Our expert says:
The reasons it doesn't work right away are numerous. First, when you start training, you actually gain mass in the form of muscle and then blood. Literally, your body makes more blood, so you can expect to gain weight. Also, as you put on muscle, it is obvious that your weight should go up. The fact that it doesn't means you are losing elsewhere, which is a good sign.
Then, the next problem is that people starting out often train at quite a low intensity. That's natural of course, you shouldn't force it higher, but the problem is that you don't burn as many calories when you train at a low intensity. For example, if you walk for 30 minutes, you burn only half the calories you would if you ran for 30 minutes. That means that as you get fitter, you'll lose more weight (in theory, anyway). So that's why I always suggest that people should focus on fitness - if you can get fitter, the training is working and you'll see results in due course.
Third reason - often people start eating more when they start training. Not on purpose, but just small changes because suddenly you're a little hungrier than before. So it's really important that you eat well. I don't think that an energy restricted plan is the way to go either - the body is too clever for that and if you are not careful then you will actuall prevent weight loss by eating too little. You will also struggle to get fitter, because you need energy. I think this is very important, and you should see a dietician about if it possible.
I think you're on the right track. I know it's tough at first, but it will come in time. We can't predict how fast people respond to training, it differs for everyone. But just keep it going, and you'll get fitter, and then you will start to see progress.
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