I hadn't decided to stop weighing at week 5, I would most likely have stopped running 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🤩

Keep it up, you're getting to the good bit now🤗

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Thank you ..

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At this stage you are unlikely to drop weight simply because you are not burning enough calories during your short runs. To lose it you need to burn more than you take, healthy diet or not.

Once you get into medium distances of 10k plus and start running faster, then you start seeing visible changes.

When l got into 4-5 runs per week with the shortest being 8K during half marathon training and by the time l completed it and ran 21k, l lost 6kg because l was burning half of daily recommended calorie intake during each practice run. Plus l drink so much water, there isn't much room left for food, lol. Plus l ditched bread, pasta and sweets unless l need the boost a night before the long run.

A bit of sacrifice but it does work if you commit.

Good luck!

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Hells bells!!

Here was me thinking my husband was a running machine!

To be fair I have gained weight in spite of a calorie deficit, so I think Bobby may also be in deficit, but not losing weight.

Yes the longer, more frequent runs will be instrumental in weight loss.

But hang on a minute, are you suggesting that my hard earned, sweaty sweating swearing 5k, dies not even earn the Medium Distance tag!!!

I'm devastated.

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Haha! Don't be! I respect every effort and any distance and 5k is The Distance in every book.

My first diabolically poor 90 sec run left me for dead and 5k seemed a distant mountain.

Then again, my marathon running friend calls my half marathon 'a medium run' lol, 'cause it's 'alf, innit'.

You can't please some people. ;)

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Mmm. Okay I'll let you off 🤗🤩

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Thank you..i feel lighter and my clothes are a bit loser but I guess the scales are getting binned

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Can't wait till I'm running longer ..am addicted lol

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It's amazing how those things evolve and how life changes and improves with running. If someone had told me, years ago in a pub, me with a pint and a fag, that I'd be a long distance runner in my mid fifties, l would have probably called the security.

Hang in there, enjoy yourself and you'll achieve!

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Sounds like me lol ty

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I don’t think exercise alone cuts it for losing weight. You need to reduce the amount of foods that you eat which are highly calorific. So, cheese, bread, chocolate, alcohol, any fizzy drinks that are full sugar versions, crisps, ready meals and cereals (loads of sugar in those). Even what seems to be super healthy can be high in calories, e.g. nuts, avocado. I do Slimming World and I’ve lost over half a stone doing that. But when I was being less careful about what I ate and yet running, the running itself didn’t do a darn bit of difference to my weight. I highly recommend joining a group like that. They are really friendly and give great advice as to what foods are filling and good for weight loss. It also means not faffing around trying to work it all out yourself and potentially cutting out stuff that is vital for good health from simply not knowing what you’re doing. And then keep running too - you will see the difference, I am sure :) Good luck :)

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Thank you for all the help

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To lose weight by running you need to be running for more than an hour.

A 30 minute workout just doesn't burn enough calories to significantly affect your weight. Healthy food does not make you lose weight either, if you are eating too much of it. Drinking a minimum of 2.5 to 3 litres of water each and every day can help weight loss and is essential to effective running.

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I can't wait till I'm running longer

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I recommend slimming world 👍🏽

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I Started this program last year primarily to lose weight and become fitter - but each week I stood on the scales I was gutted so disappointed and I even managed to gain couple of pounds 😢but my clothes were much looser and people commented I looked smaller and my body definitely felt different I persevered and once I completed C25K and continued with longer runs my weight on the scales dropped - 8 months later I’m just over 2 stone lighter and feel so healthy - like the lovely people on the forum say measure the inches- stick with it 😁😁😁

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That is good to know, well done. How far are you running? You're not a machine like mrrun are you?🤖🤖

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No I’m not a running machine only just managed to run my first 5k since graduating and that was hard work - I’m very slow a slow plodder - i joined fat club slimming world in jan and lose roughly pound a week and I try my hardest to make myself run (well plod) 5 k once a week and a couple of 20-25 min jogs - I feel it’s helped the weight loss finally - Keep doing doing what your doing and the weight loss will happen and you will feel so good xx

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I might give slimming world a go, I did 5:2 for about 3 years, that kept me pretty steady, but decided I could not run on it..

Thanks.😀

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It really works. I first did it back when I was in my late 20's - I'm now 53! First lost 2 stone & never put it back on until I got pregnant- then I put on 4.5 stone! Lost it again though by following the plan. Sorry - this isn't a diet forum but I would really recommend it - it's not a diet - it's more a healthy eating plan. Sorry - end of essay - as you can see I'm a big fan!

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Your so right I tried it before but your head needs to stop thinking diet it’s lifestyle changes and eating healthy eating lots of fresh produce , I don’t stop to all the meeting just weigh and go 😀. I have to say I feel C25K has helped really helped x

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I think exercise of any kind is great for keeping your weight down. I had to stop exercising last year while they investigated my headaches. I put on half a stone. Not a lot I know but I just can't shift it now. Once I've graduated & got used to running for 30 mins (never In My life!)I shall up my exercise at the gym. I'm easing into it gradually at the moment as I've now got the all clear from the Neurologist. I think that's why Slimming World works coz you don't actually give up any of the major food groups.

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Same here with the running .. i hated it.. but love it now ..and can't wait till run the full time

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That's what I wanted to hear lol ty ..oh I shall be there till I finish it

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I'm trying to lose weight too! Being a woman & in the menopause I'm prob not going to be the best help to you. I have lost 3lb so far - but last week i put a pound back on! I'm following the Slimming World plan which I've done for years on & off & it's always worked. I would say only weigh yourself once a week - always at the same time & preferably naked ( not if you're in public !)😂.

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Id be arrested lol ty for the advice

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It’s the menopause that messes up our bodies I put a good 2 stone on without overeating

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Tell me about it! I seem to have put padding on all over. Keep on running- we'll shift it eventually.

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I've combined C25k with a sensible eating plan using My Fitness Pal with their auto settings to lose 1lb per week. I've managed to shift a stone in 7 weeks but that immediate, fast weight loss is starting to slow down now. I had a terrible diet before though and despite previous slimming world success, I wanted to make a lifestyle change rather than just jumping onto another diet. Seems to be working so far and I'll hopefully complete week 4 of C25k this evening after having to redo a couple of runs. Keep it up, the scales might not show it but you are definitely getting stronger and fitter!

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I am sure you will finish week 4 the program is addictive you are so right it’s lifestyle change rather than a quick fix diet 😀

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Lots of good advice here. When I started the C25K I didn’t realise it would become the start of a complete lifestyle change! A change of diet, and have even started collecting healthy cook books, and this from someone whose gastronomic endeavours were limited to the likes of beans on toast! ;-)

Anyway, in the front of one of these books it tells you to throw away the scales, they have the power to demotivate you! “The most motivating tool you can use is taking progress pictures”

As Lagata says you’ll start to see and feel a difference before you notice a change in weight.

As for me, starting week 8, I now have the confidence to finally join a gym and work on building a little more strength and stamina to help with the running. Hopefully weight loss will follow, but I’m enjoying feeling better than I have in a long time!

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You are 100 percent about the scales .. I get depressed after I look at them lol ty

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Hi are you doing any exercise between runs?

But either way you will start to notice your clothes getting looser as you progress into the weeks as you are eating healthy. so don't stress about the scales (mine don't change for weeks on end) but my clothes are looser and I'm being told monthly by a few people I've lost weight so my body is changing even though scales are staying the same so looks like like you we are building muscle 👍

I do a fair bit of exercise between gym and walking and swimming as well as the runs 🏃

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Hi not doing anything between runs but resting lol I shall take your advice and maybe walk or swim a bit ..

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