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ROMEOTHECAT SparkPoints: (1,310)
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8/21/14 2:47 P

All good advice. Thanks for the tips.

I should emphasize that 1500 calories a day tends to be during the week (Monday-Thursday) and I consume more on the weekends. It averages out to probably 1800-2000 depending on the week, a more reasonable number.

Furthermore, I do cut out a lot of sodium just by virtue of eliminating almost all fast food (Subway is my big exception) and exercising far more than I ever have. I guess I was more surprised that a dramatic drop happened in my third week rather than my first or second.

I did start the Couch to 5K program my third week, though - I went from no exercise before I started to about 90 minutes my first week, maybe 180 my second, and then 300 my third - which included jogging the third week. Maybe that made a difference; I don't know.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,273
8/21/14 7:14 A

try some new batteries in your scale and/or check the weight of some known objects [container of cat litter, weights, etc] to see if that was part of the problem.
do a quick track of what you used to eat and pay attention to the calories and the sodium. if you've cut out several thousand sodium a day [like 3000+] i could see where you were retaining so much extra water that you dropped 30 lbs in 3 weeks. also, if your gain was more of a creeping gain [under 5 lbs a year over five, ten, twenty years], then cutting back to your current spartan plan is probably cutting too many calories because you weren't that far off of where you should be in the first place.
i definitely agree with giving your doctor a heads up now and if you're anywhere below 296 next week making sure you get in to get checked out. a few weeks of higher than average losses when starting out is pretty normal, but if it keeps happening you need to find out why and have your doc keep an eye on you in the meantime.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (250,105)
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8/20/14 10:12 P

If, as your picture indicates, you are a man, then 1500 calories at your weight is probably far too drastic - especially as you are also exercising. I would be inclined to ask your Dr for a referral to a Registered Dietitian to ensure that you lose at a healthy rate and within the appropriate calorie range for you.

Having said that, if you have decreased a lot of processed foods and by proxy reduced the amount of sodium in your diet a fair bit, then it is possible that a lot of the loss is brought about by less fluid being retained in your tissues. BUT your Dr AND Dietitian are the best source of advice.

Good luck,

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 8/20/2014 (22:14)
JO88BAKO SparkPoints: (316,837)
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8/20/14 9:11 P

OK if it's a healthy way

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (552,223)
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8/20/14 7:27 P

I would use other ways to assess your success as well, especially taking your measurements. They can help you make more sense than just the scale. Good luck!

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,446
8/20/14 5:41 P

a lot of the initial loss is water but if you stick to good choices you will be on your way to better health...and that's the most important point of all this. Victory is a matter of constantly developing good habits and making the better choices in any situation. The scale is just form of feedback for your success...your medical results, your physical stamina and energy, your measurements, and your frame of mind...are some of the others.

ROMEOTHECAT SparkPoints: (1,310)
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8/20/14 4:45 P

I haven't measured with a tape measure or anything, but I have been more mindful of the way my clothes fit - in the last week, I've noticed the pants on my work uniform fit a bit more loosely. My shirts used to be very restrictive and now they are less restrictive.

If I am back up a bit next week, no big deal. Of course, if I am down, fantastic.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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8/20/14 3:18 P

First best guess: since you've changed the way you're eating pretty drastically, you've probably dropped a significant amount of retained water.

Have you been taking measurements with a tape measure as well? That tends to give a more stable picture of what is going on.

That being said, if you're happy with your plan and sticking to it, and your doctor knows what you're doing and approves, I (personally) don't see any cause for concern. If it really is bugging you, put in a call to your doctor's office to get his/her opinion.

Don't worry about if the scale ticks back up next week. Weight loss is not linear. There will be weeks you lose, stay the same, or even gain. We're in this for the long haul so as long as the general trend is toward a healthier life, that's what really matters.

ROMEOTHECAT SparkPoints: (1,310)
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8/20/14 3:07 P

I typically weigh every Monday. I started off at 331 pounds, my heaviest ever. My first week, I dropped about 9 pounds - typical. Two pounds the next week - progress.

So I weighed myself this week, coming off a week of 320 pounds. I weigh on the same scale at the same time of day under the same circumstances.

It showed my weight as 300 pounds. I tested it again - same.

I'm a little concerned. I don't even know if this is real weight loss. Yes, I've been exercising - I started the couch to 5K thing through SP. I eat a diet my doctor described as "Spartan" - about 1500 calories a day most days with any additional eating tending to come on weekends. I avoid anything too excessive - bad-for-you appetizers, margaritas, the desserts I used to eat - and my weekly exercise approaches 300 minutes of brisk walking and jogging.

But still - I'm concerned. 20 pounds in a week doesn't make any sense. Is my scale broken? Is it water weight? Am I going through food withdrawal? I didn't even log it because I'm too afraid it will balloon back up next week.

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