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    Dec 23 2011 I weighed 212. This was at the end of a sustained period of conscious overeating and frequent weight training. I went on vacation to Egypt and did not really consciously diet or exercise. I did tone down the eating quite a bit, and did a ton of walking, but I also went pretty far off the primal food track while there (NOT a paleo-friendly cuisine). I came back less than 48 hours ago. Since I've been back I have been 100% calorie-restricted primal with no cheats, and an intention to lose 2 inches off the waist.
    Just did a light strength workout, Jan 18 2012, and weighed myself (same high-quality scale as 3.5 weeks ago) - 202!

    So, ok - I did not lose 10 lb of fat in less than a month without trying. But how much water weight from carbs and inflammation do you think I was carrying at that last weigh-in? Like 7-10 lb? That seems a lot for a decent weight, moderately in shape guy. I'm just trying to get a handle on this, as I told myself I'd want to lose at least ten lb of fat, then at the first weigh in, I had already lost that amount. Head scratcher....
    Last edited by tfarny; 01-18-2012, 01:26 PM.
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    Fighters your size often cut 20-30 lbs of weight for a fight, and are much leaner than you(or pretty much anyone). Humans can store a lot of water. You also likely lost a little muscle. You may have also lost some fat over your vacation from destressing.

    Bottom line, I don't know, but congrats on hitting your goal!
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    • #3
      Definitely a lot of water. I've peed/sweated out 5-7lbs from a long 2-hour sprint/cardio practice before, and I'm only 5'4" xD
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      • #4
        The answer is all
        Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
        Starting Weight: 294 pounds
        Current Weight: 235 pounds
        Goal Weight: 195 pounds

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        • #5
          I could lose 10 pounds in 24 hours, no problem. Considering I'm not a fighter and all of my "making weight" knowledge came from a 15 minute google session, that's really not a big accomplishment.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bane View Post
            I could lose 10 pounds in 24 hours, no problem. Considering I'm not a fighter and all of my "making weight" knowledge came from a 15 minute google session, that's really not a big accomplishment.
            Thanks for the encouragement! It just kind of puts newbie weight loss in perspective a bit, I guess. BTW I didn't feel dehydrated and I'd just eaten lunch. I'll post an update in a couple of weeks here.
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            • #7
              depends on how you look at it imho ... was it really water? perhaps some .. was it "wheat belly"? perhaps some ..

              i dropped 15lbs the first week .. couldnt have all been water because it never came back .. 35 first month about if i remember right .. maybe a lil less .. stay focused, and you shall see it NOT come back ..
              started at 310 July 23rd 2011 ... workin and workin!

              my journal - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread34980.html



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              • #8
                Originally posted by touchdowntodd View Post
                depends on how you look at it imho ... was it really water? perhaps some .. was it "wheat belly"? perhaps some ..

                i dropped 15lbs the first week .. couldnt have all been water because it never came back .. 35 first month about if i remember right .. maybe a lil less .. stay focused, and you shall see it NOT come back ..
                Well - "wheat belly" is not a substance, it's just another word for fat bellies. My belly contains fat and muscle, organs, bacteria and feces, but it doesn't contain any "wheat belly." Obviously I lost some combination of fat, muscle, water, and feces. And since I ate MUCH MORE wheat on vacation than I had in the previous year, I doubt it was gluten-induced inflammation. I'll weigh again in a couple weeks. My main benchmark is a specific pair of now extremely-tight slacks I have. Last month I couldn't button them, yesterday I could but there was some serious squeeze and muffin-top action. When they are reasonably comfortable, my work will be done.
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                • #9
                  So my scientific curiosity led to me wondering why my Gap 32-34 jeans are perfectly comfortable, while my Banana Republic (same company) 32-34 slacks are almost impossible to get on. The BR slacks are my "weight loss benchmark" because I want to fit into them comfortably before I go back to the heavy weight training. Turns out the interior radius of the jeans is 37.5" while the slacks are 36" - same company, same 32" supposed waist size. Talk about vanity sizing!
                  In other news, I was wondering some more about my rapid apparent weight loss. Did some work on fitday, hadn't been there in a long time. They say I've run up a 2600 calorie deficit in the past two days - in other words, "eating moderately, not drinking, staying low carb" tends to mean large caloric deficits (for me).
                  If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                  • #10
                    Different scale today (fancy new digital one at a different gym) - 203, so the original scale was not off and I indeed lost 10 lb by eating wheat and not exercising hard for a month.
                    If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                    • #11
                      you could consider the fact taht you did almost an extended carb feed while eating all that wheat .. resetting your body and getting you back into hyper fat burn mode ... some people do carb refeeds without the work out to get this effect .. tricking your body basically into thinking its in its old carb fed state, and then forcing it to start burning fat faster (doesnt work for everyone)
                      started at 310 July 23rd 2011 ... workin and workin!

                      my journal - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread34980.html



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                      • #12
                        Well, you could be right, but under that theory then we should all alternate between CW and primal repeatedly for weight loss. I mean, I wasn't very LC before, I didn't really diet on vacation, I dunno. Maybe around 200 is my "set point" and I immediately drop to it when I set down the fork for a second or two. That would be nice as long as a 200 lb weight came along with a 300 squat and a 400 dead.
                        If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                        • #13
                          Saw my Linea Alba pretty clearly for the first time this morning - that puts me pretty close to "as lean as I realistically need to be for athletic performance" which is basically my goal.
                          I didn't have a 6 pack even as a 150 lb 6 foot teenager.
                          If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                          • #14
                            water filter

                            Nice ! by taking Luke warm water we can lose huge amount of water .water filter are the best and awesome.

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