How long until I see results?
A month ago, I started lifting weights, eating 5 meals, and doing HIIT. I think Iâ€™ve gotten the hang of the entire combination, I feel great, I feel stronger, Iâ€™ve increased weights, etc. Iâ€™m even enjoying it! But when do you start to see results?
I’m so happy to hear you have found a great plan and one you enjoy. Yay!!!!!! Keep it up!
“When will I see results?” I think this is the biggest question we all have when we start a new plan. It was mine. I also know in the past I’d give up because I wasn’t seeing them fast enough. Two weeks..no changes..I quit. I wish I had the exact answer to this question. Everybody’s body is different so people see results at different rates. Generally speaking, if you are challenging yourself every workout and your nutrition is spot on you should start to see some small changes around 3-6 weeks. Most people can see major changes between 12-16 weeks if they are consistent with a challenging plan. My advice, to anyone anxiously waiting to see changes, would be stay consistent and be patient. Take pictures and measurements. If you are lifting you will most likely not see huge changes in the scale and can easily get discouraged. I remember not seeing or feeling like I had changed until I saw the pictures and could compare. When I’d get down on myself I’d look at my pictures to remind myself of where I had come from. I’d suggest taking pictures every 4-6 weeks. A lot of times the results are there we just don’t see them when we look in the mirror. Measurements help too. My first photos are about 2 months apart and the rest of them are each about 4 weeks apart. You can see with time that the changes are still happening just not as obvious.
Wherever you are in your program don’t give up. If it’s been 6 weeks or more and you are not seeing any changes in your pictures (don’t trust your memory) then maybe it’s time to ask yourself some questions. Are you really pushing yourself during your workouts? Is your nutrition as good as it could be? If it’s only been a few weeks then keep being consistent and give yourself some more time.
I’d love to hear back from any of you. How long before you started seeing changes. Do you track your progress. If so do you prefer pictures, measurements, BF%, or (whispered) the scale?
Have a great weekend.