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  • Weight always goes up and down on a daily basis. It depends on how much waste you have in your system (some things take longer to digest), how much salt you've eaten (water retention), how much exercise you've done (a lot of exercise can cause you to retain water, which helps to heal the muscles), how much sleep you've…
  • A lot of people lose quickly the first week or two, and then it seems to stop for a while. That is because much of the initial weight loss is water. When you cut carbs, your body retains less water. The first time I did Atkins I lost 14 pounds the first two weeks, then nothing for the next month or more. Eventually you get…
  • If you are eating a low carb diet, you may get constipated because of a lack of fiber. If you aren't eating much fat, that can slow you down. If you aren't drinking enough water, you will also get stopped up. Try drinking more water and eating more fiber. If that doesn't work, go to a doctor.
  • You can run fast, for your age, but you are not likely to run as fast as you did in your teens. We all slow down as we get older, that's why awards in races are given by age group and why races like Boston or New York Marathon have different qualification standards based on age. Starting over again as a runner, you can…
  • I don't and won't fast. I tried it briefly in the distant past. I was starving all the time and worse, I became utterly obsessed with food. All I thought about was my next meal. It was completely unsustainable for me. My sister used to fast a lot. (True fasting, not IF.) She had a lot of health issues as a result. That…
  • At this point, I figure it is inevitable that we will get Covid, though we've managed to avoid it so far, AFAIK. Each variation has been more contagious but less virulent. Hopefully that will continue to be the case. I am hoping that the vaccinations I got will at least allow my immune system a chance to fight, though it…
  • That's what the machine says. it's a NordicTrack. MFP gives me slightly more (i.e. 160-170) but I go by the machine numbers since I know both do gross calories, not net.
  • It depends on how fast you are cycling and what the resistance is set at. For me, 30 minutes on the bike supposedly burns about 150 calories if I do 11-12 miles. When my husband does 30 minutes on the bike he only goes about 5 miles so burns a lot fewer calories.
  • It is difficult to try to lose a lot of weight while training for a marathon. You get really hungry and you need to fuel your runs sufficiently or they will not be productive. I assume you are just now starting training? (Most plans are 16-20 weeks.) You don't say how much weight you hope to lose, but I definitely wouldn't…
  • I also had a very easy menopause. No hot flashes, just an occasional warm one. No heavy bleeding, just fewer and fewer periods until I was only bleeding one day a year and then, after a few years, none. It didn't impact my weight, AFAIK. My weight yoyoed a bit, depending on eating and exercise habits. When I was…
  • I think it's great that MFP gives you credit for the exercise you do. It means that I am able to balance actual calories in-calories out so I don't undereat or overeat. The way MFP is set up, your deficit is built in to your net calorie goal. So if you need 2000 calories to maintain your weight and you want to lose one…
  • I ignore elevation as well when logging and just consider it bonus burn. If I do a good hike or trail run, I may allow myself to go over my goal for the day, but usually not by a lot.
  • Give it a month. Drink 4 liters a day and don't weigh yourself. Give your body a chance to get back in balance. Three days isn't enough.
  • I exercise because I enjoy the feeling I get after working hard. I may or may not be in the mood when I start, but I do it anyway because I know how I'll feel when I'm finished. After years of exercising almost every day, discipline and habit get me out there whether I feel motivated or not. I know that I will be happier…
  • The weight gain you see on the scale is temporary. When your body is dehydrated, it will hold on to every ounce of water it can. Once you are hydrated consistently, it will stop holding on to it. Try drinking 3-4 quarts of water a day for a month. If your pee is clear, drink a bit less, if it's dark, drink more. Stop…
  • I have noticed that according to my Garmin, I get almost no deep sleep, which is unlikely since I usually sleep pretty well and wake up feeling rested. I decided to ignore it since I can't consciously change my sleep quality, AFAIK.
  • I'm not a subscriber. What did it say?
  • A lot of the weight loss in the first couple of weeks is water, especially if you switch from a high carb diet to a lower carb diet. Once your body gets used to the way of eating, the water doesn't fluctuate as much, so you may see apparent weight gain. It isn't fat, but then, the 5 lbs. lost the first week isn't fat…
  • I have the same kind of body. I lost 55 lbs. and got down to about 119 at my thinnest. (I've since put back a few pounds, by choice.) My upper body is bony, with almost no breasts and prominent ribs. My thighs and calves are large, and though they did slim down when I lost weight, they will never look like a model's. I am…
  • How long have you been tracking your food intake? Are you being careful to include everything, including things like drinks and condiments? Are you weighing your food? For weight loss, what you eat is less important than how many calories you are eating. You can get fat on very healthy food. You can also lose weight eating…
  • I lost about 50 lbs from my high of 177 12 years ago. I have maintained that loss for about 10 years. For losing weight it was two things: 1) I realized that although there was a lot in my life I had no control over, I did control what I put in my mouth, therefore the only thing stopping me from losing weight was me. 2) I…
  • It's also possible that if you get stressed at traffic etc., the fitbit is registering raised heartrate as exercise.
  • Aren't you supposed to quarantine? How did your coworkers feel about you coming back to work with Covid?
  • I understand your problem. I have done low carb diets and lost weight, but always ended up gaining it back because the way of eating wasn't sustainable for me long term. Find a way of eating that you can follow for years, not just a few weeks. Low carb was good for me in that it taught me that many of the foods I ate…
  • That's not a very exciting section of the PCT, but it isn't all that difficult either. Lots of horses, IIRC. Lots of little lakes but not much in the way of views. The area in the Three Sisters Wilderness is a more scenic part of the PCT in Oregon, but it also gets very crowded.
  • I thruhiked the PCT in 2000 and have rehiked some sections since then as well. (I also hiked the AT, CDT and GDT.) Best thing you can do now is walk as much as you can and go backpacking on weekends to get used to carrying a full pack and the logistics of camping. Climbing stairs can be good training, as long as you don't…
  • You say that if it's there, you'll pick at it, so make sure that the food you have around is not high calorie or highly tempting. Pick at carrots or celery or broccoli instead of nuts and crackers and cookies.
  • If you have two hours or so between getting home and dinner, that is a great time for a walk or workout or to do something productive in the garden or around the house. If you're starving, eat a banana or apple to hold you over, and then get busy.
  • 22 minutes of walking is probably about 1 mile or about 2000 steps. That still keeps you in the sedentary category, though since you are a big guy, you burn a fair amount of calories on your walks. Making a big change in your eating habits takes time to adjust to. If you are consistent, you will get used to eating less.…
  • Stress can do that. I had various periods of my life, from college to menopause, where my periods stopped for a couple of months at a time, not related to weight loss necessarily, but lifestyle changes. It also happened when I was long distance hiking (6 month hikes) so my body was under a lot of stress. At the time I was…
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