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February 16, 2013 2:38 PM
Hello! I have been changing my eating habits for over a ear and frequenting the gym for around 5 months. I started at about 175, and just hit 135. (I'm around 5'2''.) I was stuck at (+/- 2 pounds) around 140 for a month or two now.

Last weekend Nemo hit, and between that the the holiday the gym where I live has only been open once for me. During this time, I had no gym, and while I tried to stick to healthy eating I did eat some fattier things I usually don't eat. So I was surprised when I weighed myself after about four days and had lost about two or three pounds. Now it's the weekend again, and since then my scale has told me I lost about another three pounds, my last weigh in today being about 133. (I also weighed myself the one time I got to go to the gym and it was about the same so it's not just my scale.)

Why the sudden weight loss? Not only have I not been able to go to the gym but I've even been eating a little worse (mostly because of the limited available foods since the storm where I am) and it's kind of frightening me. How can I plateau so long and just drop the weight under these conditions? How can I lose so quickly so close to my goal weight (130?) I also take raspberry ketone but have not done so much since the snow storm, and I can't really see where the weight came off of except my chest. Can anyone people help me? I'm really scared.
February 16, 2013 2:41 PM
meh, i'm sure the sudden weightloss will level off. no reason to be scared. sometimes changing things up results in weightloss. it won't continue forever.
February 16, 2013 2:42 PM
Going to the gym may have caused you to retain extra water masking your weight loss and when you stopped going to the gym, your muscles stopped constantly repairing themselves allowing the water to be lost.

I wouldn't be surprised if once you go the gym again the weight goes up slightly.
Edited by CristinaL1983 On February 16, 2013 2:59 PM
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February 16, 2013 2:43 PM
What do you mean when you say you've been "eating worse"? More calories than usual? More fat?

Perhaps you weren't eating enough or eating enough fat to begin with. Dieting really messes with your hormones and if you're cutting out essential fats or just not eating enough calories your body can respond by slowing down your fat burning processes in order to conserve energy.

Sometimes finding that 'sweet spot' is hard to do, but it seems to me that by increasing your fat/calories (or whatever the case was for you - not sure what you were eating) you inadvertently found yours.
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February 16, 2013 2:44 PM
Congrats on ur weight loss. The body just does strange things sometimes. How many cals were u netting during ur plateau? I wouldn't worry about rapidly losing 6lbs. Worry when u lose a significant amount of weight like 30lbs w/o trying...meaning no working out and no healtjy eating in months with weight loss.
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February 16, 2013 2:47 PM
That's kind of how my losses go too. Not quite as dramatic, but in spurts like that. I'll lose 3 or 4 pounds, then hover around there for about a month. Then one day, another 3 or 4 pounds is gone. Then I hover there for a month or two. Then another chunk gets lost. That's how it's always been for me...sort of like my body wants to try to get comfortable at a certain point first before letting go of anything more, lol.
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February 16, 2013 2:47 PM
By "eating worse" I mean like Dunkin' Donuts and such. I still tried to balance my calorie intake. I was netting 1200-1400 av. before. I just thought that eating more fat would make me gain if I hadn't been eating it for a while, not help me find a sweet spot. I thought about it before but thought I was wrong. Maybe not then. Thank you!
February 16, 2013 2:51 PM
I'm going through the same thing myself - little loss for quite a while, then suddenly started losing (8lb in a month, 4 of them in the last seven days). I think it just goes like that sometimes. I think you and I should make the most of it - it's not likely to last, and it makes a nice change!
February 16, 2013 2:52 PM
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What do you mean when you say you've been "eating worse"? More calories than usual? More fat?

Perhaps you weren't eating enough or eating enough fat to begin with. Dieting really messes with your hormones and if you're cutting out essential fats or just not eating enough calories your body can respond by slowing down your fat burning processes in order to conserve energy.

Sometimes finding that 'sweet spot' is hard to do, but it seems to me that by increasing your fat/calories (or whatever the case was for you - not sure what you were eating) you inadvertently found yours.


This....also agree with the poster who said perhaps stopping the exercise has released some water weight. Also...perfect example of how weight loss is not linear in the least.
February 16, 2013 2:54 PM
QUOTE:

What do you mean when you say you've been "eating worse"? More calories than usual? More fat?

Perhaps you weren't eating enough or eating enough fat to begin with. Dieting really messes with your hormones and if you're cutting out essential fats or just not eating enough calories your body can respond by slowing down your fat burning processes in order to conserve energy.

Sometimes finding that 'sweet spot' is hard to do, but it seems to me that by increasing your fat/calories (or whatever the case was for you - not sure what you were eating) you inadvertently found yours.


By "eating worse" I mean like Dunkin' Donuts and such and some late night snacks. I still tried to balance my calorie intake. I was netting 1200-1400 av. before. I just thought that eating more fat would make me gain if I hadn't been eating it for a while, not help me find a sweet spot. I thought about it before but thought I was wrong. Maybe not then. Thank you!
February 16, 2013 3:14 PM
May be you were not eating enough and your daily calories were below your BMR. So by eating more and not losing it with exercise, you reached your TDEE and were eating above your BMR.
February 16, 2013 4:43 PM
QUOTE:

What do you mean when you say you've been "eating worse"? More calories than usual? More fat?

Perhaps you weren't eating enough or eating enough fat to begin with. Dieting really messes with your hormones and if you're cutting out essential fats or just not eating enough calories your body can respond by slowing down your fat burning processes in order to conserve energy.

Sometimes finding that 'sweet spot' is hard to do, but it seems to me that by increasing your fat/calories (or whatever the case was for you - not sure what you were eating) you inadvertently found yours.


flowerforyou thanks for the positive word for good fats and finding one's best optimum ratio
Edited by lpina2mi On February 16, 2013 4:48 PM
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February 16, 2013 7:55 PM
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