One Meal a Day Diet: Week 4 – The Final Week

by David

in Health & Fitness

This is the fourth and final week of my challenge to lose 10lbs of weight eating one meal a day. This is the post that kicked it all off: Losing the last 10lbs eating one meal a day.

See my progress: Week 1Week 2Week 3

I started this at 182 lbs and set a goal of 172 lbs, and as of today I weigh 175 lbs giving me 3 lbs left to lose by Sunday January 8 2012.

I thought it would be good to share the experience of losing the last ten pounds and I’m glad I did because doing this over the Christmas and New Year period was a real test of the diet and my resolve.

I’m conscious that I haven’t provided much detail about the diet, so I’ve written this: The One Meal a Day Diet.

Just for fun I wanted to share a picture with you. I started this diet at 205lbs and after a couple of months I had to change to a smaller belt.

205 lbs vs 176 lbs

This picture was taken on the day I weighed in at 176lbs. It shows the difference in waist size and I think it’s pretty amazing to see the difference.

Week  4
Over the next 7 days I plan to lose the remaining weight to reach my target. But regardless of what I weigh at the end of the week I’m moving on to my next goal.

Normally I’d be starting the week after a ‘cheat day’ on Saturday and 2 meals on Sunday, so I’d expect to have a certain amount of bloat and water weight to lose. But not today, because I tapped into the flexibility of the diet and ate only one meal on both days.

The story so far:
Week 1
Mo 182 –  Tu 180.6 –  We 179 – Th 179.2 – Fr 178.6 – Sa 178.6 – Su 179.8
Week 2
Mo 179 – Tu 179 – We 180.4 – Th 178 – Fr 180.4 – Sa 176 – Su 177.2
Week 3
Mo 180.4 – Tu 178.8 – We 177.2 – Th 176.6 – Fr 176.8 – Sa 176.2 – Su 175.8

Starting Stats:
Male
43 years
6ft

Wk1 Start Weight: 182 lbs
Wk2 Start Weight: 179 lbs
Wk3 Start Weight: 180.4 lbs
Wk4 Start Weight: 175 lbs

Progress this week:
Monday January 2 – 175 lbs
Tuesday January 3 – 174.4 lbs
Wednesday January 4 – 174.2 lbs
Thursday January 5 – 173.8 lbs
Friday January 6 – 173.4 lbs
Saturday January 7 – 173 lbs

Summary:

Monday – Down from 175.8 to 175 lbs

9am: – What a great start to the week! I really feel like I could reach my goal by the end of the week!

5pm: Dinner – Macaroni Cheese. Followed by pear crumble with cream.

7pm: Things are starting to get back to normal around here. The junk food is nearly all eaten and other than my youngest daughter’s impending birthday, there are no other events to interrupt my eating plan until February.

This really was a good start to my week. I’ve lost 30lbs now and that feels fantastic. I don’t feel fat anymore and I’ve stopped thinking of myself as fat and that has made a big difference to the way I think about other things in life.

I didn’t exactly lack confidence before, but I feel so much more confident now that I’ve banished an old foe.

I’ll be honest, I could quite happily stay at this weight for a while, but I’m going to press on and get to my target of 172lbs.

Tuesday – Down from 175 to 174.4

6pm: Dinner – Beef casserole, dumplings, mashed potatoes, carrots, green beans. Followed by birthday cake.

8pm: We ate slightly later today so I had to hold out just a little bit longer to eat. I ate less potato than I might normally eat, partly because I really want to make my target this week and also because I wanted to eat the delicious birthday cake my eldest son had made for my youngest daughter’s birthday. It had a LOT of icing so I thought I’d make a slight adjustment elsewhere.

I might pay the price for having slightly less food in my stomach and feel hungry later in the evening but maybe the late dinner will offset that?

Anyway, today was one of those days when I cooked something I really wanted to eat – slow cooked beef casserole. It was heaven and well worth the wait. When I have something like that to look forward to it’s much easier to stay on the eating plan during the day.

So that’s what this diet represents to me… the ability to eat a fantastic meal AND eat birthday cake AND still lose weight.

Wednesday – Down from 174.4 to 174.2

6pm: Dinner – Pork Casserole, rice, baked peppers and carrots. Followed by birthday cake.

7.30m: More birthday cake. Noooooooo!

8pm: Dinner was delicious but I didn’t have enough. I think my behaviour is being driven by the fact I’m writing about this part of my weight loss and I want to hit my target so that I don’t lose face. The consequence of not eating enough was that I ate more cake only an hour and a half later.

I don’t think it will have done any harm, but I was cross because the cake as nice as it is represents empty calories. I’d have been better off having another smaller portion of casserole.

I normally have a time in the evening after which I will not eat. I’ve let that slip so it’s time to put that back in place.

On a positive note I’m starting to think I might be able to see my abs soon. I know for certain that my target weight of 172 won’t be enough to reveal them but it feels good to be within touching distance of that achievement.

Thursday – Down from 174.2 to 173.8

5pm: Dinner – Chicken lattice pie, mashed potato, broccoli, gravy. Followed by a few chocolates.

6pm: I didn’t make the same mistake today as I did yesterday. I ate my main meal, decided it wasn’t enough and then had seconds! I ate a few of the last Christmas chocolates to finish the meal.

Earlier in the day I told my wife that I needed to take off my wedding ring before it fell off my finger. She pointed out that it was because I’d lost a lot of weight. As I’ve mentioned before, I haven’t told my wife I’m on a diet, so it must look really odd to her that I’m eating 2nd helpings AND eating chocolate and STILL losing weight. Such fun!!

Friday – Down from 173.8 to 173.4

 5pm: Dinner – Roast chicken, mashed potatoes, mange tout, runner beans, gravy. Followed by ice cream.

7pm: Nearing the end of this little challenge I have no idea if I’m going to make it to 172 lbs. Even if I don’t I’m close enough to be happy about what I’ve accomplished over the last 4 weeks. I’ll weigh in tomorrow morning as usual and then call it.

I’m looking forward to moving on to a new goal but I’m going to have a week off of the diet where I try to eat at maintenance. Thereafter, I’ll set a new target and get to work on it.

At 172 I feel there’s probably another 10 pounds I could lose. From everything I’ve read, the last few pounds are the hardest to lose and if I decided to do it, I may need to change my methods. Eating one meal a day has taken me a long way, but I’d be the first to concede that it’s a far from optimal.

Still, this suboptimal approach has worked well and I’m interested to see just how far I can take it.

Saturday – Down from 173.4 to 173 lbs

0800 – That’s it! 173lbs is my prize for 4 weeks of dieting eating one meal a day. That’s a loss of 9lbs. OK, so I was aiming for 10lbs but I’m very happy with 9.

It’s nine pounds less than I would have lost had I done nothing at all and that’s the point I want to make. I did something about my weight, I took action and even though my method and my daily application of the method are not perfect or ideal, I still did it.

The thing I am most looking forward to now that this little experiment is over, is putting the weighing scale away. It’s the thing I’ve enjoyed least, because even though I know the scale tells lies, it still messed with my mind a little bit when I saw the readings fly around erratically. Most of my weight loss happened without weighing myself and that’s how the rest of it will go.

So, what will I do now? I’ll take another picture today and post it. I’ll write another post to summarise the last few weeks. I’ll take a week off from the diet (which doesn’t mean deliberately overeating) and then I’ll get on with achieving my next goal.

Thanks for sticking with me for the last month, I’ve really appreciated your support and comments!

This is the last in a series of daily diet updates. I lost 9lbs in 4 weeks eating one meal a day. If you want to see how I did it, start here –> My Diet


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David Wright January 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Ah, you rat! You didn’t tell me you started this site! And here I missed all these pictures of your pasty Brit belly!

At any rate, congratulations on the weight loss! Do you know if this strategy has slowed your metabolism down at all? Are you going back to three meals a day when you reach 172 or sticking with this?

Will be watching with interest.

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David January 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

Hi David, I deliberately kept it quiet to protect your eyes from the glare of my milky white skin!

A slowed metabolism was one of the few details I considered and I got around it by the randomness of the daily calorie intake. Because I didn’t count calories at all some days I would eat significantly under maintenance and other days I’d eat just below it.

In addition I had a ‘cheat day’ on Saturday and 2 meals on Sunday.

I reasoned that if I kept changing it up my body wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn what was going on and assume it was business as usual.

When I get to 172, I’m going back to two meals a day. and incidentally, I think 2 meals a day could be just as efffective – but for me, opening the flood gates at lunchtime was a bad move from a self-discipline point of view.

Are you considering doing something similar?

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David Wright January 4, 2012 at 10:10 am

I dunno if I could do that as I’m diabetic, and have to make sure my blood sugar doesn’t dip too low. I’m tempted to try something of a variation — limiting myself to something small enough to simply do the job outside of one meal a day. I could NOT eat large amounts all at once, though, as it would likely have a negative impact on my blood sugar levels.

Incidentally, I found an old book from around 1900 which was written about a “starvation” diet for diabetics, which is horrible advice (though interesting to read misguided insights from back then), but there might be something to minimizing caloric intake.

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David January 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

I have tried the six small meals a day variation and didn’t get on with that because I didn’t get one single meal that left me feeling satisfied.

I think this one meal idea could easily be adapted though. I tried a few days where I had four small snacks throughout the day and a moderate meal in the evening.

That wasn’t too bad, but it took me a while to get my head around the idea that the snacks weren’t to satisfy my hunger, they were to fuel my body (just a little).

I’ll be honest, with diets, I think it’s mostly mindset and attitude. I’d just got to a point where being overweight was something I could no longer tolerate and I had to do something about it. After that it was about sticking to an eating plan. So it doesn’t really matter what the plan is. I chose one meal becasue I couldn’t trust myself to snack.

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Midlife Singlemum January 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I can’t believe you didn’t tell your wife you were on a diet. Watching you lose so much weight she might be secretly terrified that you are seriously ill in some way but doesn’t want to worry you. #justathought

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David January 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm

LOL. No, to be fair, I think she’s noticed I’ve been a little more careful about how much I eat. Besides, maybe I should be worried that she hasn’t asked me if I’m feeling OK? 😀

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Midlife Singlemum January 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

Ok, I trust that you’re not an insensitive rogue. Congratulations on the 9lb loss. I find it very interesting that you are stopping now because you set out to follow the diet for 4 weeks, rather than saying I still have 1lb to lose before I stop. Aren’t you tempted to go for that last pound?

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David January 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

Firstly… thanks for cheering me on from the start of this! It’s helped me to know you’ve taken an interest, and I’m grateful for that. 😀

Right, so, yes I would love to have seen 172 on the scale this morning but it didn’t happen. I was a little surprised because I really stuck to the diet this week but what I keep in mind is my previous experience. I’ve seen this before where I circle around a particular weight for a while and then suddenly see a drop. I also know that the scale tells fibs so I try not to pay too much attention to it. For all I know I might see 171.4 tomorrow?

I’m close enough to call it a victory and I’m looking forward to meeting my next goal. 🙂

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Sarah May 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Thankyou for writing about your experience. I am also a work from home parent and have found dieting a real challenge after having my babies! This dieting works so well for me, like you the earlier I eat the more likely I am to eat badly all day! Eating one biggish meal in the evening with my family works well for me and I have already started seeing results after 2 weeks!! How is working for you now? Are you able to maintain your target weight? I like the idea that once my ideal weight loss is achieved I can allow myself time off because it’s quite easy to fall back into having one meal a day.
So yes I mainly just wanted to say thanks for being honest and giving me inspiration 🙂

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David May 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Hi Sarah, thanks for taking the time to drop by and leave a message.

To answer your question… it;s been brilliant for maintaining my weight. Lately I’ve been experimenting to see what still works and what doesn’t. I’ve half-heartedly been trying to lose the last of the fat to see whether I can get a flat stomach. This part is proving difficult because I’ve had other issues to contend with an my heart really hasn;t been in it.

But the great thing is I’ve been able to stick within roughly 3 or 4 pounds of my target weight. when tghe weight starts creeping back up I just get back to being strict about eating once a day (pretty much as you mentioned above).

I’m really glad it’s working out for you – the thrill seeing the results comes through in your writing! And it’s so important to celebrate the little victories so please do let me know how you get on.

Dave

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andreamuse June 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Wow. I wanted to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed not only this four week journey, but your post on the one meal a day. Love your attitude on the dieting and weighing and just doing your best to stick to the plan but not letting it get in the way of life. I’ve just started this myself this week, and I love it! It’s better than any other kind of “diet.” I’m in a situation where I’m female, 41 years old, and I have some extra weight to get rid of. I’d be blissfully happy to lose 20 pounds doing this. This is my summer challenge! 🙂

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David June 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Hi Andreamuse!

Thank you so much for leaving a comment. I’m glad you got some benefit from the posts.

It’s fantastic that it’s working out for you and I love the enthusiasm that comes through even in these few sentences. Because it really is mostly about attitude and mindset and overcoming the challenges of life just enough to make progress. Some days it’s tougher than others, but with an attitude like yours, I don’t see how you wouldn’t lose that 20lbs.

i look forward to finding out how you get on.

🙂

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Sandra July 2, 2012 at 10:08 am

Hi David, thank you for your site and your hard work. I am also a work from home parent and the hours are unbelievable. If I stay too long, even 15 minutes doing one thing, my whole day is messed up. I am studying, working and looking after kids. Exercise and calorie counting has been a constant fight for years and one that I have lost to starving and bingeing cycle. I have on many occasions opted for 1 meal a day and did really well until people started telling me it was wrong to do and even dangerous. It weakened me and I began losing hope and strength to stick to it. I find that the less often I eat, the less often I want to eat and it and it was easy to stick to. I would like to try this again, will you wish me luck? I hope to reply back in a month and let you know how I’m going. Thanks!

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David July 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

Hi Sandra, thanks for the kind words.

This diet isn’t perfect for me, I know that. There are better ways I could do it – for example two meals a day. But right back when I started it WAS perfect for me. It was a brilliant means to a fantastic end.

What it didn’t tackle were underlying issues I had (and still have (because who doesn’t?)) with food. All it did was restrict my calorie intake which is what I needed most.

I knew that there would point later in time when I took a closer look at my food choices and learnt to eat better (not that my diet was horrendous to begin with).

Being around young children all day and trying to run a home, whilst also trying to study or work can easily lead to comfort eating and that’s what I was doing. That’s where all the extra calories were coming from. Throw in some extra problems like a tight budget, illness and strained relationships and it’s easy to see how life becomes an all you can eat buffet.

I needed to get control over my eating and as I was always pretty good at ‘holding out’ and ‘hanging in there’, I thought I’d give it a go.

This is still an experiment to me and I’m only sticking with it because I have a theory I want to test – so far it hasn’t done me any harm but obviously I’m not qualified to declare it ‘safe’ or ‘unsafe’.

It sounds very much like you have a steely determination to succeed and it’s that more than the diet that will see you achieve success. I’m excited for you, because I love to hear from people who have a strong desire to change their lives for the better.

You’ll do it. One meal – two meals – transition from two meals to just one meal… it doesn’t matter nearly so much as your desire to feel good about yourself and achieve your goals.

I would love to hear how you get on!

Thanks for taking the time to reach out. I wish you luck!! 🙂

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Jason December 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I’ve been reading your blog religiously over the past couple of weeks and I have to say that I’m highly motivated. I’m wondering how you are doing on your progress being that it is now December, and I’m wondering if you ever reached your 6 pack abs? I’ve been on the one meal a day kick for about 4 days, and picked Sundays as my cheat day. I literally walked around eating whatever I wanted, when I wanted. Essentially, I became the “old” me. It was glorious. This morning, eager to exact revenge on those calories, I lumbered to the gym for a nice workout and got right back on the horse. I’ve noticed that following cheat days, that I have a propensity to WANT to snack, but I’m trying my best to stay disciplined. I just wanted to thank you for your writing, and for influencing my own decision making. I really hope to see some success. Already 3 lbs lighter, but have to assume that’s mostly water weight. I do workout daily in addition to consuming just one meal, and drinking TONS of water. Sometimes I have dessert with my meal, but other times, I elect for fruit or soup. Well, just wanted to contribute a bit, and let you know that you have inspired yet another soul. Thanks!

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David April 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Hi Jason, I’m sorry I left you hanging there. It’s been a while since you left this message so I’m pretty sure you won’t catch my reply, but I thought I’d say Hi, and thanks. I hope you’ve made some good progress over the last few weeks. If you pick this up, I love to know how you’re doing.
Sorry again.
David.

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Radley April 19, 2013 at 5:31 am

Hey David, was just wondering how the weight loss was going, I’ve been on the diet for a month now and have lost 12 lbs! Roughly the same build and weight as u n the beginning.

Any luck keeping the weight off over a year later?

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David April 19, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Hi Radley,

The last 12 months has been interesting to say the least.

After I lost the initial 30 lbs I thought it would be easy to lose the rest and go for a flat stomach. I had a couple of attempts but failed.

If I’m honest about it, my mind was elsewhere and I had other more pressing issues to deal with. I don’t think I had enough mental energy to commit to it properly.

My time as a stay at home dad came to an end and I had to get back to work. It was a very challenging time.

The reality is that I ended up maintaining–not at a constant weight–but more gaining a few pounds, then losing a few pounds.

Right now I’m back on it and yesterday I hit my lowest weight of 168.6lbs. I’ve started writing about it here: http://1maddiet.com/

Thanks for asking. I appreciate you taking an interest.

And big congratulations to you on your own progress. I bet you feel amazing!

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elaine February 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm

hi there, does alcohol figure in the all you can eat dinner? I started the once a day eating a while ago, but now realise I wasnt eating enough. I weighed myself yesterday morning when I started at 92.9 and this morning tuesday am 92.3 so pretty happy with that so far, but I guess a week will tell. I did this before without the weekend ‘cheat’ day or the lunch option, but after reading this figure its worth a crack!

thanks for all the info

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David February 3, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Hi Elaine, there have been times when I had a glass of beer or wine, but not while I was on this phase of the weight loss.

My view is that if having a glass of wine with dinner keeps you honest all day then it’s a great way to reward yourself for sticking to the eating plan.

The other option is to cut it out but of course then you miss it and start to feel deprived and the diet suffers.

There’s downside to drinking alcohol in that you could consider it to be ’empty calories’ and there is some evidence to show it slows fat burning durig the period your liver is working it out of your system. But to my mind the upside is you keep in in the diet, drink it in moderation, and enjoy this way of eating as part of a lifestyle choice.

Needless to say you need to factor in the extra calories and the fundamentals still ring true, if you consume more calories than you use, you’ll gain fat – regardless of whether we eat one meal or six meals each day.

My advice: Keep the alcohol in your eating plan for the first couple of months and see how you feel about it then.

Hope that helps… and good luck! Let me know how you progress 🙂

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Elaine February 4, 2014 at 12:56 am

hiya, thanks for that. How do I know if I’m getting enough calories? Last night was two big bowls of satay chicken and brown rice with veggies (home made) then 2 squares of lindt 85% choc. I felt full until 10pm then hungry ish, but didnt eat. I’ve been primal for the past two years and lost 20kgs which doesnt seem like much in two years.
Am I getting enough calories? Tonights dinner is bbq’d steak and salad with new potatoes and butter. one steak and a HUGE plate of salad… filling to a point but not many calories. Help?

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David February 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Hi Elaine,
It’s very difficult to say and depends on so many things. You can get a really good idea of how many calories you need by using one of the many online calculators, here’s one: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/tools/bmr-calculator

…and then you can use a tool like myfitnesspal (http://www.myfitnesspal.com/) to work out roughly how many calories your meal contains.

The calculators are a great place to start but really you’ll only know whether you’re eating enough by tracking your weight over a period of time. If you’re losing weight chances are good you’re eating at a deficit, if the you’re gaining weight you’re probably eating at a surplus – so you’d need to adjust what you eat accordingly.

I know I’m stating the obvious (and to be fair there’s a little more to it) but fundamentally that’s how you tell.

What you eat sounds great and I think 20kgs is an amazing amount in 2 years. Slow and steady BUT very significant. You stand more chance of keeping it off and I bet your body loves you for not starving it! 🙂

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Elaine February 4, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Thanks David!!! I’m down 700grams since monday and its now Weds, so I’m ok with that as a start. I’m only really aiming for a consistent 500g a week, anything more is a HUGE bonus 🙂 I’ll update you again on monday if youre interested to see how week one went?

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David February 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Elaine, that’s brilliant! Keep up the good work. I know from experience it isn’t easy so every little victory is hard won and well deserved. 😀

I would love to hear how you progress. Please do let me know!

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Elaine February 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Hi, so I now am questioning the whole alcohol thing. I had two glasses of canadian club and caffeine free diet coke, next day, BAM! up 1kg!!! It wasnt like I overdid dinner either. two bowls of home made chicken vindaloo with rice and two parathas. I actually had desert for the first time which was two chocolate cornflake cups (sugar in a muffin cup essentially). So on reflection, it was either the alcohol or the desert. It’s now all gone again 🙂 YAY.
More updates to follow if you can handle the dribble

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David February 6, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Good job! Yeah, it’s funny how it works and oddly enough it might be nothing at all to do with the alcohol or the dessert. Sometimes the body just likes to hold onto fluid and then suddenly it drops it.

It’s been the same story for me over the last few weeks. At one point I was even gaining weight and then suddenly the scale shows a 3 lb loss. Weird.

Week 5 177.8 lbs http://1maddiet.com/one-meal-a-day-diet-journal-5/
Week 6 174.6 http://1maddiet.com/one-meal-a-day-diet-journal-6/

More updates? Yes please! 😀

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Elaine February 6, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Do you recommend taking measurements? I forgot to do it on monday 🙁 I will this monday though, although I’m sure jeans would show the true picture. Whats really weird is my digital scales show my bf going up as my weight goes down… freaky, and I’m not sure I believe them, but I do believe the numbers of kgs.. conundrum?

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David February 6, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I think that’s a great idea. It’ll stop you going crazy when the scale tells you you’re not losing any weight.

Tracking weight and measurements along with the ‘jeans test’ and how you look in the mirror builds a better picture than scale weight alone.

As for the BF readings, you might as well pluck a number out of thin air. 😀 😀

BTW I use a Myo Tape (just in case you’d never encountered one before – although I’m sure you have) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Accu-Measure-MyoTape-Body-Tape/dp/B000G7YW7Y/

Elaine February 6, 2014 at 8:08 pm

never heard of a myo tape, but they look great! might see if I can find one here in NZ

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Elaine February 9, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Hiya I’m 100g heavier than when I started last monday:-( .
I measured this morning though so I would have a more
Accurate view of whats going on.

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David February 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

Water weight! Water weight often masks fat loss, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you dropped a 1kg overnight one day this week.

Just keep going, if you don’t see any progress this week then maybe review what you’re doing and take a look at your food intake. Really though, it;s still too early to make a proper judgement about what’s going on.

Wishing you a successful week ahead! 🙂

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Elaine February 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm

so… all over the show like a mad womans sh*t this week…. however a 1.5kg loss 🙂 yay!!! 3cms off each thigh too !!

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David February 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

Wow! That is brilliant… Great job Elaine!

Looking forward to the next update.:D

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Elaine February 17, 2014 at 9:45 pm

I’m curious as to how ‘that time of the month’ will affect this weeks weight. I appear to not have lost anything this week so far, much as I would have expected at least something by now. I’m also wondering about how much to eat on Saturday for the lunch thingo. Also I get huge grumbly noises during the day and resort to drinking coconut water to try and combat the hunger. I take it coconut water is ok?

David February 17, 2014 at 11:06 pm

“I’m curious as to how ‘that time of the month’ will affect this weeks weight. I appear to not have lost anything this week so far, much as I would have expected at least something by now. I’m also wondering about how much to eat on Saturday for the lunch thingo. Also I get huge grumbly noises during the day and resort to drinking coconut water to try and combat the hunger. I take it coconut water is ok?”

Hi Elaine,
I suspect that women are much more prone to issues of water retention than men, and I’d imagine this is especially true around ‘that time of the month’. The scale is a maddening device and to get any real benefit from it you have to track weight over a fairly long period of time and look for the trend rather than the specific numbers.

Regarding the coconut water, I’m no expert, but I’d say it’s very calorie dense and high in fat. Google tells me that just one cup is 552 calories and 57 grams of fat (being nearly 90% of daily recommended intake).

As for Saturday lunch, I would think you might want to eat anywhere between 300 to 600 calories depending on how much you eat later in the day.

Just wondering… how many calories do you need to consume each day to maintain your current weight?

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Elaine February 18, 2014 at 2:31 am

I have no idea how many calories I consume to maintain my weight ! I havent paid close attention to calories since going paleo/primal. It hasnt been important. Sorry I cant help there 🙁
Thanks for the reply 🙂 I’ll see what happens towards the end of the week, and keep an eye on how the clothes fit

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elaine February 27, 2014 at 8:09 pm

well I’m about to give this up after a month and only 1.5kgs gone…I had high hopes for at least 3kgs 🙁

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elaine March 2, 2014 at 7:29 pm

here I am one month gone and 800grams on… 🙁 I know its got to be me thats doing this, so I’m back to intermittent fasting and primal eating, I may approach this at a later stage. Good luck everyone and thanks for listening to me moan 🙂

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Amanda April 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm

Hi David

I stumbled across your site after speaking to a friend of my husband who is a cardiologist in the US.

He is in his late 50’s and still looks trim, taut & terrific!

I have yo-yo dieted for years and always give up when feeling that I miss out on all the lovely foods around me.

I started 2 meals a couple of days ago (& I am actually on an overseas trip at the moment) & today I have held out unt 3:00pm.

I am going to give this a try – want to lose 5 kilos and keep it off!

I am s 53 year old woman otherwise in good health!

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David April 8, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Hi Amanda,
Two meals is a great way to go. I think 5kgs is a good target to aim for. What is especially great is that you stated you wanted to keep it off. I believe that is the sort of thinking that really helps.

I take the cardiologist you mentioned, bases their own diet around eating one meal a day? If so, that’s interesting to note.

I hope this works well for you. I’d love to hear how you get on.

All the best,
David

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Amanda April 9, 2016 at 2:43 am

Yes, the cardiologist friend eats one meal at nighttime and just coffee (and some nuts) during the day.

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Eron May 1, 2016 at 9:46 am

Hi Amanda I have just started having one meal a day and i cannot resist coffee. How many a day does your friend have and how. I have been having 3 a day with milk and 1 sugar and then one meal aday . Regards

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