Post # 1
I realize this post might irritate some people because it’s basically just whining about how I lost weight without even trying, so proceed with caution.
Basically, I have a moderate exercise routine where I do cardio and strength training. I’ve been doing it for around a year and it’s made me a little more toned, plus I think I lost a little bit of fat, but I was never overweight to begin with (puffy/flabby though, for sure). I am definitely stronger than I was… yay! I eat 3 square meals a day but I also let myself have snacks and dessert and I don’t count calories… my exercise routine is more for my health and weight maintenance than weight loss.
Last week we went on vacation at a relative’s house. We did a lot of bike riding there but it wasn’t too strenuous because the hills around there are nothing compared to the hills where we live. When we got back, I worked over the weekend and now I’m using up more vacation days at home. The last couple days we’ve had the first heat wave of the summer, and I’ve come down with a sinus infection or something, so I havent worked out at all. I’ve just been sitting on the couch with a headache, sweating my ass off. I’m pretty sure I’m still getting enough calories because due to the heat and my sore throat I’ve been sucking down pina colada popsicles and frozen bananas like nobody’s business.
My weight has been 118 FOREVER, but over the last 2 days I’ve suddenly lost 6 lbs. I know 6 lbs doesn’t sound like a lot but I’m barely 5’3″ and I haven’t done this on purpose so it’s kind of alarming. My stomach looks caved in! I’ve been drinking plenty of water to account for the sweating so I’m worried that I’m losing muscle mass from not going to the gym. I’m really proud of all the strength gains that I’ve made so I’ll be really disappointed if I have to start all over again. Do you guys think that’s what it is?
Post # 3
Muscle is heavier then fat and way easier to loose as it hold nutrience and when your body lacks them, it will get them from the muscles first. Your pina coladas and popsicles doesn’t sound very nutricious so your body had to use some of your muscle to replenish whats needed.
Post # 4
I seem to be exactly the same. I will admit that I have been eating healthier but I do still enjoy my snacks and Im not sure if I’ve lost much weight but I have certainly slimmed down to wearing smaller clothes. I have also started doing a bit more exercise mainly walking and cycling but not a lot.
Post # 5
@Lulume: I’ve still been eating my usual diet. I’ve just also been getting all those extra calories from the pops 🙂
Post # 6
I’ve lost 5 lbs from muscle loss but it would take me maybe 2-3 weeks or so to see that much loss. Certainly not 2 days. It really might just be some water loss from the heat. That would be my best guess anyway.
Post # 7
Heat wave + sinus infection, you’re sitting but you’re sweating and fighting infection and you’re body is still working in over drive and probably a little dehydrated (fight is at you might, you probably are with a heat wave and an infection!) Its normal to lose some weight when you get sick. Not a lot, but six pounds happens. Just keep your fluids up and fight that infection! Get better soon! 🙂
Post # 8
It is probably just your body reacting to being sick. DH lost 5 or 6 lbs when he was sick a couple of weeks ago but it all came right back as soon as he was better.
Post # 9
You were under the weather, so it’s a bit normal for your body to deal with it in strange (to you) ways.
If it doesn’t improve in a few weeks, go to the Dr. and get some bloodwork done – request that they check out all of your thyroid hormone levels.
Post # 10
i’d say a combination of being sick and dehydrated. the pina colada things are probably very high in sodium as well.
also, sick weight loss isn’t real weight loss. as soon as you are healthy again, it typically comes right back on.
i weigh myself many mornings before long bike rides to see how dehydated i get from the heat.
i’ve lost 3-5 pounds in a day, espeically on 100 mile bike rides in the summer despite drinking and eating.