I am a 45 year old man and I have worked out regularly for about 25 years, so I am pretty fit but still softer in the middle than I want to be. I started the BFL program two weeks ago and lost almost an inch off of my waist the first week, but this week nothing at all. My first instinct is to work out harder and add more cardio, but I have read on the forum that too much exercise is counterproductive. Is it natural to get great results followed by nothing, or should I be modifying my diet/exercise? At the end of week three I want to be sure to see my waist decrease. I could not care less about my weight at this point. Thanks.
Good work so far, don't get discouraged (still not very far into the challenge, change is a comin). Read this, it really helps with the program. It will break down what your body needs and how it responds. If you read this WHOLE site and still have concerns then repost. http://www.hussmanfitness.org/
Two weeks in and ten left to go...I wouldn't give it a second thought. I, like you, was in decent shape to begin with, and didn't see noticeable changes until weeks 8-12. So many people want instant gratification, and want it all to come so easily. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither is the perfect body. I say give it the full 12 weeks, following the program to the letter. If at the end of that time, you feel there are changes to be made, make them then. I guarantee that if you follow the program, and not add anything more to it, you will be satisfied when you complete your challenge. I am not being mean, just offering a little tough love. Hang in there; the changes will happen on the inside first.
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I noticed similiar results. It seems that the area that is most troublesome takes the longest to go down. I lost inches on my thighs in the first few weeks and then for the next several weeks they didn't budge at all...this has always been my trouble spot no matter how low my weight dropped. Last week was the beginning of week 7 and they are going down in size again. Even when they were not shrinking, I noticed a huge difference in how tight they felt. Give it time. There is a reason this program is 12 weeks and not 4 or 8.
Thanks to everyone for the information and encouragement. This is the first time I have seriously modified my diet (always just worked out harder to justify eating whatever I wanted). It sounds like I cannot expect the results to be linear and orderly, I just need to stay with the program and the results will come when my body is ready to shed fat.
Eat by the rules, work out by the rules, and you will get results. Dunno if you've read the book or not, but if not, I do suggest it highly. Our bodies change, so you lost an inch, then you didnt, no bigge. You cant ALWAYS lose inches / pounds or you would disappear!!
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