Wait on the Weight

So the first week of Tweightloss has come and gone. According to Audrey the numbers are awesome. Seems that the combined loss from all contestants so far is around 116lbs!! Surprise

So I thought I’d touch a lil’ more on the human body, the human condition, and the effort of losing weight.

Lets re-visit some of my previous thoughts on weight loss from my Core Curriculum Post:

  1. The area of your body that has your ‘abs’ has now been referred to as your core. The term abs is an older term that we ‘old-schoolers’ have used. Your CORE refers to not only your abs but all the muscles involved in stabilizing your spine, pelvis and shoulder complex. Ironically it involves the same area as your abs.
  2. There is no such thing as spot reduction. Just because you want to trim your waistline, or desire to have that six-pack look, does not mean you can target that area of your body with core exercises and expect to see that excess flab disappear. We human beings do not get to chose which part of our fatty bodies loses our flubber first.
  3. Eating more healthy alone can help you lose weight. Exercising alone can help you lose weight. Just imagine if you combined the two??
  4. Sit ups only accomplish one thing… a sore neck. Sit ups do not give you a 6-pack!
  5. 1 lb of fat = 3500 calories
  6. Counting calories will buy you a ticket to the insane asylum
  7. When you eat matters almost more than what you eat
  8. And lastly DIETS DON’T WORK

I recently received an email from the Healthy Lifestyle Bloggers about safely losing weight. It discussed the amount of weight you lose per week can and is proportional to your overall weight loss success. The take home message being, the human body can and only should lose roughly 2lbs per week. Anything above that, is simply transitional and temporary.

I thought this was an important subject for all my Tweightloss participants, as well as my fellow TeamStrong members.

Even with a 12 week contest, you should safely and effectively be able to lose roughly 25lbs. Now this may not seem like a lot of weight, and for most people it isn’t. But losing the weight slowly guarantees permanency.

If you lose a large amount of weight in a short amount of time, you will gain it back. Yes, you will. Whether you like it or not, whether you believe it or not it’s true.  The weight you lose in the beginning of your trimming journey is simply water weight. Please refer to my Dying to Diet post. Here are some thoughts from that post:

  1. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SPOT REDUCTION- you will not and cannot lose weight just in a particular area of your body!
  2. MULTIPLY THE TIME IT TOOK FOR YOU TO GAIN THE WEIGHT BY 3 OR 4, AND THAT IS HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO LOSE IT – sorry it’s true, anything else is just a temporary loss and you will gain it back
  3. THEY DON’T CALL THEM FAD DIETS FOR NOTHING
  4. YO-YO DIETS ARE MORE POPULAR THAN EVER BEFORE
  5. WEIGHT LOSS IS A SIMPLE MATH EQUATION: GET RID OF AND BURN OFF MORE THAN YOU TAKE IN
  6. YOU WILL NOT LOSE WEIGHT IF YOU CAN’T ACCOMPLISH #5, NO MATTER HOW MANY PILLS YOU TAKE
  7. WE ARE A CONVENIENCE SOCIETY – we love to be lazy. When was the last time you purposefully parked farther away when shopping?
  8. DISCIPLINE AND PATIENCE ARE EQUAL PARTNERS IN THIS GAME OF LOSING WEIGHT
  9. THINK ABOUT THE FOOD YOU ARE PUTTING INTO YOUR SYSTEM – are you living to eat, or eating to live?
  10. NO MATTER WHAT RESULTS YOU GET DO NOT POINT FINGERS – the only person responsible for your weight is you.

So if you are participating in Tweightloss, or are simply on the losing weight journey, please be patient. The benefits will come, take your time. If it came off really fast, it’s going to go back on really fast.

All you have to do is figure out how to cut out 500 calories a day from your diet and you can lose 1lb a week just like that. 500calories X 7 days = 3500 calories = 1 lb.

One last topic of discussion for weight loss. Everyone wants to target certain areas of their body where they want to ‘trim the fat’.Here’s the skinny on body area fat.(no pun intended..well maybe) Men and Women lose weight differently.

Men: we lose weight in our face and necks first, then our thighs, eventually our butts, and finally your waistline.

Women: you also lose weight in the face and neck first, then your arms and/or legs, thighs are usually next, followed by your butt and lastly your waistline.

Did you notice what body area is last to lose the weight? Guess which body area is the most popular choice when wanting to ‘trim the fat’? Hmm.

And you wonder why most individuals either believe they have failed, or find the effort of losing weight a lost cause. Because the one area of their body they use as a measuring tool for lost weight, is the last area they will see any results!!!

As always take care of yourselves and yours. Carpe Diem

 

 

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6 Responses

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  2. Nice post! Much detail that will benefit all……Go Tweightloss! 🙂

  3. @ Mark Thanks. As always.

  4. Some great weight loss tips here. Love the point about it being quite a simple maths equation but it is so true. If you burn more calories than you consume (either by consuming less or exercising more) you will lose weight. There’s lots of things that can help you lose weight but ultimately it boils down to that simple tip.

  5. @ Tom Thanks. That’s my new rebuttle to someone asking me how to lose weight. How good are you at math?

  6. Thanks, I enjoyed reading your post. Its nice to see someone writing something worth reading. Take care.

    – Jack

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