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    TIMOTHYNOHE   112,068
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Are you plateaued?


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Some typical comments I see in blogs.

The Plateau:
"I have been with the program for about six weeks now and I think I am in a plateau. The first three weeks I lost 5 pounds, 3 pounds and 4 pounds. In the last three weeks I have only lost 1 pound, .7 pounds, and 1.2 pounds.

"I am so frustrated! Help!!"

The Libraphobe:
"I weigh in every morning when I get up and it is so frustrating. It never moves! Some mornings it even goes up! This morning I was up 1.1 pounds from yesterday and I had a perfect day. I ate right and worked out.

"I am so frustrated! Help!"

Wow! A lot of people forget that they didn't gain the weight all at once and so they cannot expect to lose it all at once. And the dynamics of body weight are not linear.

On January 22 I got my FitBit One and Aria scale. I have always weighed in daily, at least since I started using the Wii Fit and I have taken the data with a grain of salt and my own brand of overanalysis. So I don't freak, I look at the number and try to figure out what they mean.

The cool thing about the FitBit Aria is that it sends the data to my computer so I can look at it easier. I have attached a list of my daily change for the past 5 weeks at the end of this post.

On a day to day basis I go up and I go down. One entry show me going up 2 pounds in one day! (That was the Knights of Columbus Bull Roast). But what about some of those other things? Other gains of 1.5 pound or more? Losses of the same size? What happens there?

I call it bulk.

I eat stuff. Some of it may be still on my stomach. Or my bladder. Or my colon.

Yeah, I said it. They even wrote a best selling children's book on the subject: Everyone Poops.

I may be full of sht. That could be a part of the problem. Here's a TMI ... and don't say you've never done this ... I have weighed two pounds less after a good dump.

Hey! It's a data point.

And a good long whizz may account for a pound (a pint is a pound the world around).

Sodium! Too much salt not only affects you BP, but it can account for some water retention.

Ditto exercise to the point of severe muscle fatigue.

Not to mention glycogen, the carbs that our body stores.

And ladies, I realize I am not qualified to discuss this, but your "friend" will also have an effect ... not on me, but ... and you know that.

The point is, there are so many factors that can affect your day to day weight change.

And the other issue: is it a plateau?

If you can look back at the last four weigh ins, and the average is greater than 0.5 pounds, you are not plateaued. Even if you have a gain week or two in there. Weight Watchers recommends that to find that average, you toss the first three weeks and start counting for that average with your fourth WI. So the first complaint, six weeks is not long enough to get a good read.

So if you are really really really doing everything right (and be honest with yourself, as my mom would say, examine your conscience carefully) stick with it and you will get the results you want.

And don't throw out your scale. It's only the messenger.

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Weekly Daily
Change Change
Start .... 0
...... ..... -0.24
...... ..... -0.73
...... ..... 0.02
...... ..... -1.06
...... ..... -0.22
...... ..... -0.02
...... ..... 0.2
...... ..... -0.91
...... ..... 1.59
-1.56 .... -1.14 Friday
...... ..... 1.54
...... ..... -0.55
...... ..... 0.55
...... ..... -1.39
...... ..... 0.9
...... ..... -1.61
-1.28 .... -0.72 Friday
...... ..... -0.91
...... ..... 2.03
...... ..... -1.87
...... ..... -0.11
...... ..... 0.04
...... ..... 0.91
-0.73 .... -0.82 Friday
...... ..... -0.79
...... ..... -0.11
...... ..... -0.95
...... ..... 0.28
...... ..... 1.39
...... ..... 0.38
-0.38 .... -0.58 Friday
...... ..... 0.56
...... ..... -1.99
...... ..... 1.16
...... ..... 0.12
Total loss in 35 days
-4.78
Average Weekly Loss (35 days/7)
-0.956
Average Weekly Loss (Weigh in day Friday)
-0.9875
 


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