Do you often know when you're losing weight?

@CRSunrise (2982)
United States
December 2, 2008 2:52pm CST
Does anyone really know when they're losing weight? I found I lost 5 pounds when I had to go to the doctor for something else earlier this year, and I was like, "I did? How did that happen?" The only way it happened was I went back to work and was getting more exercise. This is the first job I had that had a benefit that I actually enjoy...being able to fit into a size I haven't been in since High School. I've almost 30 pounds.
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@kykidd (6818)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I can tell when I'm losing weight, but it is only because my pants get baggier than they normally are. Then again, I do think I feel a little more fit when I first start losing. Then there's the times when you are trying to lose weight and your pants are getting baggier, but you aren't losing any weight. I think that is because sometiimes we get a really physical and we gain muscle. And even though we're losing fat, we're not losing any weight. Thanks for starting this discussion, and have a great day!
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@CRSunrise (2982)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Now, I did notice the weight loss when I started going down in pants size. I went from a 22/24 to a 18. I haven't been an 18 since I was in high school, maybe a sophomore or junior, I'm not sure. It's just that when I look at myself, I see me as I've always seen me. I don't "SEE" the weight loss. Does that make any sense?
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• United States
2 Dec 08
With a fluctuation I usually can't tell if it's 3-5 pounds. Women can do that in one day. However, I can tell a difference when it starts to get about 8+ pounds weight loss. They say that it takes 8 pounds to lose a pant size..makes sense to me because that's when your pants start getting saggy!
@CRSunrise (2982)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Well, I'm reading for another 8 pound weight loss. LOL I would love to be in a 16 by my birthday. That does give me two more months.
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@CRSunrise (2982)
• United States
3 Dec 08
You don't happen to know how many calories are in a pound? Do you?
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• United States
3 Dec 08
Hi CRSunrise, I actually do know how many calories are in a pound.. it's 3500 calories. Actually, I'm currently obtaining my second degree in nutrition and will be a registered dietitian by next august! I can definitely help you if your nutritional needs if you'd like. Anyway, healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week. So you will be able to lose another 8 pounds by your goal of two months. Basically what we try to tell clients and patients is if you can decrease your calories by 250 calories a day.. and increase your exercise to burning off 250 more calories than what is normal for you.. ta da.. you will loss a pound a week! I hope that helps to get you started. Please let me know if you have anymore questions, and you can personal message me if you'd like.
@riyasam (16567)
• India
20 Dec 08
you are right in saying that.i seem to notice more ,when i am gaining than the other way round.it maybe because we are trying hard to lose weight that we tend not to notice ,we are actually losing weight. merry christmas and happy new year.
@sameroad (3180)
• United States
20 Dec 08
congrats! i can tell when i'm losing weight usually... but only because my pants start feeling looser on me... and i can sometimes tell by looking at my face neck area and my shoulders.. the bones will show more around that area when i start losing more weight... i'm not trying to lose weight anymore though... i lost a bunch now i am just maintaining my weight but sometimes i will drop a couple of pounds... but i gain it back.. it happen monthly usually.. i think it has something to do with my monthly girl thingy lol because i get so hungry around that time of them month and i just eat and eat... then after its over.. i get really un-hungry and i go a couple of days without eating as much as i usually do.. and then i always feel and my clothes fit me like i've lost 5-7lbs.. its weird