Just adding to Archimedes post, one of the fringe benefits to eating healthier is that for many people it also leads to a lower sodium (ie. salt) intake. Less sodium = less retained water. And as your body lets go of this water, it can lead to some pretty dramatic drops in the initial weeks.
While this is water weight, take it as a win anyway, as less sodium reduces blood pressure and that's good for your heart health.
The other thing is that 1-2 lbs a week is actually a pretty crude guideline. A better estimate is to 3% of the weight you have to lose. While for most people this translates to 1-2 lbs per week, if you have 200 lbs to lose, it represents 6 lbs per week. (As you approach your goal weight, and have 100 lbs remaining to lose, the 3% would represent 3 lbs per week.
for your weight that is normal........and by the way "CONGRATS" on the weight loss.
2/1/14 4:43 P
That is a large number for 11 days but you have a lot to lose so it's not unreasonable. It's unlikely to continue on that trend as you adjust to eating less and exercising.
ARCHIMEDESII - although you response is completely correct, must you insist on classifying people's obesity? Although it is a medical terminology, it may sting to hear someone else use the term to describe you outside of a medical setting.
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2/1/14 3:45 P
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Because you are morbidly obese, seeing a huge initial drop like that is not unusual. a loss that substantial in a two week period is primarily water weight. Most people don't realize how much water their body can hold onto. So, when they decide to lose weight, the first big drop tends to be a shedding of excess water.
As your body adapts to the new routine, your loss will start to slow down and come in line with that 1-2 pound weekly loss. Thus the reason you can't beat yourself up when your loss does slow down over the next few weeks.
Because there will be weeks you don't lose and that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. Weight loss really is not an exact science. Just as a comparison, I weigh less than you, but I can easily gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight.
As you lose, you're going to see that scale go up and down. And that too is perfectly normal.
Do you know who member INDYGIRL is ? At her highest weight, she weighed 460+ pounds. In two years, she's lost half that weight. Read her blogs. They'll give you a good idea of what you might expect during your own journey.
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Hello, I am fairly new to the site. I joined before actually starting using various aspects of this site. I know generally 2 lb per week is considered a safe amount of weight to loose following healthier food choices and exercising. Before starting to follow the meal plan provided here and tracking my exercise, I weighed in at 408 on the doctors office scale. 11 days later, 1 week into a diabetic meal plan and exercising through the week I am 23 lbs lighter. I get that this is my first week and first weeks could be higher than normal but I'm just curious if I lost that much, even if its water weight, is that still healthy?
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