When is it unhealthy?

@soccermom (3200)
United States
June 7, 2007 6:39am CST
I have lost 12 pounds in the last 3 1/2 weeks. I'm pretty proud, my goal was 15-20 and I didn't expect it to happen this fast. My boss mentioned that I am looking skinnier these days, to which I replied "I've lost 12 pounds! Thanks for noticing!" His reply was that rapid weight loss isn't healthy. I haven't been starving myself, I've been eating a lot more veggies, cut out the soda for green tea and water, been more active physically, cut back on prtions and haven't been binging on junk food late at night. I'm not taking diet pills or anything like that. I've always been thin, up until baby number three, and I feel better than I have in a year! I'm sleeping better, I have more energy, and my mental outlook is way better than it was 2 months ago. SO why is it unhealthy? I'm not forcing anything on myself, I'm just eating right.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Hey soccermom! congrats on the weight loss!!! That's a big accomplishment. You've made some major changes to your body, your habits, & your lifestyle. so, yes, the weight is going to come off faster. You are still burning more calories than you take in. Yes, a healthy weight loss is about 2 lbs. a week. That is assuming that you are eating and excersizing about the same as you had before dieting. I've lost 11 lbs. in the last 4 weeks. All I did was cut out the junk food, and started walking at least 30 min. a day. The calories that were coming in as junk food, are finally burning away, because there is nothing else coming in to replace them. Once your body gets used to its new plan, it will plateau, and THAT'S when the REAL dieting comes in. The real hard part on losing. I'm not a doctor/nurse/ or anything in the medical field. This is just the excuse I made up to justify my rapid weight loss. It sounds pretty plausible, though, doesn't it? Besides... Those people on the "biggest loser" lose 5-10 lbs. each week. They are healthy & happy. Keep losing! Stay healthy and happy!!! :)
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
18 Jul 07
Thanks for the BR! How's the weight loss going? Are you still dropping the pounds?
7 Jun 07
I doesn't sound like you are unhealthy at all. I you have just replaced the junk in your diet with healthy foods you are probably far healthier than a lot of people. I know that a lot of people find it really difficult to lose weight and that is probably why they are turning your sucess into something negative. Take no notice and carry on with the good work.
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Thanks for the support michelle! I think what really irritated me that day was that I wasn't flaunting the weight loss, he mentioned it to me. Anyway. I'm excited today because I signed up to actually play soccer for the league picnic in the coaches vs. refs game, usually I just watch, so we'll see how that goes! LOL Hopefully I don't hurt myself!
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
7 Jun 07
well it sounds like you are doing all the right things but that is fast I will have to try this more veggies huh? out of a can or freash?
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
7 Jun 07
I only eat fresh or frozen fruits and veggies, I don't like the way canned ones taste. Plus I heard something about canned veggies losing some of their nutritional value because of processing, so I don't eat them unless I HAVE to.
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• United States
7 Jun 07
If it really was only the result of what you have described then you are doing it the right way. Dont be discouraged if you reach a plateau. You have obviously changed your lifestyle and that seems to be working for you.
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@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
7 Jun 07
In a case such as yours, I don't think that it is unhealthy. As long as you are maintaining the way that you are. I think that everyone loses weight at their own rate of speed. Some can't lose as quickly as others and some can. You might be one that can. You have made a lot of changes so it is natural that your body will make those changes too. It sounds like you are making all the right moves. Don't worry about what others say. As long as you are doing what you are doing and it is healthy and your not starving yourself, more power to you! I am so proud of you! I know you must be excited!
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@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
7 Jun 07
The way you are loosing it is not unhealthy - or at least I would not think it was- I think it is the people who starve themselves to drop it off quickly- or take pills- You have changed your lifestyle it sounds like- Eating better- more exercise- different drinks- You are doing it the right way- Just keep your healthy lifestyle and you'll keep it off!
@sjohnson628 (3197)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I don't think they way you are losing weight is unhealthy at all. I think the first 10 pounds comes off the fastest and then it slows done. At least that is what I have heard. I lost 9 pounds my self though it is barely noticeable (I know it by the scale.) I would like to lose another 15 pounds. Keep up the healthy eating you're doing great!
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
13 Jun 07
It does slow down. This week I only lost 2 pounds, but I figure that means now it's time to introduce more exercise into the mix, the eating healthier part is becoming second nature.
@SarahPT (136)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week. Chances are, even though you say you weren't starving yourself, that you were not providing your body with all that it needed. The body can only lose so much fat before it decides to cut in to muscle mass. It's not good at all to lose muscle mass. Muscle mass is something that we all lose as we age anyway if we don't fight to hang on to it. Along with losing muscle mass goes strength. Losing muscle mass also lowers the metabolism and makes keeping weight off more difficult. And, when we lose muscle mass along with fat as the body gets smaller it won't have that firm, fit look. Losing weight too fast means the body is missing out on vital nutrition. Losing weight too fast also slows down the metabolism. this will mean that future weight loss will be more difficult and future weight gain will be easier. Also, weight lost fast is much more likely to come back on. It's great that you are taking steps toward being healthier and I don't want to sound negetive at all! I hope I was helpful. Sarah Brown www.sarahpersonaltraining.com
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Thanks for your comments Sarah. I was concerned also that I wasn't getting what I needed, but I saw my doctor and he commented that I seem healthier than I was a few months ago. My fingernails have stopped peeling, etc...and last night was the best yet. I was playing with my son and my hubby went "Honey! You're calves are getting defined!" My body is starting to firm up, and last week I ran from my daughters soccer game to my others daughters soccer game (about 1/4 mile away) and didn't even get winded like I usually do. I don't take your response as negative at all, in fact the more we can inform the better!
@butterfly39 (3907)
• Philippines
8 Jun 07
hey!...I'll try that too coz i want to lose weights 20 lbs maybe okey for one month. What do you think?
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• United States
9 Jun 07
I'm not trying to burst your bubble here, but 20 lbs in a month is a herculean task. I'm not saying that you can't do it, but I am saying that you shouldn't set it too high and in such a short time frame because you'll only be setting yourself up to fail. When I lost nearly 20 lbs in 2 months, I didn't really set a time frame. I set a goal as to how much weight I wanted to lose, but I didn't put more pressure on myself by setting 8 weeks as my target time frame. I also didn't weigh myself on a daily basis, in fact, weight loss was not on my mind then. I just went about my daily activities and just kept moving. I guess that's how I lost the weight, by not being so preoccupied by it, if that makes any sense.
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• Canada
8 Jun 07
Way to GO, girl! You're doing great and I wouldn't worry about what your boss said. You are doing everything right and I wish I had your discipline. I went on the Atkins diet about five years ago and it really worked for me. I just had to make sure that I drank enough water to make sure my kidneys were functioning properly. I lost about 45 pounds on the Atkins diet (went from a size 12 to a size 6 over a one year period)and it felt really good not to have to haul all that weight around! I have gained some of the weight back (am now wearing size 10)and I would have to cut out on the junk food (chips, Doritos, and sweets are my downfall--also KFC, Popeye's, McDonald's, Taco Bell--you get the picture.) You, however, have inspired me! I resolve to eat more healthy stuff, starting tomorrow. I promise. I'm just going to have my last bag of Lay's while I go watch CSI, ok? Absolutely the last... ;-}
@soccermom (3200)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I know what you're saying about the snacking while watching TV. I was heartbroken over the Sopranos ending because every Sunday night I'd DVR it, and after everyone went to bed I'd stay up and watch it,just me, myself and a big bowl of Lays. It was my favorite part of the week.
• United States
8 Jun 07
Good for you, soccermom! That was some feat! I'm proud of you and I don't think it is unhealthy because you just did all the things and the results are simply amazing. It's not like you lost the weight by starving yourself or taking diet pills, which I personally won't do and would advise against because of side effects. The better mental outlook must be the effect of endorphins produced by physical activity. A year ago, I lost almost 20 lbs in 2 months by eating veggies and fruits and being active. Sadly, I gained most of it back this year. Time to cut out the junk food and do some exercises. Great job! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me to go back to that feeling.
@soccermom (3200)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Thank YOU for the response! Welcome to myLot! I have to say I don't think I would've been able to stick with it had it not been for all the support I receive from my fellow myLotters. You can do it magic!
@sacmom (14338)
• United States
13 Jun 07
It does seem a little fast (the weight loss that is). But it sounds like your body just adapted to all the good things you've been doing, and quickly. Congratulations on your weight loss and keep up the good work!
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• United States
8 Jun 07
Don't worry about what your boss mentioned. You are doing the right thing and just eating healthy. I noticed too that when you cut back on soda and junk foods and eat right, you will definitely loose some weight. Great job you are doing and continue to do so. I hope I can loose my extra weight after giving birth the soonest too.
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• India
8 Jun 07
Losing 15-20 pounds in 3 1/2 weeks is not unhealthy. The intial loss of weight that people experience when they start excersing is due to loss of fluids and not fat. Therefore they tend to loose more weight at the begining stages of an exercise regimen. Its fat thats harder to burn, which can be done only by following a strict diet but healthy diet and consistent exercise over a period of time. Very often people get misleaded by the term "DIET" which implies healthy eating and not starvation as believed. Starvation is not good for anybody. Personaly I think you are doing the right thing by following a good and well balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle which will boost you metabolism. This will help you loose weight and burn fat in the long run. Keep it up.....
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@kitkat1 (1227)
• Canada
8 Jun 07
I think that this is great when you first start to lose you lose a big amount fast so that is not too much but u will most likely notice the weight lose will slow down a bit now but it will still progress i have lost 50 myself since january i used to weight 230 so i still have a ways to go yet. All i did was get physcially active and eating right and believe me i dont starve myself like to eat to much for that. You are doing great keep up the good work your body will thank you and u will feel so much better.
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@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
8 Jun 07
Since many people try to find the easy way of losing weight...I am sure that they all assumed that you were taking something....since you have managed to loose 12 pounds so quickly.....but my friend, you are doing it the right way....relax....you are feeling the benefits of the changes for a healtier lifestyle....not a "diet".... I am so proud of you!!! Congratulations......I am glad that have followed through with this change and your body is screaming "thank you!!" LOL Thank you for the update...I was wondering how things were going.....
@vampoet (825)
• Singapore
7 Jun 07
I think it is alright as long as you are not starving yourself like what you have mentioned. As long as you are feeling okay and not feeling lethargic throughout the day or getting fainting spells or vomiting whatever you eat, I think it is perfectly fine.
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@Michele21 (3095)
• United States
7 Jun 07
I say good for you!! Your are losng the weight the healthy way so don't worry about what others say!! He probably thought you were doing it the wrong way. I am really proud of you for making such great choices...it is definitely hard to eat right and stay active!! At least for me it is =) I have lost a few pounds too and I am really proud of myself because I am not starving myself or taking pills. I statted running and eating less, which isn't TOO hard =) And the results are great!! I say keep up your good work and don't worry about what other people say!!
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• United States
7 Jun 07
I think most experts say a "healthy" weight loss is 1.5 to 2 lbs. a week. You probably lost some water weight too, which is why you've lost so much so fast. Don't sweat it- if you feel great I wouldn't worry what your boss says! I just saw Oprah's weight loss challenge and some of hese people lost 30 pounds in 4 weeks. They didn't call THAT unhealthy! Sounds like you're doing great, soccermom!
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