2.8 is a beautiful number

2.8 is the amount in pounds of my weight loss after the first week on my new strategic eating plan – six small meals a day at 7,10,1,4,7 10. I did not concentrate on quality, only on eating at the proper times and listening to my body in order to not overeat. The result, I lost 2.8 pounds in one week.

I understand that according to those in the know, 1 or 2 pounds a week is appropriate and healthy, but I don’t believe in cookie-cutter answers. It sounds to me as ridiculous as drinking 8 glasses of water a day, no matter your size. It just does not make sense to me and let me tell you why. A person that weights 400 pounds and goes into a sensible eating plan, like six meals a day, and starts doing 10 minutes of walking a day (because that is how much they can do before they feel like they are going to drop dead) will probably loose more than 2 pounds a week in the beginning. Watch the “Biggest Looser” and you will understand what I mean. If you do all this and get regular checkups from your doctor, I am sure that you will find this to be your new reality until your body gets used to it and then you need to add more exercise or make sure that you are eating the healthiest food combinations possible.

Now I am not saying that because I weighted 205 pounds last Friday, there is a set number of pounds that I can loose. I am just celebrating the obvious joy of loosing a little bit more than I thought I would. And, let’s be honest. I would not mind at all if I keep on loosing 2.8 pounds a week for the next 10 or 20 weeks. I would get back to my goal weight in no time if that was possible. We will just have to keep averaging our weight loss and keep an eye on it.

Keep trying.


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