Discouraged By Slow Weight Loss

I think my record for losing weight in one week was 16 pounds. That was about 2-3 years ago. I was in the first week of the Atkins diet and I was losing over 2 pounds per day. The following week I dropped another 5 pounds. 21 pounds in 2 weeks! While some people may say “that’s not healthy,” or that I just lost a lot of water weight, I wasn’t much heavier than I was when I started weight watchers over a month ago.

But, it does get a bit discouraging when I have only lost 4 pounds since February 19th. I know, 4 pounds off is better than 4 pounds on, but it seems that if I am following my points like I should, exercising my butt off, that I should have seen about twice that in that same period of time.  I am fairly discouraged, but let me give you my theory on this.

I have started and stopped so many diets in the last few years. I have started and stopped weight watchers twice. I have started and stopped Atkins about a dozen times or more. I have started and stopped the “I can make you thin” diet by Paul McKenna twice. I tried Nutrisystem for 3 days… yuck, and two different infomerical diets. So, if you add all that up, I had become a chronic “start and stop” or “yo-yo diet” person over the last few years.

Here is my theory. Most of the times with these diets I would lose 10-15 pounds… or as much as 35 on the Atkins diet a few years back. I don’t have a scientific term for this, but I believe my body has built up a resistance to losing weight when I hit the low 270′s. That is about the time I quit every time in the past. It seems that I have the threshold or barrier that I hit up against and hit up against and hit up against, but cannot break through.

Coupled together with a slowing metabolism and a sedentary lifestyle, my body seems to fight me at this point not to lose weight. It has a memory from the last 2 dozen attempts that this is where I quit.

I’m not sure if you’ve ever been there, but it is disheartening and discouraging. However, the one thing (seriously… the one thing) I am doing different this time than in ALL those other attempts in the past is I am exercising. I have never exercised like I am now. Today I walked 5.4 miles and did 30 minutes of Bowflex. I walked 5.4 miles on Tuesday as well. I have a goal of starting to run on April 1st, followed by entering some 5K races in May and June.

I am hoping that the combination of being consistent with Weight Watchers (which I am still convinced is the best alternative of all those out there), along with increasing in exercise, that I break through this barrier. My brain and body are going to have to create a new memory point. Kind of like it takes some time to unlearn/learn/create a old/new habit. I also feel that with the consistent exercising, my metabolism will increase and will help with the weight loss. I’m not a doctor, but I think I have a better clue than many of them.

Anyway, that’s one more reason I started this blog… so I can’t quit. I’m putting it out there. And, even if it is just my wife and I reading this thing, it is keeping me accountable to the commitment I made. I will continue on and press toward the goal of still dropping 2 pounds this week.

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6 Responses to “Discouraged By Slow Weight Loss”

  1. Kim says:

    I got a little bit discouraged at first too with the losing 2 pounds a week idea. I did stick with it and I lost 46 pounds over 7 months. Sounds like a long time when you compare it to Biggest Loser but during that time my eating habits became just that, habits. After having my second baby I am back at my WW meetings to get the baby weight back off because I know the system really works. Keep with it, I really believe that taking that long to lose the pounds actually helped to change my mind set and lifestyle.

  2. Safari Rich says:

    Kim, thanks for the encouragement. Sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture when you’re going through things day by day. I know that when I look back, all those 1 and 2 pound weight loss weeks will add up, and even the weeks with no weight loss. Just trying to stay focused.

    Thanks again! I see my habits changing as well. I had a hard time eating my whole supper tonight, a meal that I would have easily put down about 2 months ago.

  3. Maggie says:

    I’m in my third month of WW and feel a bit discouraged since I’ve only lost 16 lbs. I’m not using all of my points (and rarely touch the weekly points) and am hitting the gym at least three times/week – Zumba, treadmill, stationary bike, weights. It’s very discouraging, but when I read blogs like yours, I feel like I’ll stick with it. I’m not averaging the 2 lbs per week like a lot of folks, but I’m over 55, post menopause, and somewhat restricted due to a hip replacement 2 years ago and back surgery 5 years ago. At times I’m convinced I should be losing the weight a little bit faster – especially when I watch my “fat girl” shows like the Biggest Loser and the new one, Heavy, and they’re losing significant amounts. I’ve got at least 45 lbs. to go, ugh. I went looking for similar stories of folks who might be discouraged with WW and found your blog. Thanks for posting.

  4. Safari Rich says:

    Maggie, thanks for taking the time to write. I don’t know all of the reasons for hitting plateaus and not losing weight. I wish I did. I’ve started losing again, and there are 4 things that I think have helped me: 1) Doing a colon cleanse, 2) Eating all throughout the day (I have a lot of food in my “Anytime” section on my Plan Manager), 3) Using my Weekly Points for a ‘splurge’ time, and 4) stepping up my exercising.

    That’s what I’ve done and it’s worked for me. I try not to do the same routine with my exercise and eating over and over again so my body can’t adjust to it. Eating all throughout the day keeps your metabolism going steady instead of spiking and dropping between meals. The colon cleanse just got rid of stuff…

    I would suggest contacting WW or going to a local meeting and talk face to face with someone there who has gone thru the plateau and has made it past… or go on the WW forum and see what someone else has done.

    Anyway, thanks again for sharing, and I sure wish you the best… especially after 2 surgeries.

    God bless,


  5. Faith Marn says:

    Such an encouraging blog. I too am a ww member. And I totally agree with you that ww is the most “real life” way of eating but its not super fast – thus why its the most balanced way of eating.

    But I found it so encouraging what you said about memory weight. I have been following my diet on points but I have not moved at all in the last couple of weeks, guess what! Its the weight I always quit at! So thanks – how have you been doing now? its’ june. I’ll check your other blogs.

  6. Safari Rich says:

    BTW, that is not me in the photo above sitting on the beach :-)

    Faith, I hope you’re doing well and have been able to keep on moving forward in your weight loss.

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