The way I see it.... if you set a goal of 2 pounds per week.... there are factors in there that you can NOT control. Water retention due to hormones, for example. That water weight isn't fat, and it WILL go away. But it can look like you haven't lost any weight... or even gained a little weight, on the scale. Losing weight isn't an exact science. It's not like, well if I do this and this and this, I'll lose 2 pounds a week, every week. Some weeks you might lose 2. Some, you might lose 1 or just a 1/2. And then the week after that, 2-1/2 all at one go. One memorable week (for me) I did everything "right" and lost a whopping 1/10 pound.
That's when I decided to set goals such as, stick to my calorie range. Track all my food, weigh and measure my portions. Exercise x number of minutes so many times a week. I don't think it's a bad idea to have an idea of how much weight you want to lose by a certain date.... but it's not going to be a straight-ahead, same amount of progress every week, type thing.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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