Originally Posted by bpohl
In the spirit of another thread, I felt that I should ask this question: How much weight is too much to lose in a certain amount of time? As of October 1st, I weighed 330 lbs. Last time I weighed about a week ago, I weighed in at 244. I realize that is a lot of weight to lose in a short time, but I feel great and have noticed no adverse side effects so far. Everyone is warning me that I am losing i too fast, but I eat sensibly and bike around 20 miles per day. It just keeps falling off of me. Any advice? Should I do something to slow down my weight loss? Am I okay the way I am?
I'm no doctor, but can share my experience.
Between January and June I lost 70 lbs doing what you did. I'm now a small weak man, IMO. When I weighed 240 lbs i was strong as an ox and always got the call when someone wanted a piano moved. However, while riding high on my weight loss endeavor, I lost way to much muscle mass, shocked my system, and now I can't process food....I need to gain weight, and can't. I weigh 160 and have trouble opening jars.
I became so focused on my weight loss (ego) I feared that if i stopped dieting and exersizing, I would never be able to reclaim the magic. I needed to keep rolling, so I thought. Well, I should have slowed down and listened to everyones advice.
At the very least see your doctor. Most folks say one pound a week, At your size, 2-3 may be okay untill you break 200 if you are avg. height (once again, that is just my opinion).
I notice you say that you "eat sensibly", based on my experience, I doubt it. What you are taking in may be okay if you were sitting on the sofa all day, but 140 miles a week on a bike for a guy your size will burn over 15000 calories a week (1000 calories and hour?)...and that is 5 pounds a week right there....not to mention the energy you use under normal circumstances. Your body is eating itself, fat and muscle alike. Essentially, you are on the Atkins diet, except all the fat and protein is coming from your chest, arms, legs.
I understand how happy you may be with your weight loss but don't forget about your overall health.
If I were you I would consider eating a lot more and see how it goes after a month.
Hope this helps and i apologize if i sound a little harsh,