Good morning, all three of you feigning interest! I had a good week this week, and these weigh in posts are one hell of a lot easier to do if you have a good week, you know?
Current Weight: 315.8 lbs
Weekly Loss: (-3.6) lbs
Total Loss: (-7.2) lbs
I read an article this week talking about the optimum speeds at which to lose weight. In general, we want it to happen as fast as possible, and we get discouraged when that doesn’t happen. However, recent longitudinal studies have shown that the people who lose between 0.5 and 1.0 pound per week are more likely to keep that weight off in the long run than those that lose weight significantly faster. The bigger you are, the more that number can go up (a 400 pound guy can lose 3 – 5 pounds a week no sweat without any issues – it takes a lot of metabolism to keep all of this fat tissue alive, you know), but at the end of the day you’re looking for half a pound to one pound per week.
This is the end of my 5th week weighing in, and I’ve lost an average of 1.44 pounds per week. That hasn’t been a steady decline, but that’s the average, and that’s about right. I really believe that my number can be more like 2 pounds per week until I get back to the weight I was at 15 months ago (around 275). At that point, my expectations will have to align with reality.
In the meantime, this is working, as I knew it would. Exercising 3-5 days per week and staying within a reasonable amount of daily calorie intake causes people to lose weight. Funny how that works.