Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Shaun, 8 Jan 2008.
Just keep on going, when you do get on the bike again, you'll just notice a greater difference!
Another 0.7kg lost this week. I only managed one short bike ride (11 miles, and that was yesterday) due to the weather, but a couple of gym sessions helped. Month-by-month record...
05/02 95.1kg (-2.7kg)
05/03 92.5kg (-5.3kg)
The importance of exercise for me is becoming increasingly clear.
In the past I've tried weight loss purely by diet alone, and I've cut my maintenance 2500kcals (using a rounded number for simplicity) by between 500-1000 kcals per day. That's worked and my weight has fallen, but after the first few weeks I've felt increasingly hungry and it's become very hard to stick to.
But if I increase my exercise kcal burn by the same 500-1000 per day instead, I can carry on consuming 2500 per day and I don't feel hungry, and my weight falls just the same.
In reality I'm doing some of both, so I'm exercising a lot and cutting kcals a bit. But what it means is that on days I feel hungry, I can comfortably eat the 2500 without any damage - and that's enough.
As I actually enjoy the exercise (and I don't like feeling hungry), biasing my efforts towards exercise definitely seems the best approach... for me.
Worth bearing in mind is that as your weight drops, the amount of calories you require to maintain your weight also drops. When I first started losing weight, I was able to eat well over 2400kcal a day even with a 1000kcal deficit, now that's down to around 1600kcal with the same deficit.
Yes, definitely. I'll check on my maintenance kcals every month or so (I just checked using https://www.precisionnutrition.com/weight-loss-calculator, which seems better than the usual kcal calculators).
I've also got my fitbit estimating my daily kcal usage (which is weight-dependent), and I'll be keeping my eye open for any reduction in kcal usage (and possibly deficit) as things progress.
Interesting read, I wonder how successful it will be
Interesting (I think) observation over the past few days...
On my "official" weigh day on Monday I weighed 92.5kg. I'd actually been down at 91.8kg on Saturday (always weighing naked, after toilet, first thing in the morning), but such fluctuations happen.
Monday evening I was very tired and went to bed early, and Tuesday I felt I had no energy at all. I also weighed in at 93.5kg, and +1.7kg in 3 days is way outside my usual fluctuations (and I'd still been maintaining a daily calorie deficit, so it really couldn't be fat gain). I also happen to be monitoring my blood pressure this week (it's an ongoing survey that I'm part of), and it was elevated on Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
Could be coming down with something, but I guessed I was probably just a bit zonked by lots of exercise (I've been doing at least 2 hours a day of what Fitbit rates "active minutes", and a lot more on cycling days) and not enough food, and reading around it seems that can lead to water retention through low blood sugar and raised cortisol levels. (There's an interesting take on cortisol effects at https://legionathletics.com/water-retention/, if you can get through the promotional style).
So I had a day of eating a lot more than usual, and I also kept the salt down and had a few bananas for potassium (as a sodium/potassium imbalance can also lead to water retention). I also had a relative rest day from exercise, counting up a mere 73 minutes partly through going for a late afternoon walk.
By Tuesday evening I felt much better and my blood pressure was back to normal - and I woke up three times during the night for a pee (when it's usually once at most). Wednesday morning, my weight is back down to 91.9kg, and a drop of 1.6kg in 24 hours can really only be water loss.
This is only a one-off annecdatum, but I think it does support the idea that overdoing it can lead to water retention and apparently poor weight loss or even weight gain in the short term. So have a day off every now and then
Water retention is a bugger. Although I track my weight and keep an eye on it, I use bio-impedance scales and pay more attention to my Body Fat % and Water % - as long as the fat % is going in the right direction then I tend not to worry about weight gain or not losing anything. I find that if I'm overtraining and/or under the weather then my weight doesn't track as it should, similarly to what you're finding.
Strange week this week. After my over-exercise and water-retention thing, I had two complete rest days Wednesday and Thursday, then back to exercise - 13 mile ride Friday, gym session Saturday, and 37 mile ride Sunday (with chocolate cake).
I kept myself pretty much calorie neutral throughout, and I've ended the week with a 0.2kg gain at 92.7kg - down 5.1kg since the beginning of January.
So a bit of a plateau encounter, but I understand more about why it happens now, and I'm happy that I'm still losing fat.
Still the same this week as I was last. Which given that I haven't really moderated my eating this week is pretty good. 92kg again.
Been watching my fatigue levels the last few weeks, as having been a bit under the weather I've been suffering a bit. Definitely feeling better today on the bike, so will try and ramp up the exercise levels this week see if I can kickstart the weight loss again.
Weight loss going great lost 4 lbs this week which takes my total loss so far to 25 lbs getting back on the bike managing 50 miles last week plus spin class and visit to the gym and PT session. Once the Total Loser sessions are over, I'm planning on following a 12 week training plan to get me ready for riding Ride London 100.
Having a few drinks again now but have cut down significantly on what I drank previously and feeling better for it, far less stressed and far less anxious.
Cutting out alcohol is one of the best ways to lose weight. I really notice it now if I have a couple of drinks, both in terms of calorie intake and also water retention stays higher for a few days after drinking.
Only about 2" to go from my waist now!
I got a pair of black cords for Christmas and made sure that they were the size that I want to be rather than the size that I was at the time. I realised that I will probably never have a 32" waist again but decided that 34" was a sensible/realistic target to aim for.
I want to be able to wear the trousers in comfort (not breathing in and holding my breath!) by the summer. I think I will achieve that. If I somehow lose the extra 2" to get back to my teenage 32" waist measurement then I will use a belt to hold the trousers up.
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