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Hey Guys, recently I've decided to change my eating habits as you can see on my log, and it seems as though I've been losing a lot of water weight quickly.. I've been eating at least 1,500 Calories a day and exercising 30 minutes of cardio.. Is this loss normal? I've read up a little bit and heard that the first few pounds are water then it gets harder as it goes along.. Have any of you had this same experience?

Tue. Nov 21, 12:11pm

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By the way, here is the amount of weight I've lost so far w/in a few days

11/18/06- 176.5 lbs
11/19/06- 176 lbs
11/21/06- 173 lbs

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 12:14 PM

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Yep, that is totally normal. Just keep yourself hydrated and moving. It sounds like you have a plan in place to start with. Enjoy the quick loss as motivation and then don't be afraid to switch things up a bit when it slows down.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 2:05 PM

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Yes, your weight loss looks normal to me. In my experience, I lose the first 10 pounds easily, then the real work of dieting sets in after the water weight is gone. Your experience may differ.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 2:32 PM

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Thanks guys, I really appreciated the help.. It's easy to get discouraged when you don't know what's going on.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 2:39 PM

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3.5 pounds in 3 days is not unsafe but merely a water loss. Folks can make their weight loss much simplier if they would just focus on the math. If you take in less that you burn you will lose weight. Everything else is just marketing. If you run a deficit of 3500 calories over a period of time you will lose a pound. Maybe not exactly on that day but it is gone and will be reflected soon enough.

Over the years when I started dieting I almost always lost 8 pounds in the first week, and then 5 in the second week. I have found diet journals dated years apart but the first month pattern of loses are nearly identical.

When you start dieting you probably decreased the carbs in your diet. Less carbs reduce your bodies retained water. After a few days of eating lighter you likely have less matter passing through your body and this also adds to the intial weight loss.

Pick a safe daily calorie limit. I would say your 1500 is fine. Get some exercise almost every day, take a multi-vitamin and make sure your calories come from nutrionally dense foods. After that just trust in the math.

Some weeks you will lose more some weeks less but the math always works. If you think it is not working then you aren't logging in enough detail.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 4:55 PM

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