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Does It Take a While?


Hey all,

So I've been working out for about 2 weeks now. Some day to the point of total exhaustion (and tabata days I almost puke, god they suck). I have been eating healthy and have been keeping my protein high with lean red meats, salmon, and eggs. I?m keeping my fat cals at about 25% of my total cal intake because I?m trying to drop fat. And I?m estimating my total fat intake for the day is about 50g.

Due to info I found on the site I?m not starving my self, I?m trying to eat balanced meals with green vegis, meat, and good carbs like rice after workouts.

I was wondering though is there a gear up time for your metabolism? Before when I was trying to stick to about 1500 cals a day and about 20 ? 30g of fat I lost weight almost instantly, maybe 3 or 4 lbs the first week. I?ve been running a bit, and lifting 4 or 5 times a week for about 2 weeks and I haven?t really seen much weight loss.

I got a scale that measures body fat, and I haven?t really seen a steady drop there either. I know I?m eating right fish, lean red meat, eggs, etc. So again I was wondering if there is a warm up phase for your body to start effectively burning fat? I know my old way of dieting weren?t healthy, but that really all I knew so I?m not sure if it takes longer for the body to adjust this proper way of eating.

Hope this ramble made sense. Any one know about this? I don?t want to be discouraged but I?m a rather impatient person so I want to be sure every thing seems in line.

Thanks again


So you are an impatient person...

Could you please find the time anyway, to disclose one or two not entirely unimportant details like height, weight, gender, goals, you know something someone could actually work with?


My GODDNESS TWO whole weeks. By god you should be fready for the stage of this years Olympia in that amount of time. Your doing something drasticly wrong.

Honestly have patients, and Please do as the above post says. Give MORE info if you want help like a sample of your usual intake as well as w/os and your personal stats.

Thejn we may be able to actually help.

Just rememebr you should ONLY be losing 1-2 lbs a weekl. More tyahbn that and you risk losing a LOT of lean mass.

Come on back with the info.



My BF% went from 30 to 8 in my first two weeks of training, bench went from 90lbs to 450, and squat went from 150 to 800.

You must be doing something wrong.


Let's be a little nicer to those asking questions in the Beginner section, shall we...

Sounds like you're off to a decent start. The scale (including bodyfat measuring ones) is not an accurate assessment of your progress. Invest in some calipers and a tape measure. These will give you the most meaningful measurements to work with. Or take a lower-key approach and go by the mirror and how your clothes are fitting.

Since you want to lose fat, not weight, losing 1-2 lbs a week is ideal. Since you're new to this, you may find you both lose fat and gain muscle now that your eating well. This shows no change on the scale, but is a very, very good thing :slight_smile:

If you want specific feedback on your nutrition and workouts, post more info and people can help you tweak things. Honestly, patience is sometimes the hardest part of changing your body. Stick with it and you will reap the rewards. Good luck!


Thanks for all the info. I do know it takes time so I'm not worried to much. I guess I just saw just huge drops in weight when I was on my low cal diet I was unsure of how much I could expect to loose in a more healthy fashion. Basiclly I just wanted a little reassurance I wasn't doing something out of wack. = )

I would actually be very happy if I could loose 2lbs of fat each week and gain some muscle in the process. That's what I'm shooting for. I would like to loose about 20 - 25lbs of fat by the new year and put on some more muscle mass. Again thanks all for the feedback.


Again, you have to give us more info than that if we're going to help you. 1800 calories is not very much at all. I can eat that much in two clean meals if I want. We need your height, weight, gender (yes, this makes a difference), goals, training history, macro breakdown, etc. Are you keeping a food log? The more details you can give us, the better we can help you. Be very specific. Long posts are ok.


I am 27 male. I'm currently floating around 200lbs. What I'm trying to do is build strength and have good abs. I've started doing takatas (ugg) they suck, and working out 4 or 5 days a week. Calipers say I'm 24% BF, the evil BF scale says I'm about 30% (I'm hoping the calipers are more accurate). I'm not trying to get huge just lean with nice abbs.


To answer the question you posed in the thread title: Yes, it does take a while.

Secondly, if you're a 200lb male you should be eating more than 1500 calories a day. Upping your calorie intake to 2000 a day might be beneficial. At 200lbs you'd probably burn nearly 1500 calories just lounging around all day. Incresing your caloric intake from 1500 to 200 shouldn't cause you any problems provided you make sure that the food which makes up that extra 500 calories is healthy and low in fat.

Other than that, I think you're on the right track. Just remember that success in the gym doesn't happen overnight and prepare yourself for the long haul. Good luck!