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Joined: Aug 12
Posted: 15 Sep 2012, 07:14
This is not a typical worry but I am wondering if I am losing weight too fast. I haven't been at this very long and I know it's much easier when you first start AND if you are far from your healthy weight but I've heard so much about NOT losing more than 2lbs a week. From last Friday until yesterday I lost 3 lbs, which is not really that much but from yesterday morning to this morning, I lost a pound. I am not doing anything unhealthy. I am eating 1500 calories a day, exercising something like 1-2 hours a day (cardio and strength) and drinking about 6 bottles of water, which is FAR from what I did before. It's a HUGE change from my life before trying to lose weight. So is it still not a good thing? I'm sure it will slow down soon, everyone says it does. Of coarse I want to lose as much as I can as quickly as possible but I just want to make sure I'm doing it safely. And I need to add that I am okay with this being a Life Change...I am not planning on going back to old eating habits and laying around on the couch. Thanks in advance for your help!
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Posted: 15 Sep 2012, 07:54
I think you're doing just fine. You're right, you lose much faster in the beginning. Your cells release excess water, so it seems that you lose faster at first. But you don't seem to be doing anything extreme or unhealthy that would prompt worry about how quickly it was coming off. I would say to just enjoy it while it lasts, and keep up the good work
p.s. please don't get discouraged when it does slow down, it will happen and it tends to make people lose motivation because it was coming off nicely before.
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Posted: 15 Sep 2012, 18:10
You sound like you have your head on straight, don't worry too much about losing weight quickly at the beginning.
You're eating enough calories, and the water is probably helping to flush out your system.
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Posted: 16 Sep 2012, 15:40
You're not eating a lot of protein, and you are eating a lot of carbs. They say that an active person should consume .6-1.2 grams of carbs per pound of bodyweight each day. Even if you are going by your target weight rather than your present weight when doing the calculation, you are still below the desired range. The more exercise you do, the more protein your body needs to rebuild and increase your muscle strength and endurance.
That proportion you have been getting may be enough to get by indefinitely if you were eating normal sized portions. But between reducing your total calories and increasing your exercise, you can easily put yourself into the danger zone.
Of course, the solution is to increase your protein intake. Set a target that is in your goal range and plan your meals to meet it.
When I started here I had been doing low-calorie all summer with no adjustments. I had been walking 4.5 miles most days, and I averaged 2+ pounds a week weight loss. Adding weight lifting and running just pushed me over the edge. I lost lean body mass and failed to make progress on my exercise. I feel much more full of energy now that I have set my target at 100-120 grams of protein a day.
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Posted: 17 Sep 2012, 06:26
I appreciate all of the feedback! I hadn't realized but I am lacking in protein and I need to find some more foods that I can eat to get it. I've been slipping a little on my diet. I'm almost always staying within my calories but I am not eating as healthy as I should.
As soon as I posted this, I "gained" a pound. I don't know if I thought I had lost it and really hadn't (tricky water weight thing) or if I actually gained a pound. I don't know how...I haven't been eating over my calories. That is why they say "don't weigh every day" and also why they tell you NOT to expect a big loss each week.
I will try to take your advice and not get discouraged...I know logically if I keep total control on what I'm eating and exercise, I will have to lose weight eventually. It's just hard....it's as much a psychological thing as it is physical. Of coarse everyone here knows that, I'm sure you all have probably felt that way before too.
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Posted: 19 Sep 2012, 17:54
You will always lose a lot of weight at the beginning of a diet and not just the 1st week. Sometimes, you lose a lot of water weight up to 9 or 10 lbs is not unusual. I've lost about 15 lbs so far, and the first 5 or 6 was in the first two weeks.. Keep it up!
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