1 to 2 pound/week: strict law or guideline?

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    Oct 05, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    Using a colon got my boob post a lot of attention (perhaps too much considering how self conscious I am about lol) so I figured I'd try that method again.
    Like the title says is it law or just a guideline? Because since I've started that is not the way I've lost weight. Since I've started lifting, I'll be consistent for like a week or two then one day I'll be down like 3-4 pounds and from then on it stays there. I always equated this to an exchange of muscle and fat because its usually after my two off days that that I'll be down, but it says everywhere that that's not healthy. So I figured I'd get some opinions on the matter, should I eat more? or just be happy that the weight is going down lol
  • asana

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    Oct 05, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    I've lost weight a lot more rapidly than 1 to 2 lb/week. I would say just stick with how you're feeling. The rapid drops like that could be related to food intake or water loss on off days. When I was losing weight quickly, I would go down a pound a day. If you feel alright, then you're probably alright.
  • mikey_101

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    Oct 06, 2011 10:31 AM GMT
    I dont know much about lossing weight - I'm trying to put it on!

    I would say weigh yourself once a week on the smae day, same time...... Monday morning before breakfast.

    This will give you an accurate way to track it over time.

    My weight fluctuates in relation to how busy my day has been, when I last eat and how much water I'v drank.

    Monday morning straight out of bed will counter most of the fluctuations and give you a basline reading... I think?
  • mikey_101

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    Oct 06, 2011 10:32 AM GMT
    oops, just re-read your post, maybe I'm on a tangent?
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    Oct 06, 2011 10:52 AM GMT
    mikeymack saidUsing a colon got my boob post a lot of attention (perhaps too much considering how self conscious I am about lol) so I figured I'd try that method again.
    Like the title says is it law or just a guideline? Because since I've started that is not the way I've lost weight. Since I've started lifting, I'll be consistent for like a week or two then one day I'll be down like 3-4 pounds and from then on it stays there. I always equated this to an exchange of muscle and fat because its usually after my two off days that that I'll be down, but it says everywhere that that's not healthy. So I figured I'd get some opinions on the matter, should I eat more? or just be happy that the weight is going down lol


    I've found that weight loss patterns vary a lot. You kill yourself working out and nothing happens, and then after a day or two off and paying no attention to your diet, you're suddenly down. The next week, you might gain a pound, and the week after you make extra progress.

    The general direction matters a lot more than the daily specifics.
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    Oct 06, 2011 11:27 AM GMT
    I'm just here for the colon.
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    Oct 07, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    The 1-2lbs/week is a guideline. Really, what you want to do is develop healthy habits. If you have healthy eating habits and you're losing 1-2 lbs/week then you'll have a better chance of keeping off the weight after you hit your goal. If you're focused on the diet as a temporary pathway to your goal weight, chances are that after you hit your goal weight you'll go right back to your old habits and put the weight back on.
    In answer to your question, if you're eating healthy and losing 3-4 lbs and feel well, then go with it. Make sure you're getting enough water, nutrients, and energy. Losing weight at the cost of creating new health problems is not something you want to do.
  • calibro

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    Oct 07, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    Losing more than that can be unhealthy. It can stress your body, particularly your heart (and has been known to cause permanent heart damage in certain cases). Remember, if you're losing that much, you're having a caloric deficit of 500-1000 calories a day. Losing more than that is harsh on your body.