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    Fast weight drop... but I feel good!

    On the 23rd, I decided to try to shed a few pounds by combining exercise with changes to my diet. At the time, my weight was 259. I'm 6'3", and most BMI calculators say my height's ideal max weight is 180. I read a few threads here that suggested documenting my food intake. I'm using several tools, fitday.com in particular, to keep track of my intake. I also track my exercise there.

    I cut out the worst of my habits, like drinking beer regularly, and eating greasy fast food. I replaced these meals with simple, healthy meals at home, whenever hunger strikes. I started riding more regularly. I need to start writing down my mileage, but it's probably only about 45mi this week.

    I feel great! The problem is that my weight this morning was 249. That's ten pounds loss since last Sunday. It's what I want, sure, but everything I'm reading is saying 1-2lbs a week is closer to ideal.

    As I said, I feel great. My energy is good. I don't feel hungry. This lifestyle doesn't feel like "toil" or "a burden". The rides are going well - getting better actually. I really like what I'm doing. Should I worry about this, or just stay the course for the time being?

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    your first few weeks will be very fast weight loss, it's all water weight. It will slow down very quickly. Also, remember that 1-2 pounds a week is a good goal, but some weeks you will loose nothing / others you will lose 2-4. On average 1-2 is a good goal though.

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    Weight can go off fast at first and then progress slows. It also depends on your age. If you are young you may be able to drop pounds fast - at age 19 I lost 70 lbs in 10 weeks,felt great, lost 10 " off my waist. Now It would take me 2 years to do the same as I am much much older. Slower weight loss tends to favor loss of fat and retention of muscle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shumacher View Post
    On the 23rd, I decided to try to shed a few pounds by combining exercise with changes to my diet. At the time, my weight was 259. I'm 6'3", and most BMI calculators say my height's ideal max weight is 180. I read a few threads here that suggested documenting my food intake. I'm using several tools, fitday.com in particular, to keep track of my intake. I also track my exercise there.

    I cut out the worst of my habits, like drinking beer regularly, and eating greasy fast food. I replaced these meals with simple, healthy meals at home, whenever hunger strikes. I started riding more regularly. I need to start writing down my mileage, but it's probably only about 45mi this week.

    I feel great! The problem is that my weight this morning was 249. That's ten pounds loss since last Sunday. It's what I want, sure, but everything I'm reading is saying 1-2lbs a week is closer to ideal.

    As I said, I feel great. My energy is good. I don't feel hungry. This lifestyle doesn't feel like "toil" or "a burden". The rides are going well - getting better actually. I really like what I'm doing. Should I worry about this, or just stay the course for the time being?
    I'm your height and I've dropped that much weight in a month before. In fact a few years ago I went from 255-245 in one month. It's not surprising if you've gone from couch potato to Mr. Diet & Exercise. You'll drop quickly for a while but eventually it will slow down, hopefully close to your target weight.

    But I'll tell you what, I was 6'3", 180 lbs my senior year of high school. I was so skinny you could barely see me. Are you sure that's your ideal weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    I'm your height and I've dropped that much weight in a month before. In fact a few years ago I went from 255-245 in one month. It's not surprising if you've gone from couch potato to Mr. Diet & Exercise. You'll drop quickly for a while but eventually it will slow down, hopefully close to your target weight.

    But I'll tell you what, I was 6'3", 180 lbs my senior year of high school. I was so skinny you could barely see me. Are you sure that's your ideal weight?
    he was using BMI indexes. so that is the ideal weight for some insurance system that is so far removed from reality it's sad. BMI is only a rough tool, if you used it and it got you motivated to create a healthier life style, perfect, it has about lived its usefulness to you. 180 might be a tad skinny for somebody 6' + but different bone structures, and muscle mass will dictate how good 180 pounds will look on one person vs. another.

    Also, remember, weight is a number, it's cool to jump on a scale and see it go down. fear not though because as the numbers on the scale stop declining as fast as they are, you will see other things to be happy about. Clothes that fit looser / belts that have no smaller holes left, flights of stairs that don't wind when you climb up them. The MPH on your bicycle speedometer reading higher and higher numbers, etc.

    so, all I can say is congrats, and welcome to the addiction.... enjoy your stay.

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    This is not directed towards anyone, just a rant in general. All you ever hear is "lose 1-2 lbs. per week and you will keep it off... blah...blah...blah" You don't hear what you should hear, which is make a lifestyle change and stick to it and lose whatever comes off. There will be some hard times when you don't lose as much as others, but as long as you don't get discouraged about it and stick to the new way of living you will be fine. I went to an informational meeting about bariatric surgery with my future mother-in-law last week. A dietician, nurse, and the doctor came in and talked to everyone, and no one said that weight loss can be achieved if your BMI is 40+ without surgery. Will it be easy, no. Is the surgery what most people need to change how they live their lives, yes. But is it the only way, hell no. When I decided to get off my butt and start working out my BMI was 40 and I was close to 300lbs. No way in hell am I ever getting up near 300 again. It just blows my mind that people never hear from health professionals that diets are not temporary changes, they need to be permanent changes to your lifestyle in order to work.

    OK rant over, thanks for reading
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    I started the year at 262 pounds and dropped to 250 without much effort when I upped my mileage a little bit. Then I plateaued there for quite some time. I'd hover from 250 down to 245, but no real losses. Then I changed my diet and the weight started coming off again. Cutting out junk food, watching sodium intake and fat content, and not drinking beer got the pounds peeling off again at a quick rate at first. I went down to 240 in just over a week, and now I'm down to a 2-3 pound a week drop in weight.
    Eventually, that drop will taper off and I'll have to switch over to using fat calipers to measure any losses, because the lean mass gains from weight lifting will counter out the fat loss from riding.

    The quick loss isn't unusual at all when you first change your diet and really work on losing weight.
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