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I have lost only 5lbs in 3 weeks. I am a little frustrated, I would have at least hoped for 2lbs per week. I have even been exercising 45mins 4-5days a week. I have not cheated, I have eaten all the veggies (I don't really like veggies), I have turned down pizza, birthday cake, etc... I have done so good, just having a down moment. I will stick with it for the 10 weeks (even during my kids spring break & easter when while we are going away), but wish the results would be better. I was hoping to lose 20lbs in the 10 weeks, but I guess that won't happen...

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Your question was: Frustrated with Nutrisystem results?.

Stay positive. Everyone loses at a different rate. I know it's not as much as you would like, but you're still losing and think of the benefits for your health. Hang in there. It will come....or go, if that's how you want to look at it if you stay with the plan. It sounds like you are doing great doing just that. Remember to drink plenty of water, it really makes a big difference...

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I just need to take it one day at a time and know I am doing the right things & be positive...

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I know how you feel, I just passed my 3 week mark too... and I've only lost 4lbs. It's the most expensive 4lbs I've ever lost... shoot, even when I was taking phentermine it didn't cost as much as I've spent on NS...

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Exactly. Patience is an important part of this. Had a friend tell me she lost 13 pounds in three weeks by eating 600 calories a day She's gonna be sorrrrry!!! You're doing the right things. Just stay with it!..

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One important thing is to watch your calories. It is very important to do. I'm at 2lbs per week but I do log everything online in the overview on my page...

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Did you gain the 20 pounds in ten weeks?.

Hey, welcome to NS! 5 months later I am down 20 took me about as many years to gain that 20 pounds so I am thrilled! I now fit in my size tens...(yes, I kept my old jeans!) and I could not be happier. Weight will come off in it's own will fluctuate, you will stall out for a few weeks as your body adjusts to the weight loss,etc..

"dear Abbey" once wrote in her column...something to the effect of if you did or not choose to do something, the time would still pass. (I will have to look it up). Anyway..this message was the reason I went back to College in my 30s and finished my degree. I would have turned 40 "with or without" the degree either way. I chose to go back to night school and get that degree..

(I am now 52 and not regrets about that decision!). I earned my BS @ 36..

SO, where would your weight be w/o NS? 5 pounds lighter? ...maybe not! Embrace that 5 pounds and keep on will see many threads about this situation. It is not uncommon to stall etc. I have stayed the same weight for up to a month and then one morning..surprise!!.


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Kat, I was looking at your weight loss ticker..I think it takes more time for people like us who do not have 50 pounds or more to lose. The weight will come off..slowly but surely. I started in Oct 09 @ 155 and am now 135..


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Hello there~.

Everyone already gave you wonderful advice so I will join in and say, just stick with it........figure this, be glad it's 5 pounds down and not the other way...find even the smallest things to be happy the first week, I GAINED 2 pounds so that wasn't fun but then I went on to lose lots more!!!.

Keep at it, it does work ;o)..

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We all, myself very much included, pay "weigh" too much attention to a silly number on a silly scale! Forget that number for a second. How do you feel? Are your kids and your husband eating a little healthier because you have fruits and vegetables in the house? How does it feel each time you pass up that birthday cake, girl scout cookie, etc.?.

That is what you need to focus on...and when I say you, I mean me too! This time, after fighting my weight my entire adult life, I think I finally truly grasp the concept that this is a lifestyle change, not a diet. Try not to look at it as a 10 week thing...know that you will continue to eat healthier after that 10 weeks is up, albeit without Nutrisystem foods.

A little more of your plate filled with vegetables...keep trying, I'm sure you will find vegetables you love when prepared in a new way....have fruit for dessert instead of cake...pretend you're in Paris! Park a little further from the door. Those little tiny changes will help to keep those pounds off, and to be a happier, healthier you! And, perhaps even more importantly, it will teach your children healthy eating habits.

Enjoy Spring Break!!..

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This is an article that PamSB has posted frequently, and there are some things in it to keep in mind when you're frustrated with the scale.

Why Scales Lie by Renee Cloe, ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

Weve been told over and over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us cant resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just cant bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that influence its readings. From water retention to glycogen storage and changes in lean body mass, daily weight fluctuations are normal. They are not indicators of your success or failure. Once you understand how these mechanisms work, you can free yourself from the daily battle with the bathroom scale.

Water makes up about 60% of total body mass. Normal fluctuations in the bodys water content can send scale-watchers into a tailspin if they dont understand whats happening. Two factors influencing water retention are water consumption and salt intake. Strange as it sounds, the less water you drink, the more of it your body retains. If you are even slightly dehydrated your body will hang onto its water supplies with a vengeance, possibly causing the number on the scale to inch upward. The solution is to drink plenty of water.

Excess salt (sodium) can also play a big role in water retention. A single teaspoon of salt contains over 2,000 mg of sodium. Generally, we should only eat between 1,000 and 3,000 mg of sodium a day, so its easy to go overboard. Sodium is a sneaky substance. You would expect it to be most highly concentrated in salty chips, nuts, and crackers. However, a food doesnt have to taste salty to be loaded with sodium.

The more highly processed a food is, the more likely it is to have a high sodium content. Thats why, when it comes to eating, its wise to stick mainly to the basics: fruits, vegetables, lean meat, beans, and whole grains. Be sure to read the labels on canned foods, boxed mixes, and frozen dinners.

Women may also retain several pounds of water prior to menstruation. This is very common and the weight will likely disappear as quickly as it arrives. Pre-menstrual water-weight gain can be minimized by drinking plenty of water, maintaining an exercise program, and keeping high-sodium processed foods to a minimum.

Another factor that can influence the scale is glycogen. Think of glycogen as a fuel tank full of stored carbohydrate. Some glycogen is stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This energy reserve weighs more than a pound and its packaged with 3-4 pounds of water when its stored. Your glycogen supply will shrink during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates. As the glycogen supply shrinks you will experience a small imperceptible increase in appetite and your body will restore this fuel reserve along with its associated water.

These fluctuations have nothing to do with fat loss, although they can make for some unnecessarily dramatic weigh-ins if youre prone to obsessing over the number on the scale.

Otherwise rational people also tend to forget about the actual weight of the food they eat. For this reason, its wise to weigh yourself first thing in the morning before youve had anything to eat or drink. Swallowing a bunch of food before you step on the scale is no different than putting a bunch of rocks in your pocket. The 5 pounds that you gain right after a huge dinner is not fat. Its the actual weight of everything youve had to eat and drink. The added weight of the meal will be gone several hours later when youve finished digesting it.

Exercise physiologists tell us that in order to store one pound of fat, you need to eat 3,500 calories more than your body is able to burn. In other words, to actually store the above dinner as 5 pounds of fat, it would have to contain a whopping 17,500 calories. This is not likely, in fact its not humanly possible. So when the scale goes up 3 or 4 pounds overnight, rest easy, its likely to be water, glycogen, and the weight of your dinner. Keep in mind that the 3,500 calorie rule works in reverse also. In order to lose one pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in.

When you follow a very low calorie diet that causes your weight to drop 10 pounds in 7 days, its physically impossible for all of that to be fat. What youre really losing is water, glycogen, and muscle.

This brings us to the scales sneakiest attribute. It doesnt just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, internal organs and all. When you lose "weight," that doesnt necessarily mean that youve lost fat. In fact, the scale has no way of telling you what youve lost (or gained). Losing muscle is nothing to celebrate.

The more muscle you have the more calories your body burns, even when youre just sitting around. Thats one reason why a fit, active person is able to eat considerably more food than the dieter who is unwittingly destroying muscle tissue.

Robin Landis, author of "Body Fueling," compares fat and muscles to feathers and gold. One pound of fat is like a big fluffy, lumpy bunch of feathers, and one pound of muscle is small and valuable like a piece of gold. Obviously, you want to lose the dumpy, bulky feathers and keep the sleek beautiful gold. The problem with the scale is that it doesnt differentiate between the two. It cant tell you how much of your total body weight is lean tissue and how much is fat. There are several other measuring techniques that can accomplish this, although they vary in convenience, accuracy, and cost.

If the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently zapped just doesnt appeal to you, dont worry. The best measurement tool of all turns out to be your very own eyes. How do you look? How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are your rings looser? Do your muscles feel firmer? These are the true measurements of success. If you are exercising and eating right, dont be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. Expect them to happen and take them in stride. Its a matter of mind over scale...

Comment #10

Hey CalypsoSabrina!.

5lbs is a great loss! Look at it this way, if in the next 6 weeks you lose 10 more pounds, your total loss would be 15 pounds! Not too shabby, huh?.

It's hard, yes, but, that's 5lbs your not carrying around! Congrats!.

Good Luck!..

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