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A Theory

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

For most of December my weight hovered around 172 with my lowest weight at 169.4. My original goal weight was 160, but I've put on muscle and lost inches despite those 12 lbs. Still, I'd like to get a bit farther away from 175 so I have a bigger cushion. I've joined the 5% Winter Challenge, and while I think 5% of my body weight might not happen (I'm currently at 170 so 8.5 lbs is quite a bit to lose in 8 weeks for someone so close to goal already) I'm hoping it will get me back to 165.

Now here's my theory. I overate quite a bit over Christmas. There was candy and cookies and delicious home cooked food. Our main meals were actually pretty healthy but about double the portion size I'd normally eat. BUT I also worked out at an actual gym and burned in 3 days about the same amount of calories I burn in a week working out at home. I had the time, and I really enjoyed myself. The morning after I got home from my mom's was December 28th and my weight was 175.8. Not really too bad considering the week before I was 172. But this morning, less than a week later I'm 170.

Part of this is that I'm between ovulation and TOM and my weight is always at it's lowest that time of the month. But part of it I THINK is that I worked out extra hard AND I ate over maintenance for a week then went back to behaving myself. I shocked my system. I've been eating reduced calorie for a while now, and my theory is I was holding onto the extra weight. If I hit a lower weight than 169.4 next week (I have one week before TOM) my theory would have strong evidence as to it's truth. I will have lost weight over the holidays despite overeating.

So I'm curious and I want to experiment. I want to continue to reduced calorie diet until the 5% Winter Challenge is over in March, then I'm going to have a week of eating slightly above maintenance before going back to reduced calorie. I want to see if there's a big drop then that will prove my theory.

I also intend to join a gym this year, I'm just waiting until January's over, lol.

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    Refeeds manipulate leptin esp closer to goal weight. Wrestlers and bodybuilders have been using it for years for cutting and making weight class.
    801 days ago
  • KMW987
    Interesting theory! Can't wait to see how it pans out emoticon
    804 days ago
    I've thought about regular intentional refeeding to boost metabolism. Not just because I'd read about it, but, because of the three months I had the highest weight loss, I was traveling and eating above plan at least a week out of each month (sometimes two weeks).
    805 days ago
    806 days ago
    Intermittent fasting and calorie cycling all have a place in the grand scheme of things, I think. You probably have something there!
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    806 days ago
    Always good to experiment. Keep us posted on how it goes.

    I had a similar experience over the summer with 2 weeks vacation. I too lost despite less than stellar choices and extra helpings. For me, I think I let go of some weight because I gave my body it what craved. Also I was smart enough to know I couldn't eat like that once home. Intense hiking helped too.


    806 days ago
    I've heard a lot of people say that about having the shock to the system. I don't know that it's really ever worked for me, but maybe there's a certain balance to it you have to get.
    807 days ago
    Glad to see you active again!
    I've read, this morning, an article about Intermittent Fasting and you might find it an interesting read as it said something about eating more and eating less, as if breaking your eating habit could tweak your results.
    Keep sparking, you got this!
    807 days ago
    Weight loss has always been a mystery to me. When I was in Weight Watchers about ten years ago, I would stay exactly within my program calories, but I would go for three or four weeks and lose only 0.25 or 0.5 pounds, then drop 5 or 6 the following week. I was doing a lot of walking and a little swimming, nothing exceptional. I never did figure it out. I do think mixing it up a little might help. Looking forward to the results of your test.

    807 days ago
    emoticon You can do this!
    807 days ago
    I think calorie fluctuations can change things up a bit. I am cheering for you. Have a great challenge!
    807 days ago
    I've joined the 5% challenge too - first time for me trying this kind of thing. A pound a week is a do-able goal esp if it can get you to your goal weight emoticon
    807 days ago
  • no profile photo MISTY_MOUNTAINS
    I'm curious about your theory. Looking forward to what you figure out!
    807 days ago
    Jan is always so busy at me gym. Might be smart to wait for February.
    807 days ago
    I'm in the same shoes with putting weight back on, but more fat and less muscle. I have noticed when I feel stuck that eating more for a day or two and then going back does help shake things up. Calorie cycling, so to speak, but without a formal plan. Hope it works out!
    807 days ago
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