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  • This is not normal. The Mayo Clinic, a respected US hospital, recommends seeing a doctor if you have a sudden case of tinnitus (ringing in the ears): https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156
  • If you're not very physically active and you go into a calorie deficit, you'll probably reduce the amount of glycogen your muscles store. For each gram of glycogen lost, the body will also shed 4 grams of water that is stored with the glycogen. For that reason, you often see a big loss in the first few weeks of a diet.…
  • Most online calculators are based on the MET estimates in the Compendium of Physical Activities, which was designed to produce standard encoding of activities to ensure consistency across different research studies, NOT to produce accurate numbers for individuals. For running, the Compendium is reasonably accurate, but not…
  • I lost about 1.1 pounds per week for the first six months, then about 0.7 pounds per week for the next six months, then about 0.4 pounds per week for the next six months, and then about 0.25 pounds per week for the last six months. It worked fine. You have to be a lot more careful about logging carefully if you're going to…
  • Weight loss is all about the calories. If you think you're running a consistent calorie deficit, but you're not losing weight, then you're either overestimating calories burned by activity or underestimating the amount you're eating.
  • I had it in my early 20s and I recall it lasting a couple of weeks. Not a lot of fun. It was nearly 30 years ago, so I'm hazy on the details. Walking was OK.
    in Pleurisy Comment by bwogilvie March 2019
  • Seconding this point. The fact that the basic principles are simple doesn't mean that it's easy. For the first few weeks of a serious calorie deficit, your body is going to respond by making you hungry. I found that after that, it gets easier.
  • If you have a bike, a smart trainer will give you an equally good workout for a lot less. You can get a very good trainer like the Wahoo Kickr Core for under $1000, and there are even cheaper options: https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/11/trainer-buyers-recommendations-guide.html Personally, I ride on a set of rollers with a…
  • If you're not currently running regularly, and it has been several months since you've done so, I recommend starting with 3 days a week, to allow sufficient recovery time for your bones and connective tissue. One study showed that after 6 months of detraining, bone density increases associated with high-impact training had…
  • Congratulations on starting! Run/walk programs are a great way to start, and a lot of people stick with them even after they finish. Jeff Galloway even argues that slower runners can cover more distance with a run/walk plan than they can if they run continuously, because the short walk breaks allow for a faster running…
  • Jumping rope is an effective exercise that you can do at home, though you need to measure the rope carefully if you're going to use it with a standard 8-foot ceiling. Another possibility is a circuit workout like the "seven minute workout" from the New York Times, which you can build up to doing 3 or 4 times to fill out 30…
  • A recent editorial in JAMA observed that much research on the health effects of foods is far less clear-cut than press releases and media reports present it, especially when claims are made about single foods. Take it with a grain of salt.
  • Sometimes that should be translated: "Because your BMI is over an arbitrary limit, your insurance company won't reimburse me for seeing you unless I suggest that you should lose weight and then record in your EMR [electronic medical record] that I did so."
  • Have you been screened for depression? It sounds like you might have overtrained with the cycling, which can cause burnout and a lack of interest, but it could also be a mood disorder. Leaving aside a medical problem, I think the best way to get back into a healthy way of living is to make it a habit. Start doing some…
  • Are you always wearing the same clothes when you're weighed? If not, that can make a big difference. Plus, weekly weigh-ins can be affected by normal day-to-day fluctuations. If one week you're somewhat dehydrated, and the next week you are retaining water, your scale weight can go up even if you've lost fat.
  • Since I got back into running, I run a few times a week when I'm on vacation—usually at a pretty easy pace, as a way of seeing some of the sights. I also walk a lot. I keep telling myself I should do some bodyweight exercises, but I'm not very diligent about them when I'm away from home. I do a lot of cycling at home, and…
  • It depends on what you do and how much money you're willing to spend. Ray Maker's in-depth reviews and recommendations are worth checking out: https://www.dcrainmaker.com https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2017/11/winter-technology-recommendations.html His gadget recommendations are divided into sections; depending on your…
  • If you do Reddit (much of which is good, though there are a lot of cesspools too), go to http://www.reddit.com/r/running and check out the sidebar on the right, which has Mike Kessler's excellent "Running Order of Operations" on how to progress as a runner. You first gradually work up to being able to run 5K three times a…
  • If this is an option, go for it. Best of both worlds. That said, my father-in-law used to do a lot of last-minute travel for 1 week to 1 month, and he found he could cook a sufficient variety of food with a George Foreman electric grill and prepared food at supermarkets. He was pretty tolerant of eating grilled steak or…
  • Like everyone else says, trust the program, and just make sure that you run slowly enough that you can talk in complete sentences.
  • Vanity sizing has even hit men's clothing, as this article in Esquire explained nearly a decade ago: https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/a8386/pants-size-chart-090710/
  • Dill pickles and peperoncini are my go-to low-calorie snacks.
  • Over the course of a year, the typical adult eats between 700,000 and one million calories, and yet the homeostatic feedback system of hunger and satiety is so finely tuned that many of them maintain a more or less constant weight, or just gain a few ounces a year. That's despite widely varying activity levels from day to…
  • As others have said, it's almost certainly water weight. I have occasionally gone up or down more than 4 pounds from one day to the next! Since you're getting good results overall, keep doing what you're doing and don't stress over a fluctuation like that.
  • Before seeking out a specialist, take a look at these stickied posts in the forum: http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10300331/most-helpful-posts-getting-started-must-reads/p1 I particularly like this one:…
    in Doctor Comment by bwogilvie March 2018
  • If you're eating in a significant deficit, then there's no way you could have gained 3 pounds of fat in a week. It's water weight. Depending on what I eat and how much I exercise, I've sometimes fluctuated by nearly 5 pounds from one day to the next. As long as the trend is downward, no need to worry about the occasional…
  • C25K is a great way to start running. Whether you should do additional exercise depends on what you were doing before. If you've been doing strength training and cardio circuits regularly, there's no reason not to continue them when you're doing C25K. Improvement comes from a combination of stress and rest. C25K workouts…
  • For what it's worth, I had a similar feeling, though not as severe, for the first 3 weeks or so of my weight loss. It got a lot better after that. Interestingly, 3 weeks or so is about how long it takes to adapt to a low carbohydrate, high fat diet (LCHF), which makes me wonder whether the feeling is related to the fact…
  • For what it's worth, losing weight at any age is hard. I turned 45 a few weeks after I started losing weight in 2013, and I was nearly 47 when I reached my target. In other words, it took me 2 years to lose 65 lb. This web page is a little blunt but it is spot on:…
  • Like @shadow2soul, I exercise almost every day, but I have 1-2 active recovery days a week when I'll take a walk, or do 20 minutes of easy cycling or rowing on the erg, to offset the days when I do more intensive activities.
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