Hello wise folks of the CC universe....This week has been my least active week in nearly three months and I've lost more weight than ever! I've been averaging a slow but relatively steady 1-1.5lbs/week and then this week it's been almost 4! I was exercising less than usual (only 2x versus 5-6x) but maintained a consisted 500-750 cal deficit. Yeah sure, I'm just coming off that dreaded week of TTOM, and last week I lost nothing, so I was expecting to lose 2, not double that!
I don't know what's going on and while I'm definitely going to workout the usual amount next week (and I'm not complaining about the extra loss) I'm curious if anyone has any insight....
Weight loss takes time, and sometimes you can see substantial drops well into your weight-loss regimen. It's not unheard of. Just keep in mind some of it may be due to water fluctuations.
Sometimes eating less and exercising more is counterproductive cause your body will resist by slowing down metabolic rate, and holding on to fat-- a survival mechanism.
When you cut back on the exercise and just watch food intake instead, your calories may be at a more realistic level, and weight loss can take place since your body doesn't think that it's starving anymore.
A sudden weight loss or plateau break seems to happen quite frequently for people AFTER they overeat/binge one day. It's like it shocks your body, and gets it out of that 'must conserve energy' condition.
...and like armandouc said, it could very well be water weight. Keep monitoring your weight for the next while to see if anything changes.
You're probably not retaining as much water since you are not working out. Also, hormones play a huge role in water retention. I am always a bit lighter right after ttotm.
I agree with everything that was said before - also, if you had too large of a deficit whilst working out, your body most likely was more resistant to lose fat. Now that you don't have that big of a deficit, your body is more willing to drop pounds.
well....you did it again CCers! You've clarified the fog in my head with some great theories that make sense. Thanks peeps and good luck with your own efforts!