This is a follow-up to Diet Update: Week 1.
On Sunday of last week, my weight stood at 243.8. I weighed myself after coming in from gardening this afternoon and my digital, WiFi-enabled scale dutifully registered my weight as 237.4. For what it’s worth, my weight two weeks ago was 252.2.
I know. That’s impossible. No one loses fifteen pounds (okay, 14.8 pounds) in two weeks unless they’re on the Bataan Death March.
There are factors that can skew the numbers — am I hydrated or not? Have I, er, been to the bathroom? I have to assume, given my results just now (again, 237.4, down 6.4 pounds from a week ago), that I am:
- somewhat dehydrated
- er, “empty”
At the end of the day, I do have a theory. I’m losing weight because:
- I’m crash dieting, eating 1200-1600 calories a day of mostly vegetarian protein sources
- I’m getting a bit more exercise (multi-mile walks twice in the last seven days)
- I’m shedding the excess water that my blood pressure medications have caused me to retain.
I know water retention due to medication is no joke; last summer they tried me on a drug called Bystolic and I promptly put on about ten pounds. In one week. They took me back off it — the excess weight almost immediately went away.
So here’s my theory: something is causing my body to start shedding the excess water it’s been retaining ever since I went on those meds. Maybe it’s the longer hours of daylight. Maybe it’s the significant reduction of my food intake. Maybe it’s getting a bit more exercise — I’ve gone for walks twice this week (and I should have done more).
It’s a mystery.