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How weird is this?

Ok so I've been steadily losing weight for about 3 months now. Usually losing around 2lbs every 2 weeks. Well I went super hardcore for 2 weeks, did extra cardio, really watched my calories, and was surprised to only lose 3lbs (I was hoping for 4lbs).

Here's the weird part.

The next 2 weeks, I got a super bad cold, so I missed a few days of cardio, did less intense strength workouts, and just moved way less in general than usual. I also took in more calories than usual (probably 1400 instead of 1200). Yet I have lost just about 5lbs in that 2 weeks.

FIVE POUNDS!!! That's crazyness. I tried to find some articles on how and why and when weight comes off the way it does, but didn't really find much.

Anyone have similar experiences or read articles about this phenomenon?


Mon. Feb 5, 1:45pm

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granted I had a stomach flu, but I lost four pounds this week and I couldn't get out of bed except to run/ sprint to the bathroom!

Monday, February 05, 2007, 1:48 PM

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Your metabolism may have slowed down to accomodate the lower number of calories (1200). When you started eating more, your metabolism started to "rev up" again and burn more calories. The theory behind this is kind of "feast or famine" mentality where if your body thinks it's starving, your metabolism slows down so you can hold on to your fat stores in case another meal isn't right around the corner. I have known a lot of people to have this same experience.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 2:02 PM

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It's not craziness...it's usually dehydration and it comes back on, though sometimes not until your cold/flu is 100% through your system.

Also, a vacation from your usual diet routine often shakes things up and gets the weight moving. It's a good argument for trying new foods, new workouts, etc.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 2:02 PM

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I've read this...

Fluctuate Calories

Zigzagging calories is by far one of the most effective methods for keeping your metabolism revved. Homeostasis is the action your body takes to "remain stable." In other words, if you drop your calories, your body will try to slow your metabolism in order to keep things the same.

By zigzagging calories, you may be able to thwart this mechanism. Some people zigzag day by day - for example, if their target is 2000 calories, they'll consume 1800 one day and 2200 the next. I prefer to consume low calories for a week or two, and then raise calories for a week, and then drop them again

Monday, February 05, 2007, 2:14 PM

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A calorie is a unit of heat, specifically. If you have a fever..... You see where this is going. In order to maintain the higher body temperature, your metabolism is amped right up!

I can tell you I had bacterial pneumonia last year and could barely get out of bed. I was eating coconut milk (one of the most fattening things on earth, I swear!) straight out of the can because there wasn't anything else in the kitchen that I could imagine eating. I lost ten pounds of "real" weight, not water weight, in a week. Obviously, I would not recommend this weight loss method.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 2:27 PM

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