Women wait until week 5!
Today I officially made the 30 day mark on the plan. As I am finishing up my fifth week, I wanted to reply and add some encouragement, because the last two weeks I have been discouraged, but now am excited again. I understand that Tim says the program kicks in for women between week 4 and 5.
I am a 52 year old women, 5'1". My starting weight was 122.8 lbs. with 31.6% body fat. (measured by a tanita scale) I am very small framed and carry all my weight in my stomach and butt. Initially I wanted to lose 15 lbs, but after reading the book and taking "before" pics. I realized how deceiving the scale can be. I have managed my weight for years by the number on the scale. I was comfortable between 115 to 120. When I would creep up to 120 (regularly) I would pretty much starve myself, take diet pills and get it in line. I now realize that is probably the reason for the high % of body fat, I was starving myself and my body stored fat.(Very obvious when I looked at the picture of my butt) My adjusted goal was try to ignore the scale, and concentrate on decreasing body fat....I have a goal to get under 20%.
First two weeks on the plan went great, wasn't hungry, felt healthy and was down 6 pounds and 1.2% body fat. Week three I did not get back to my pre-cheat day weight, and by week four was up a pound.
This last week I re-read the portions of the book and comments from this site. I was discouraged, but wanted to give it at least 6 weeks. Didn't really tweek the plan, but was more disciplined about drinking water and getting enough protein and bean.
Today I am very encouraged. I am down 10.6 lbs at 112.2 and at 28% BF. Still not happy with the BF number, (or the way my butt looks,) but I am excited about the fifth week results and hoping to do as well in the 6th week. Ironically before I started this plan, I would have been happy about 112 lbs. Guess there is real value in looking at yourself in a bathing suit from behind, to realize no matter what the scale says fat is ugly.
Hang in there...there may be some truth in the plan working for women in the 4-6 week range.
31.6 % BF
After 5th week
112.2 lbs -10.6 lb
128.2% BF - 3.3%
28.5" Waist - 3.5"
35" Hips - 2.5"
No noticeable changes in arms or thighs, but then again I don't carry weight there.
Thanks for this forum, without it I would have given up the first time the scale stopped going down or definitely when it went up.
no "answer" just a comment - congratulations! your numbers are similar to mine, and we share the very petite frame, which can be so tough when trying to diet. i have actually never really dieted in my life, i was always slim and reasonably fit, but since having a child 5 years ago, 8-10 lbs stayed on, and i have been really dismayed to see how much of that weight is pure FAT. my goals are - significant body fat % reduction, cholesterol reduction, and weight loss, in that order. keep posting - it's inspirational!
I am 70 lbs overweight and have gained 1.5 lbs in the two weeks I have been following the plan. Your email is encouraging but worry I am doing something wrong. Do you have to eat beans or can you substitue other protein dishes. Also, how much vegetables do I need to eat and finally can you tell me about the lemon water. I don't recall seeing this in the book.
OMG, thank you for posting this. I'm rounding up week 3 with a cheat day tomorrow, and to my eye (and to my clothes) I'm seeing no results yet. I just got a digital scale so I'm weighing in every morning and the number does not change. I'm ordering an orbitape and calipers so I have more information to go on besides just my weight. I've been growing more and more discouraged, but I just refuse to give up on this.
I've had a history of losing weight in the most dangerous ways -- it's the only way I truly feel safe and secure that the weight will come off. I bit the bullet and got bodpodded this week and my bodyfat was a whopping 37.3%. I know my body was hanging onto any fat it could while I was starving myself, and then, once I recovered and began eating with reckless abandon, I think I just started packing on more bodyfat.
I'm thinking about trying more of a fat-minimal carb refeed tomorrow rather than a full-on cheat day. I'm noticing that my body retains all my cheat day bloat until like the day before my next cheat day.
Also, as an experiment, I wanted to see how well this diet would work without much exercise (mainly because I hate to exercise -- I know, it's disgusting, but I've always been this way), but I don't know how much longer I can hold on without seeing some results so I start weight training next week.
Anyway, thanks again for this encouraging post, I really needed it today.
thank you for the post, I read the book, but don't remember seeing that it takes 4-6 weeks for it to kick in for women, I just finished the 5th week and haven't lost any weight, although I have lost inches and people say I look thinner. It's depressing working so hard and not seeing scale results or significant results in bathing suit pictures, I told myself it just takes time, but now that I have this piece of info, I'll try it another couple of weeks before calling quits.
Also no answer, but congrats! I am just finishing up my 5th week and I absolutely love this diet! I'm down about 10 lbs and the same number of inches! What's almost more exciting for me is that I can feel the difference! I feel great, and when I put my hands on my hips I can actually feel my muscles now instead of just the cushy fat padding. Same with shaving my legs; I can feel so much more muscle in my thighs now that the cellulite is jumping ship. Stick with it, this is great, and I've never felt better!
I am at week 14, 51 year old female and I have not cheated one time. I have lost 49 pounds, but have had 3 weeks when I lost no weight at all. I get very discouraged as I am doing this with my husband who has flew past me by 30 pounds in the same amount of time. I know I do not have as much weight to loose as he does, and I know men loose weight faster than women, however, it really is disheartening to step on those scales and see the same weight as the week before.
Water, I know I do not drink as much as I should, but I LOVE coffee. Once I start with a cup of joe I really struggle to fill that water glass up.
I will say this. I have not felt this good in a very long time. I love this plan, I think it is the right one for me, but I really wish I could have another BIG week every so often.
Don't give up, and don't become a prisoner to the scale. My son reminds me of this when I have a no loss week. Get the tape out, that will put a smile on your face for sure!
Thanks for sharing! I wasn't aware of the 4-6 week results for women. I am on Day 24 and while I've lost -6.2lbs since my last cheat day morning (definitely proud of).. I am slightly discouraged how long it takes to get back to the lowest weight and then only -0.5lb the following cheat day. Definitely sticking with it because my energy and mood have improved greatly and I dont find it a hard plan to stick with as long as I plan out meals. Also, I have no cravings and love that.
Congratulations and THANK YOU! I got super discouraged recently after the past few weeks, not losing after cheat day one week and then going up one pound this week (Cheat day is tomorrow).
Hearing that I am not the only one that has gone through this makes me feel so much better. And I'm determined to break my unhealthiest habit--daily weighings! Thursday night left me with a "what's the point??" Feeling that almost led to a a major cheat, but luckily I didn't! I hope to see the same great results
Thank you for your post!
I am in the middle of week 2, and despite drinking lots of lemon water, exercising and eating perfectly, my day to day weight/measurments do not change.
It does feel slightly discouraging, especially since when i was on weight watchers i was losing weight every day.
HOWEVER, this is the happiest and fittest i have felt in my life, even though I am 70lbs overweight and am technically obese. I can only assume that I am increasing my muscle mass as aerobic and resistance exercises are becoming increasingly easier.
So, like other women I am looking forward to week 4/5!
Thankyou for reminding me to keep on the straight road!
I also don't have a lot of weight to lose. I am 5'5" and started on June 1 at 136 lbs. Yesterday morning before my cheat day I was 131. My progress has been very very slow and I have been following this diet perfectly except for one extra cup of coffee with cream per day. I am starting my 4th month on Sept 1 so this week I am evaluating what else could be slowing my weight down. I cut out the avocados two weeks ago and found a few pounds fell off but now I have slowed again. I will do my investigations and hopefully learn what to cut out or reduce. I think maybe pork and the beans....wish me luck.
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