Post # 1
I recently decided to start losing weight and changing my lifestyle, not because of my upcoming wedding, but because I recently found out I’m diabetic, and wanted to try and get it under control now while it’s in the beginning stages.
So I started counting calories (but of course, making sure I’m getting the right amount of complex carbs and proteins) and working out 5-6 days a week, making sure I drink enough water, etc.
I’m actually really surprised at my results so far! Sorry guys, don’t really have any photos to show for it yet, but I can explain the changes that are going on.
Well first off, I was about 220/size 16-18 before. I started eating well on February 20th and working out on the 28th or so. I do the 30 Day Shred and I’m just starting level 2. So far I’ve lost about 15 pounds and although I’m still at a size 16, they’ve started bagging in the legs/bum area. I know I’ve lost about an inch in my hips and 2 inches in my waist. I’ve lost a bunch of bra sizes (which is CRAZY but appreciated, as I had an overly ample bosom before)…I was a 42H (I know, crazy) but now I’m back down to 40Dirty Delete.
My question I guess is, do you think I’m losing too fast? I mean I guess I’m doing the right things and I can’t really control how fast the weight comes off…but still a bit worried. Want to be sure I keep it healthy you know?
Post # 3
@katedesaccord: If you have been inactive for a long time and not eating healthy you will lose fast right away. You body is in shock! I lost 17 lbs in the first 5 weeks I started working out and eating right, but have sense slowed down. How many calories are you consuming?
Post # 4
You’ve lost 15 pounds in three weeks. Yes. That is much too fast. How many calories are you eating per day?
Post # 5
@katedesaccord: No, I think that this is reasonable. If you went from eating unhealthy to eating well, and hardly any exercise to 5-6 days a week, these are the results you’d expect. Keep it up!
With that said, don’t get discouraged when you plateau or only start losing 1-2 lbs a week. It’s bound to happen eventually.
I am not saying you’re anything like the size of the people on the Biggest Loser, but they lose like 30 lbs a week in the beginning, which is just nuts. It seems like it’s easy to drop weight at first, but as your body gets more used to exercise it gets a bit harder to see dramatic weightloss.
Post # 6
As long as you are eating at least 1200 calories a day you are fine. Some people lose faster than others also. Weight also tends to come off faster when you weigh over 200 lbs and a lot of weight is water weight when you first start. You’ll probably notice you won’t lose as much as you did once you get under 200 lbs but that’s ok too. You are doing great!!! Keep it up girl!!!
Post # 7
Well, I’ve heard the normal amount of calories for my weight/height is 1400. So I eat that, plus about half what I burn. So if I burn 600 calories for the day (mind you, some of that would be because I walk to work due to not being able to drive) I’ll eat 1400 + 300.
Post # 8
@Brielle: She probably lost a lot of water weight. I disagree that it’s unhealthy she lost 15 lbs already, it’s pretty normal at first when you start losing weight.
Post # 9
when you have a lot to lose, you lose fast in the beginning. As long as you aren’t starving yourself and are mainting a healthy intake of all the proper food groups and vitamins you will be fine. Drink plenty of water and always get enough rest at night. I agree with@RoyalLime: your body is in shock but in a good way, its adjusting to the new amount that its getting in food and drink.
Post # 10
@katedesaccord: That is too fast for your body to be able to reabsorb the tissue and you will end up with a lot of sagging skin. 1-2 lbs a week is considered healthy weight loss. I would add in more calories if you are doing a bunch of exercise too. That will help balance out the weight loss. However, that being said, when you first start a diet a lot of weight loss is water weight so see how the loss continues. If it is more than 2 lbs a week consistently, consider adding in some more healthy calories.
ETA: I am a nurse and frequently educate people on nuitrition and lifestyle changes. Congrats for making the healthy decisions!
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for your answers and encouragement! I don’t feel so worried now haha.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
No, it’s not too fast. It’s just your body responding. It’s not like you’re starving yourself or overexercising, and it won’t continue like this. Look at the biggest loser- those people lose 20 lbs in teh first week, then lose half that or less in the following time.
You weighed 220- 15 lbs in three weeks would be the same for you as 8 lbs for me, which I’m sure no one would say is unhealthy. Keep it up!! You can’t go by the generic figures that “only 1 lb per week is healthy”. I’m sure what you’re doing is a lot healthier than continuing to eat poorly and not exercise so you don’t lose weight so fast.
Post # 13
@katedesaccord: People have already answered your questions, so I’m just going to say: GREAT JOB!
Post # 15
@katedesaccord: You will lose a lot of weight really fast in the beginning but once you get to a healthier weight you will start to plateau and the weight will come off slower. I love the 30 day shred though! It works wonders!! Congrats on your weight loss and healthy living! 🙂
Post # 16
@katedesaccord: I consume 1400 calories a day also. But I don’t eat my burned calories. You are def doing it the healthy way especially eating some of your burned calories! Keep it up lady!