Weight Management Is About Trends

Weight management is about trends, not specific events. It’s about what I do most days, not every day. And by most days I don’t mean 4 out of 7, I mean 6 or 7 out of 7. So if I have 6 great weight management days and the 7th is a bit out of control, I’m still probably ok. Of course, I can’t just go crazy and eat whatever I want one day a week, because over the course of a month I can do significant damage that way.Ā  Days to weeks, weeks to months, months to years. It’s all about trends.

Similarly, starving myself by eating 300 calories on one day then spending the rest of the week eating whatever I want won’t produce the results I would like to see. It will, however, slightly limit the damage I would do if my other option was to eat whatever I wanted 7 days a week. Over the course of a month, 4 days at low calories will slightly offset the damage I’d be otherwise doing. Some weeks, just limiting the damage is a win. Some weeks, even a single day off the plan is a loss.

It’s all about trends, and those trends arc across any time period I can track. Sometimes my mind is unkind to me and I start to berate myself for my failure after a particularly rich meal, where I know I have significantly overshot my daily BMR calorie limit. Then I remind myself that one rich meal in a week of good planning and weight management is not a failure, my trends are still good.

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5 Responses to “Weight Management Is About Trends”

  1. Princess Dieter Says:

    This is why I emphasize–for myself, for others who ask my tips–consistency. To have MOST days be days of good new habits and controlled eating. MOST days, as you say, makes up for the occasional blip. Consistency with caloric control, with exercise, with adequate hydration, with good rest, with destressing–it adds up to more than just weight loss. It adds up to better general health….consistency. šŸ™‚

    Just like consistently being couch potatoes and consistently eating above our caloric usage got us fat.

  2. Susie brown Says:

    I just love your blog. I look forward to your blog. I am in a weighmanagement program and I have lost 50lbs so far but it seems that your blog always match what I have concern about. You are so right about trends. Thanks for sharing.

  3. mizfit Says:

    as with everything else huh? or so it seems some days…

  4. Caron Says:

    I’ve only been reading your blog for a few days but I love it. I’m also maintaining and I agree that you have to be on plan “most” of the time. I lost a total of 40 pounds with Weight Watchers and I kept it off and stayed at goal for six years. Then I had a two year period where I was over my goal weight by 5 to 10 pounds and could not seem to get motivated to lose it. Finally, last November I got back on track and have been at or below my goal weight for almost a year. It absolutely does take planning and consistency. šŸ™‚


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