Weight loss roller coaster ~TJ38

Here I am, with millions of others, on the weight loss roller coaster, dips, peaks, twists and turns. Sometimes it feels like you only have to look at a doughnut to put on weight.

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On other days you can eat fish and chips and knickerbocker glories (an ice – cream sundae) all day long and lose weight, there is no apparent rhyme or reason to it – until that is you meet someone like Steve.

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Steve brings all the power of modern technology to bear on the situation, trends” he says, just watch the “trends”. Forget the daily figures (they just give you the data) for the trend. It is the trend that is most important.

If that is downwards you are losing weight overall and need not worry about the ups and downs of daily weighing. Take a look at the graph of the “data” and the graph of the data with a trend line added.

 . . see the trend line v’s data post here . .

[ If you don’t want to weigh daily and really don’t want to constantly hop on and off the scale – then that’s great – “scales are for fish” after-all.

If you find yourself doing weight measurement frequently and cannot follow the “weigh in every two weeks” and ‘don’t stress about it in between’ philosophy it is worth remembering body weight is actually constantly changing. It may vary by several pounds or more from day to day or even during the same day without there being any significant “Real” weight change.

The theory behind the weigh each week or 2 weeks is that the trend will be seen not the daily variations. In practice this may NOT be the case – those 2 measurements 2 weeks or a week apart MAY be even more inaccurate and unhelpful in tracking the underlying trend in body fat change.

So do what works for you – there is very rarely only one correct solution or methodology to any of life’s more complex issues – did I forget to say everyone is unique and different in their own special way too. ]


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