I'm not used to weighing myself every day. So to say I weighed myself today just to make sure I was on track - and the last time before that was on Saturday. So how can I gain 0.6kgs since then?
Ok we went on a trip to an amusement park. We ate junk food.
But - and this is a big but - we walked a good 7 miles because that place was huge -and I even tracked it on my smartphone to be sure how far I'd walked and how long, at what speed and how many calories were burnt.
I ate 1,777 kcals that day -Saturday and walked for a good 375kcals worth. The range set by sparkpeople for my maintenance is 1660-1990kcals per day. I'm going into deficit on Saturday, as my BMR is 1700.
I'm going 375 into minus - then how can I gain 0.6kgs?
Next day I ate 2400kcals and we walked a lot less, but still walked about 175kcals worth.
So for Sunday - 2400 - 1700 BMR = 700kcals over
700kcals - 175kcals =525kcals
counting in the deficit from the day before: 525-375 = 150kcals over budget.
How can 150kcals bring about a scale change of 0.6kg?
Here is the reason I only weigh myself weekly - and maybe I should continue doing so even throughout weight maintenance.
It's probably water weight - but the fat % is up by 2 % and the water is down by 1%, so it's not making much sense right now.
I was 64.5kg on Saturday - am 65.1kg right now.
2 Weeks ago: 64.3kg
1 week ago: 64.6kg (0.3kg gain)
This Satuday: 64.5kg (0.1kg loss)
Today: 65.1kg (0.6kg gain)
they say we fluctuate 2.2lbs or 1kg day to day - but for me it doesn't make sense - why do we fluctuate and why is this happening?
I think I will go back into weight loss mode - it's a lot more predictable - and lose another 1kg or so to leave a bit of wriggle room because 65kgs is too close for comfort to a heavy range for me.
I will now aim to drink 8 glasses of water, which I haven't been doing sincerely before.
Once I reach 63kg I will increase my calories gradually by 250 per week and see where exactly my calories allow me to stabilize. I read this in an artcile today by a nutritionist - sounds like it's better than aiming for 1990kcals as per sparkpeople because it is just an estimation - maybe a smaller range is better for me.
Note: I noticed on this trip - I saw all sorts of desserts and foods that would have been tempting before - but I didn't feel this "urge" to have them and I was only keen on them once I was actually hungry. Also had good portion control - most foods were very heavy calorie so even a little cranked up my calories in the tracker.
I've never walked 7 miles in 2.5 hours before either - could the weight gain be a reaction to this exercise perhaps?
I will probably know the answer to this mystery by next week this time.
I'm going to err on the side of caution and stay in weight loss mode until I reach 63kg. 1kg below goal weight to give a bit of flexibility for such setbacks and such.
Honeymoon phase was correct - but I haven't really started maintenance in the true sense yet, I'm just being jittery right now I guess.
It's now 5 hours since I last weighed - and now it's saying: 64.6kgs - how strange...someone elaborate, I'm not understanding much of this.