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Started by bgmnts, August 29, 2021, 01:08:06 PM
Quote from: popcorn on August 30, 2021, 05:40:36 PMUntil a few years ago I was a big fatty. Moved to Japan and lost loads and loads of weight by accident, just by virtue of living in a different country and having a different lifestyle. Shagged every woman in Japan. Moved back to the UK 2 years ago and put lots of it back on again. Had no sex.This Feb I decided to lose it again. For the first time in my life I have been consciously eating and exercising with a goal of weight loss. I've lost 16kg (2.5 stone) so far.The advice I would give to anyone who wants to lose weight is this:Get a pair of digital scales (mine cost £15) so you get a nice easy-to-read measurement.Get a calorie counting app. It will tell you how many calories to eat each day (it will do this based on your current weight, age etc). Remember you can still eat crisps and chocolate and junk! It just means you have to have a smaller dinner. It's like choosing what to put in your briefcase in Resident Evil.Use the calorie counter for a week. That's it. Just a week. You're not committing to any big diet or lifestyle change or exercise plan or anything like that. You're just doing an experiment.During this week, each morning, get up, have a piss (and a shit if it's your shitting time), take all your clothes off and weigh yourself. Write down what you weigh each day.At the end of the week see what you have learnt about yourself and your body.If anyone wants any advice or wants to hear about what worked for me in detail I'm happy to talk through it, just PM me.
Quote from: poo on August 30, 2021, 09:03:00 PMabsolutely do not weigh yourself every day (once a week - recommend Friday morning)
Quote from: poo on August 30, 2021, 09:16:46 PMPersonally, I think the inevitable daily fluctuation (which can be startling) is psychologically damaging when you're playing the long game.
Quote from: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on August 30, 2021, 09:48:34 PMI do not recommend weighing oneself every day. Once a week is enough, especially if getting on the scales is emotionally fraught. It's easy to start hopping on it every day and getting angry and despairing because you're up from the day before.
Quote from: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on August 30, 2021, 09:48:34 PMBetter food choices are responsible for 90%-95% of my weight loss. I do exercise, especially now that gyms/classes are running again, but you never burn off as much as you think you do. Exercise will tone you, and it gets me out of the house so I'm not sitting on the computer or in front of the TV mindlessly snacking.
Quote from: popcorn on August 30, 2021, 09:21:48 PMthat is understandable. but think if you worked really hard for a week and then through random statistical chance your scale told you you'd gained half a kilo since last Friday it'd be even more gutting.imo better to go into it knowing fluctuation is all part of the game, and collect better data faster. Seeing the long-term positive trend is cheering.
Quote from: popcorn on August 30, 2021, 09:11:22 PMI personally reckon this is a bad strategy because it makes you vulnerable to data error.You could lose weight over the course of a week but, by sheer randomness, end up weighing the same (or more) on two days 7 days apart.Best strategy is to weigh yourself every day and accept that your weight will fluctuate and not freak out when it goes up instead of down. The more data you collect the more accurately you can chart the trend. The trend is the important thing.edit: reposting an example I gave in an old thread.Here's a real slice of my own weight data. Imagine how misinformed you'd be if you could only see days A and B, or C and D, without the days between.
Quote from: Uncle TechTip on August 30, 2021, 10:23:19 PMMaybe every two days, then?
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on August 30, 2021, 10:19:00 PMCan't stand this bellend but he's on the money here. Weighing yourself every day ceases to be a stressful chore when you know basically what you weigh already. No surprises. I'll also echo the point that more data points mean a clearer trend and you are more motivated to keep going even if you get a duff day's measurement.
Quote from: badaids on August 30, 2021, 10:51:05 PMThis is exactly what I do - it's a buzz to see the downward trend. That's why I weigh myself every 30 seconds.
Quote from: popcorn on August 30, 2021, 09:11:22 PM
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