Another disclaimer: there are exceptions to everything I learned (except that 1 pound = 1 pound... that's always true).
So. What did I learn and observe?
- losing weight is hard. Oh, yeah, you probably knew that.
- losing weight is easier when you are younger. If you are younger than 40 and want to lose weight, don't wait!
- a pound of muscle does NOT weigh more than a pound of fat. 1 pound = 1 pound. However, muscle is more dense and takes up less space. That means...
- use your measurements as well as the scale to register progress!
- people have patterns of weight loss. For example, you may lose for 3 weeks and then hold steady the next. Maybe you lose for 4, gain the next week, then lose for 4 weeks again.
- That means that 3 to 4 weeks into a weight loss plan is too soon to decide if you are on a plateau.
- Hormones can be evil.
- Losing weight is harder for women.
- A big exercise day is sometimes followed by a weight gain.
- It's definitely better NOT to weigh every day. Really once a week is a good idea, but I usually can't hold out that long.
- I don't always practice what I preach.
- What works for one person, might not work for the next.
- Writing down everything you eat, even if you are not calculating calories or points or whatever, can be useful.
- Being honest about what you write down is also useful.
- Being honest about how much you exercise is also useful... there are lots of great apps out there to help you record your exercise.
- Exercise is important for everyone, even if you aren't trying to lose weight.
- Losing weight slower seems to be better for long term maintenance.
That's it for now. And I just want to add that while my reasons for losing weight are for health concerns, I'm not gonna lie and say those are the only reasons. No matter what your views on weight loss are, I do believe that a person's weight is a personal matter.