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My first week and only 2lbs down :( Pics

I see that many of you (and others online) lose somewhere from 4-7 pounds on the first week. Today is my cheat day, I haven't actually started it yet. I weighed myself everyday this week. I started on Sunday. So from Sunday to Tuesday, I went from 165 to 163. Then on Thursday I was 164.8 pounds. Today, Saturday, I'm at 163.7 pounds. I'm pretty sure I was doing this right! I didn't have ANY dairy or sugar or artificial sweetners. Here's what my typical meals looked like:

Breakfast: Noon

3-4 egg whites

1 boiled egg

Black beans


Black Coffee with 1 tsp of cinnamon (only 2-3 days this week)

Lunch: 5-5:30pm

Chicken thigh with lemon seasoning (cooked on stove top with olive oil and very little butter)

Black beans


Salad (with mustard and olive oil mixture) or frozen spinach (with a little lemon juice)

Dinner: 9pm

Chicken breast (with lemon seasoning)

Black or pinto beans

1 hard boiled egg

Salad or spinach

Note: I go to sleep pretty late every day, hence the noon breakfast.


I didn't workout at all (basically sat on my butt all week, not going to lie). I drank water, maybe not as much as I should. My body's not used to the amount of water that needs to be consumed. I would have around 3-6 bottles (1 pint/bottle). I would also have a few glasses of ice water in between the bottles.

I've been seaching tips and such all week on this site and others with people who had similar meals but they've lost so much more. I don' t understand why mine was only 2 pounds! I've been on this diet for the last 6 days and I was excited about starting it, now I'm super discouraged and frustrated. Did I perhaps have too many beans? And how did I gain that pound by Thursday?? It makes no sense!



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Way too soon to get discouraged. The loss will come, trust me. I lost very little in the first week, my weight went up and down and up and down. After the first week or two, down down down down. Keep at it and be as strict as you can about conforming to the book. Exercise helps, even the short pre/post meal routine Tim describes. What is your goal? How tall are you, and what type of frame do you have? You may be utilizing the wrong part of the book, doing scd when LM or OP might better suit you.

  • Dmayoff Mayoff commented Oct 29th 2012:

    Same deal with me...very little for the first 3 weeks in fact...then it started to move down

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Stop worrying, and relax. You're doing fine. Results on the scale only are not the only results to pay attention to. How do your pants fit? How do you feel? Have you lost any inches? Do you know your body fat %?

Give yourself until next cheat day morning to weight yourself again. The daily weight fluctuations are water weight. Some people lose faster then others. I feel if I can make progress each week, no matter how small, I'm going to be happy in the long run.

Down 22 pounds by the new year would be incredible!

  • Alyson Stinson Dopfer commented Oct 29th 2012:

    2 lbsDOWN you say??? WELL DONE! A loss is a loss, thats how i look at it! <3


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You lost weigh you won!

Next week you lose more weight you win again!


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A good rule of thumb: drink lots and lots of water (I try to consume at the very least a gallon a day). Eat within 30 minutes of waking. Get at least 30 grams of protein for breakfast. And eat every 4 hours. So....if you get up at 12 noon you're meal schedule should look something like:

12:30 breakfast

4:30 lunch

8:30 lunch #2 (lite)

12:30 dinner

make sure your salsa doesn't have any added sugar and try consume 3/4 to 1 cup of beans at every meal (sounds like a lot of food but you need it to work)

Don't get discouraged.......just keep on keeping on!

Hope this helps ---


4 weeks - 12 pounds

  • wombat commented Oct 30th 2012:

    That is a lot of beans- I'd go with 1/2 cup a meal.

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