I ALMOST agree with everything BUNNYKICKS said, except the last part about waiting.
I agree that you should pick a goal, like eating what is on your tracker, and following it for a set period of time, instead of saying I will lose 5 lbs in the next 2 months. These healthy changes tend to get you the weight loss results. If you are eating properly, your body will eventually drop down to a proper weight.
The only difference is, I think you have to judge what is " eating properly ", by the results you see. I am not saying that you have to see a drop on the scale EVERY week, but you should on most weeks, and if not, you should be able to know why. We all cheat at times, and can say we gained a lb. because we had a doughnut at work on Wednesday.
If you think you are eating properly, and not seeing any result for multiple weeks though, then the diet has failed you, and you shouldn't wait for change. While I find it amazing that people can stick to a diet where they see minimal losses, sometimes as low as a lb. a month, I think it is ridiculous. I have lost 170 lbs. so far, and am down 1.2 this week in my 57th month on the diet. You might not see a drop on the scale the week after a HUGE weight loss, or when you get really close to goal weight, but pretty much every week you eat properly, you should see a drop on the scale, even if it is .4 lbs.
Since, you will cheat, you will be starting again.. again in the future. Just ignore the cheats, and get back on track immediately, and never stop. You may lose 6 lbs. in a month, and gain back 3, but it is progress. The problem comes when you are not losing, and then gain 3 when you cheat, which is more likely, since you aren't seeing any results.
So pick a plan, track the next week out, and get the groceries, and aim for doing a week properly, and see if that plan actually works over the next 2-3 weeks. A drop on the scale is a sign of the plan working, but shouldn't be the goal.
Even if you have to re-start 200 times, the other option is giving up on yourself, and that isn't an good option.
Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 1/31/2014 (11:10)
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