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Losing inches but not lbs?

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BanjoStarz Thu 14-May-20 10:22:36

Has anyone/does anyone lose inches without any corresponding weight reduction?

I’ve been restricting calories (1200 a day) and exercising every other day for two weeks now - I’ve lost two inches on my waist, 1 inch on each thigh and half inch on each calf...the scales say exactly the same weight as they did two weeks agosad

I’m 5ft1 and 105kg so it’s not like I haven’t got a LOT to lose - so I was expecting some movement even just a kilo would be an encouragement.

I’ve put new batteries in the scales in case that was the problem but no change.

Is it possible at my weight and height to literally not lose anything weight wise?

I’m using MFP to calculate calories and it’s set mine at 1200 a day - is this too low (starvation mode? Is that a thing?)

Anyone got any advice?

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inshocks Thu 14-May-20 10:34:31

It's only been two weeks OP!

I recommend watching Jordan Syatt's fitness videos - he explains why this happens! There's a lot to do with water, salt, retention. If inches are falling off that's great!

It should be about how you look and feel, not what you weigh!

Spodge Thu 14-May-20 17:07:37

Assuming the aim of the game is to get smaller then you are doing well. Loss on the scales will follow. There's many reasons why you may lose inches and not weight. I myself have recently put on some weight but lost inches (deliberately - I am exercising to build muscle at present)

SnaccidentsHappen Thu 14-May-20 17:16:20

Your calories are far too low. I highly recommend you check out team rh fitness (I am a member but not affiliated in any other way). They have loads of very helpful videos and explain calorie deficits very well, and why you do not need to be as low as 1200 cals. I am 5,1 and 199lbs, so very overweight. I am on 1800 cals a day. I have only just started but you need to trust the process.

BanjoStarz Fri 15-May-20 19:03:56

Thanks all, I’m continuing with the exercise as I’m really enjoying being more active in general. I was just a bit disheartened when the scales said the same thing they did two weeks ago.

@SnaccidentsHappen I’ll check out team RH then - my fitness pal has given me 1200 calories a day which does seem low but i thought it was because I’m short!

Thanks All!

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BIWI Fri 15-May-20 19:06:44

This is a classic example of why the scales are not always right! If you're losing inches, then something is clearly working. It will mean that your clothes are fitting better too.

I'd guess that you're toning up. Muscle weighs the same as fat, but it's less dense, hence the loss of inches.

BIWI Fri 15-May-20 19:42:31

Sorry blush

"Muscle weighs the same as fat, but it's more dense, hence the loss of inches."

wastingtimeworrying Fri 15-May-20 21:50:07

I am in the same position. Am cutting down food portions and exercising every day. The scales arent moving at all and it's been weeks - but I feel a bit slimmer (wish I had taken some measurements to compare) I am almost 5ft 1 and weigh 8 st 8. My top half is slim but I still hate my thighs so am trying to swap between cardio and weight type sessions (like kettlebells to tone up) The problem is I think I look ok in clothes but feel lumpy without. Never show any flesh even in summer. I have a number I think I would be happy with (but if I reached it I would prob still not be satisfied)

wastingtimeworrying Fri 15-May-20 21:53:29

And I know half of this problem is in my head. I shouldn't skip meals and then have wine and chocolate. And I weigh every day - I am aware it's not a healthy attitude.

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