Record Your Eating and Activity for Permanent Weight Loss

Everett Medical started a weight loss challenge using DietBet on June 2. We have 50 players that have lost a total of 60 pounds so far. Our next game begins July 7. To sign up, click here.

One of the players asked Dr. Everett a great question about overeating and weight gain:

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True weight gain occurs when the body has an excess of calories beyond what is required to complete its daily functions and exercise. Any excess is then stored as fat weight. Usually, true fat gain doesn’t happen instantly. One day of eating poorly won’t derail your weight loss goals because the body takes an average of the number of calories on versus calories out over a period of time. Immediate weight gain after a Thanksgiving type meal is from the physical weight of the food in our digestive tract, in addition to water retention from the unusually high sodium, high carbohydrates and low fiber meal. Once you resume your normal eating and exercise routine, (and eliminate the waste), the scale will normalize again. The body stores or sheds fat weight based upon an average of the number of calories in versus calories out over a period of time. How long a period of time varies from person to person. The average lag time seems to be about a week. You can determine how your body responds by accurately recording your food and calorie intake, exercise minutes for at least 2 weeks in a row. During those same 2 weeks, record your weight every morning after using the restroom. Based on your weight fluctuations in response to eating well versus eating in excess coupled with the timing of your exercise activity, you can determine how your body reacts to these changes.
So, to determine if your eating and exercise plan is resulting in weight loss:

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Make food and exercise journaling a lifelong habit, and you will be able to lose weight permanently.

What apps do you use to record your diet and exercise plan?

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