What if we could tell you where you’re going to be in your weight loss journey a year from now, by just looking at your first 4 weeks?
Would you want to know the answer?
Of course you would. And to be fair, your dietician or nutrition coaching probably has a very good idea what that answer is. They’ve worked with dozens or hundreds of clients before and recognize patterns that are less successful than others. Listen to them.
Here’s one clue you may be headed towards regaining your lost weight within 6 months to 1 year: early weight variability.
What the heck is that? Well, it’s looking at weekly changes in your weight in the first 6-12 weeks of your program and determining how frequent or large these changes are.
Some weight variations are normal. For example: there is a known human effect whereby most of us weigh more on the weekend than we do on weekdays. That’s not what we’re interested in. What’s more interesting to us is to look at our weight each week (same day and time of day) and measuring differences there.
What we WANT to see: small variations of 0.5 to 1.0 lbs each week, with nearly all weeks seeing a drop in weight.
What we DON’T want to see: large swings of 4+ lbs over 1-2 weeks with some weeks experiencing weight drops while others experience a weight re-gain of 1-2 lbs.
The large swings tell us there’s probably something unsustainable taking place. For instance: you stop eating breakfast altogether and driving yourself into a state of extreme hunger. We’re going to bet you’ll realize your mistake pretty quickly.
Remember: weight change is best achieved in measured and sustainable steps.