msehphdjd Posted June 12, 2013 Share Posted June 12, 2013 I wasn't sure where to post this so it just seemed like a post in the forum for starting out might be appropriate. I've been reading a lot of posts in different forums and the issue of having lost weight (or not) on the W30 - and, if so, how much - is a recurrent theme. I'm only on day 12 so I don't know whether I've lost any weight or not. I do know that my clothes fit better. So, I'm writing not from the perspective of having lost or not lost at the completion of a W30. Rather, I'm writing as someone who has spent years on this "diet" or another, or trying this new way of eating or another. And, at the end of it all, I'm still overweight. I know that Dallas and Melissa ask that we not focus on weight, but we all know that for many of us it's an issue. A big issue. And, the truth is, some of us do need to lose pounds. Even if I look better and feel better, if I don't lose any actual poundage, there's still an unhealthy stress on my joints. So, my first thought is that we shouldn't obsess about weight loss, but we should acknowledge that some of us do need to lose weight. Second, I've seen some folks write about weighing, e.g., 124 pounds and being disappointed in having lost only a few pounds. If someone weighting 124 pounds loses 4 pounds that's 3.2% of original body weight. If I lose 3.2% of my starting weight, I will have lost 6.9 pounds. I'm no arithmetic whiz, but I think that's right. The point is, when we see stories of people who have dropped 20 pounds they tend, on average, to have had far more weight that needed losing. I am convinced that our bodies know what is our ideal weight and adjust accordingly. Metabolism is an interesting thing. Please note that I mean 'ideal' in terms of physiology, not contemporary culture and societal dictates. Third, men tend to lose weight more readily than do women. This is especially so if you are a menopausal or post-menopausal woman. There are lots of reasons for this and it doesn't mean it's impossible, but there are hormonal and lifestyle factors that come into play. The W9 actually addresses a good deal of these and age is not insurmountable, at least not with regard to weight! Fourth, I've seen posts that refer to "this diet." The context of those expressions make it sound like the author is writing about "this diet" as a weight loss program. I try to be careful and talk about "diet" meaning how I am eating and not "the diet" or "this diet" as in a temporary way of eating meant to promote weight loss. Don't think about the W30 as "a diet." I know I'm preaching to the choir, in many instances. And, there's a ton of great information on the site about ditching the scale or beating it to smithereens. There are also great posts about how to approach the "W30 experience." But, having just spent about an hour perusing different threads and seeing some people express major disappointment in not having lost more weight, I wanted to post something. Am I seeing positive results already? Yes. Will I be disappointed if the number on the scale doesn't drop? Yes. Regardless of how my clothes fit or how I feel, if I were to lose nothing it would still mean 216 pounds of mass exerting pressure on my knees every time I take a step. So, yes, the loss of actual poundage is meaningful to me. But, will I conclude that the W30 was a failure? No way. I've probably eaten more vegetables (not my favorite) in the last 12 days than in the last six months! Seriously. That's a good thing no matter what the scale tells me. The W30 is about a lifestyle change. The loss of weight is a lovely residual effect for many people. But, keep it in perspective. If you are a woman who is 5'6" and you weight 148 pounds, there's a good chance you don't need to lose weight to be healthy. You might want to lose weight. But, physiologically, you may not need to lose weight. That will have an impact on what you do lose. Please don't send me up in flames. I'm sure that some will disagree with me and that's fine. But, really, at the end of the day, our emphasis should be on how we feel and can 'be' in the world, not some relatively random notion of what the 'right' poundage is - no matter what our (Western) doctors and their charts say. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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