|Corporation Beach, Cape Cod, MA|
The following picture shows what happened to me.
30-day report from My Fitness Pal
Slow and steady progress, until . . .
I'd proudly stuck to my weight-loss goal of half a pound per week, but while on the road, had managed to gain two pounds in a mere six days. Two pounds may not sound like a lot, but it represents four weeks' worth of progress. It felt like a big setback.
But, upon reflection, I realized that two pounds would represent approximately 7,000 extra calories, or 1,000 extra calories EACH DAY that I was gone. This seemed highly unlikely, especially as I'd kept tracking my food (and do acknowledge that I went "over" on a couple of days, with no regrets) and made sure to meet my "steps" goals, except on the days that I was driving.
Then I remembered the passage in The Diet Fix where Dr. Freedhoff discussed those dramatic overnight weigh gains after a night of partying. (I don't have the book anymore, so I can't give the exact quote.) He cautioned that one should not be discouraged. A small spate of unhealthy eating could produce water retention as the body worked to purge toxins.
I'd certainly drunk a good bit of alcohol and had eaten some (delicious) restaurant meals that likely had more salt and fat than I eat at home. And, though I had packed healthy lunches, I'd succumbed to temptation and eaten some processed foods while on the road.
And, sure enough, you'll see that the pounds seem to have dropped off in record time. I can tell you that I have not taken any extra measures to do so -- I haven't reduced my calorie intake or increased my walking. I've just gone back to my regular weight-loss program.
And, as my niece Melissa reminded me, "It's still great, don't cheat yourself out of accomplishments :) ." And this chart puts it all into perspective.
|90-day report from My Fitness Pal|
It's just a blip in the road.