It has been two weeks and one day since The Twenty Pound Bet has started. I officially have until the end of March 5th to complete my challenge. It is a crazy journey that is going to be tough. Currently, my weight chart has a lot of ups and downs. Although, it is not a drastic change from morning to morning. I really should be only checking it once per week, which I might start doing. Hypothetically, one could weigh 150lbs, go to the gym that day and eat well, and the next day weigh 151.2lbs. Weight fluctuates due to several factors:
Exercise: Working out may make the number go down temporarily, only due to the fact that a lot of water is lost from your body due to sweat. After rehydrating, you may find that number to change once again.
Food in your body: You have just eaten a couple of hours ago. That food has weight as well. Just as if you were holding a ham sandwich in one hand and a water bottle in the other, and you stepped on the scale is no different from when that food is in your stomach.
Water: A gallon of water weighs eight pounds, so surely it will have an effect on the weight the scale is reading if you have had a few glasses beforehand. If you drink to little water, the body will actually retain fluids, causing the opposite of your goal: weight loss. Drinking water helps to lose weight.
Salty Foods: Eating a bunch of salty foods or adding a bunch of salt to your meal will cause water to stay inside of the body, resulting in a higher weight on the scale.
Glycogen: Overnight, your body may use up all of the energy called glycogen, and then uses fat to burn during the night while sleeping. You may weigh less in the morning, but as soon as you eat carbohydrates, the weight will shoot up due to the glycogen restoring to the body.
So far I have lost 2.8lbs as of today. It has read lower than that yesterday and the day before, but that may be just results due to the fluctuations from day-to-day. That is why I am considering recording the number once per week. People beat themselves up when they see one pound gain from the day before, and it may be false! Here is a chart of the first two weeks of the bet:
If I lose at least 2 lbs per week, which is a very attainable, I should be able to meet the challenge! Well, here’s to keeping up the right attitude and the hard work!