Cheers for your input @maxnas…and with luck some readers will need the further pointers you’ve given. I’m luckily a few weeks past that ‘flukey’ first week, or similar, where most of a sizeable weightloss is attributable to a significant loss of water…this is second week of my third consecutive group, so call that 10 weeks where I’ve lost steadily, never a ‘gain’ week and only one, possibly two, where the weight stayed level.
I’ve lost 22 lbs and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to calculate the average of 2.2 lbs a week. Of course, you and @Darren_Welch will not have been following my personal journey in my quest and so will not know my ‘modus operandi’ …
For sure weightloss is not rocket science: I keep it simple. I’ve likely bored other group members with the mantra ’ You can’t out-train a poor diet’ …my belief is that no-one is ever going to lose weight in the gym, on a bike, or plodding the streets. But exercise IS good for the soul, WILL help raise the ardent would-be dieter to raise their metabolic rate if the physical effort is strenuous enough for their personal circumstances.
Good food choices are made him the supermarket, not in the fridge or larder (cue more yawning from previous group members!)…my journey to date has NOT been perfect, even if the week-on-week linear decline could suggest it has been…but any minor hiccups have been due to a certain obstinate liking for the odd bottle of sauvignan blanc…then again I was in deepest French France for three weeks during one group and, during that time actually travelling in motorhome, so unable to exercise.
Over the ten weeks I’ve probably averaged every third day in the gym for weights (I generally go 3x a week for upper body weights)…I don’t take off my jim-jams unless I’m likely to do an absolute minimum of one hour and in that respect I totally agree with @Darren_Welch… I’ve done a 50 minute to one hour fasted Wattbike ride before work on many occasions, and I’ve pi££ed off definitely one, but probably a few more by quite regularly posting about a particular 58 miles road bike circuit I was knocking out on alternate days earlier in my quest.
I could be more forthright in offering guidance and support to fellow dieters, given some of the choices made, but I know that life attempting to lose weight IS hard, and is MUCH more a mental battle than a physical one.
Certain folk have, however, embraced my fairly hard-line and ‘focussed’ approach and input, and I don’t ever recall being too patronising or harsh in any comments, ALL of which have been made with the very best of intentions.
I genuinely hope that this ‘For One Week ONLY’’ thread and the ‘experiment’ @TommyD and I are undertaking might be read by at least one other person and learn something that might help THEIR journey.
I think the lesson could well be understanding the absolute value of almost each and every nutritious calorie that we consume…that (apart from the temporary ‘joy’ it may bring) scoffing another jammy-dodger or doughnut is a daft sabatage to any weight loss effort and a partial undoing of any exercise regime they might be following. I’m hopeful folk will become all the more aware of the difference between healthy-only calories and ‘wasted’ calories.
Maybe a far less extreme goal for readers could be to consume, for example, only 3 times the amount that you’ve burned through exercise, or 2 times… still hard, but it just might be a way forward…who knows?.. without experiment?
Anyway, Sunday morning sermon from the mount over… I’m off for a full body MOT courtesy of my missus and David Lloyd clubs (she’s the member, not me)…I’m going to find out my current body fat percentage and set new goals for after this week’s end…
I trust Tommy you’ve had a cracking bike ride today, and I’ll be dead chuffed if we BOTH finish this week having adhered pretty-much exactly to the rules, because the potential lessons could be all the more notable if two of us can concur at the end.