Week2 – Gained Weight but lost inches!

WEEK 2 was an EPIC fail, in terms of weight loss, after a strong week 1 where I lost 11.4lbs

I was all over the Map with food and I had a few cheats. I ended the week 1.2lbs up and it would have been far worst had I not reigned myself in on from Friday to Sunday.

Never the less in spite of the weight gain, I was still triumphant in terms of still managing to melt away a few inches. One can't be unhappy when they've managed to reduce in size, regardless of what the scale reflects.

Muscle is heavier than fat and with my increased activity and exercise during week 2 perhaps, I actually gained a wee bit of muscle.

Week 2 - Gained Weight - Lost Inches 5Bite Diet

 

Seeing that I was 1.2lbs up was annoying, I know I could have had another stellar week if I put in the effort but I didn't. However this was a wonderful lesson learned because I have that feeling of disappointing myself fresh on my mind and I'll be reluctant to repeat that mistake. Also It was a good reminder that more so than weight, this is about the reduction of fat and if I'm able to do that, I'm still WINNING! 

xoxo, –Focused WLWB
P.S. If you want to review my progress thus far, Click Here for my Current Weight & Measurements

Weight Loss Slow Downs and Gains on the 5BiteDiet

I wanted to wait until I was sure about this, but now that it's happened a few times. I figured I would share. If any of you have had similar experiences, please share that here.

WARNING! I weight daily, sometimes multiple times daily and this mat not be advisable, because it can drive you a little crazy because you will be hyper aware of your results. You end up knowing how much more you'll weigh after a bottle of water, or after taking a #1 or #2 and it can help you guesstimate your next day but it's a little bit obsessive.

Water 08/04/2016 3:10 PM | I'm generally a big water drinker, anywhere from 60-90oz a day and on a day when I've been drinking a lot of water the next day when I get on the scale. I'm not as low as I am on days when I'm not drinking as much water.
Vitamins 08/04/2016 3:10 PM | I take a bunch of different vitamins, not just a multi vitamin, I take some for skin which contain protein, I take other vitamins as well and I notice that when I take them, that the scale doesn't move that much. Having tested taking them on one day, then not for another day. A day after I've stopped taking them, the scale has a huge downward jump.
Whey
Protein Powder
08/04/2016 3:10 PM | Knowing that I would be weight lifting while on this diet, I wanted to ensure that I wouldn't end up feeling too sore to continue. So I used some whey protein powder and the next day I was only down .2lbs.  The day after I used the protein I lost 2 lbs. So maybe it delays the scale results.
Exercise 08/04/2016 3:10 PM | I've heard that some people say that after you exercise you won't see as big a drop in lbs, but based on my daily stats I can't attest to this as of yet, but I will continue to monitor this and update this post should I notice any differences.
Hot Food
-vs-
Bars
08/04/2016 3:10 PM | You definitely lose more weight on bars than you do on hot food. Well I guess random hot food. Not the super healthy kind. I haven't eaten super healthy per say, maybe with the exception of when I have opted to eat sushi, on the day when I only ate sushi though I did drop 2lbs the next day. But so far my other food undertakings have not produced the same level of success. (Relatively clean eating is probably best when you do hot food.)

On the HCG Diet when you have a stall, they tell you to have an apple and steak day, I'll give that a go if that truly becomes the case for me. I can't say I'm far enough into the 5BiteDiet for that to be the case.

I'll continue to experiment and post any new observations here

If the results are cumulative, then so be it. I will continue to weight daily and just look forward to the days when my efforts show up on the scale.

xoxo, –Focused WLWB
P.S. If you want to review my progress thus far, Click Here for my Current Weight & Measurements

You have to burn 3,500 Calories to lose 1lb

In order to burn one pound, you have to burn 3,500 calories. #FACT!

Even before the 5 Bite Diet, I was aware of this and was able to drop a lb in a day, just not consistently because I'd be all over the place with my eating. People say it's unsafe to drop more than 2lbs a week. I can't agree with that because my body naturally can drop more. I offer up my fit bit stats for a few days in which I was simply more active. I was not working out at all and it's evident that I burned more than a lb a day.

I say this to say that you can burn 3,500 calories in no time; if you're focused, and you can do it again and again amounting in significant weight loss if you're consistent.

Get to know your BMR (Basic Metabolic Rate), for me I burn over 2,204 calories daily, even if I'm just laying in bed. Your Heart Rate and the time you spend in your Target Heart Rate Zone also plays a part in this. See my Target heart Rate for fat burning Click here I am generally at or around my target heart rate for fat burning, hence I would burn a a faster rate than some others!

Below you can review my FitBit Charge HR Stats, which clearly show me burning 3,500 calories or more in a day! With NO EXERCISE. (I also included a few which were very near to 3,500 Calories burned for the day.)

I didn't wear my watch daily at first; so it's spotty but you'll be able to grasp my point none the less.

Burning-Over-3500-In-A-Day-No-Exercise

So regular house work, a walk around the house or office to get water or food from the fridge or to my car across the parking lot, had me burning over a lb a day.  Add food management to this and it's a no brainer why I sometimes lose anywhere from 1.5-3 or more lbs in a day.

When I line things up properly, I can easily burn 3,500 in a day. Will it always be this way?

I'm not sure…but I have a lot of weight which I can chuck (at the time of writing this 8/3/16 I am 326.6lbs) and my body knows it has plenty to give away (would you like some? LOL)!

Prior to the 5BiteDiet, when I was dropping those lbs, I knew I could burn the 3,500+ calories in a day.
I just didn't have a plan or a good system in place. I have that now with the 5BiteDiet!

As always, I hope this info was useful for you guys!

xoxo, –Focused WLWB
P.S. If you want to review my progress thus far, Click Here for my Current Weight & Measurements

Are you just losing water weight in the beginning?

 

I've always heard that the first 20lbs you lose is just water weight.

So you're not really accomplishing anything until after you get past the 20lbs down mark. I can't say that I've ever found this to be logical.

However based on the results of my first week of weight loss / inch loss after doing the 5BiteDiet I'd have to say I believe I lost fat, not just water weight. What do you guys think?

Day 01 Day 08 Total
Inches
Lost
DATE 7/25/2016 8/1/2016
NECK 14.75  14.5
-.5In
 -.5
BUST 47  46
-1
 -1
Under BUST 38.75  37.75
-1
 -1
U ARM 18  17
L-1 R-1 (-2in)
 -2
FORE ARM 12.5  12.4
L-.1 R-.1
(-.2in)
 -.2
WRIST 7  7
0
 0
BACK 24  23
-1
 -1
MIDDLE STOMACH 53.25  51.77
-1.48
 -1.48
LOWER STOMACH 56  53.5
-2.5
 -2.5
HIPS 59.5  58.27
-1.23
 -1.23
THIGHS UPER 38  37.4
L-.6 R-.6
(-1.2in)
 -1.2
THIGHS LOWER 34  34
0
 0
KNEES 22  22
0
 0
U CALVES 23  23
0
 0
L CALVES 14.5  13.75
L-.75 R-.75
(-1.5in)
 -.1.5
ANKLES 12.5  12
L-.5 R-.5
(-1.in)
 -1.
WEIGHT 339lbs  327.6lbs
(-11.6lbs)
 (-11.6lbs)
BMI 54.8%  54.5%
-.3%
 -.3%
Body Fat Percentage  28.69%
(97.25lbs)
 28.64%
(93.82lbs)
 -0.05%
Total
Inches / Lbs Lost
-14.61in
(-11.6lbs)
 -14.61in
(-11.6lbs)
BMR 2256.55  2204.35
Hope you guys found this useful. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.xoxo, –Focused WLWB
P.S. If you want to review my progress thus far, Click Here for my Current Weight & Measurements

Is the 5 Bite Diet a Starvation Diet?

This is NOT a STARVATION DIET, it's SIMPLY a CLEVER ONE.

What we put into our mouths is what our bodies will fuel itself off of first before tapping into alternate fuel sources, but minimizing what we put into our mouths, we are simply directing our bodies to tap into those alternate fuel sources (specifically body fat) and use those up sooner.

In other words the 5BiteDiet is telling our bodies, not to depend on our daily deposits but rather to spend time living/functioning of of our savings, our fat savings that is.

To Learn more about how the Five Bite Diet works, CLICK HERE!

As always, I hope you guys find this useful.

xoxo, –Focused WLWB
P.S. If you want to review my progress thus far, Click Here for my Current Weight & Measurements

Am I Starving on the 5 Bite Diet?

I am absolutely NOT starving on the 5 bite diet. I actually have more energy since starting this diet.

Most people who do this diet say that after days 3-4 are over, that you no longer feel hunger pangs.

I personally don't recall ever feeling hunger pangs.

My sister is also doing the 5BiteDiet and she is reporting that she's had an increase in energy and isn't feeling hungry either.  She's on about her day 5 and I'm on day 9 at the time of writing this.

xoxo, –Focused WLWB
P.S. If you want to review my progress thus far, Click Here for my Current Weight & Measurements

Why I Chose To Do The 5BiteDiet

I've honestly been looking for a simple weight loss solution for quite some time, I would give all diets that came across my purview some consideration based on how they fit my needs.

I didn't want to do anything that had me doing a bunch of:
* Strange and Complex Counting
* Measuring, Weighing and Point Tallying
* Hunting down Specialty Items or which Restricted The Items I Could Use

Ideally I was looking for something easy, which I could do with readily available food. I didn't want to have to shift or adjust myself too much to make it happen. I knew that there had to be a diet out there which fit this criteria.

While deciding to resume the pursuit of weight loss goals, I stumbled into someone who mentioned the 5Bite Diet. I became curious, so I ended up researching what it was; because the name alone made it seem like it was about the volume of what you consume, not the contents of the volume. Essentially, it sounded like I could do this diet eating any kind of food that I wanted.

The freedom to eat whatever I want, while on a diet greatly appeals to me.

The 5 Bite Diet allows you to eat any kind of food you like, which means you can eat the same food your family is eating, no specialty anything. The utter simplicity of the diet also meant that once I had the rules down, I could get started NOW, TODAY, RIGHT AWAY! Ok, I started the next day, but you get the point. The 5Bite Diet puts true weight loss power in your hands, if you can control your bites, you can get results (I love that!).

For instructions on how to do the 5BiteDiet => CLICK HERE <=

The simpler the solution, the better the likely hood you will follow through with it, that was my ideology. From the way the 5BiteDiet sounded, it was so simple it was breathtakingly stunning to me. This was a no brainer, I knew I had to give it a go.

I'm GLAD I did! After doing my first 7 Days on the 5Bite Diet I lost 11.6lbs

As always I hope you guys find this information useful.

xoxo, –Focused WLWB
P.S. If you want to review my progress thus far, Click Here for my Current Weight & Measurements

My Basic Fit Bit Stats for Week1- July 25th – July 31st 2016

Here are my daily Fitbit Charge HR stats for week one. For any of you weight loss sleuths, who want to correlate my weight loss to my level of steps. To see all my Workouts, Food and activity Day by Day, CLICK HERE.

Week#1
Day 1 – Mon July 25 2016
WK1 - 1 - Mon July 25 2016 Day I Started the 5BiteDiet
Week#1 Day 2 – Tues July 26 2016 WK1 - Day 2 - Tues July 26 2016 Lost 1.6lbs
Week#1 Day 3 – Wed July 27 2016 WK1 - Day 3 - Wed July 27 2016 Lost 2.6lbs
Week#1 Day 4 – Thur July 28 2016 WK1 - 4 - Thur July 28 2016 Lost 2.8lbs
Week#1 Day 5 – Fri July 29 2016  WK1 - 5 - Fri July 29 2016 Lost 1lb
Week#1 Day 6 – Sat July 30 2016 WK1 - 6 - Sat July 30 2016 Lost 1.6lbs
Week#1 – Day 7 – Sun July 31 2016 WK1 - 7 - Sun July 31 2016 Gained .2lbs
Week#2
Day 8 – Monday 
July 31 2016
OFFICIAL
Weight & Measurement Day
Lost an additional
2 lbs by
 Morning of August 1,2016Total Loss for first
7 Days:
11.6 lbsWent from:
339lbs to 327.6lbs

xoxo, –Focused WLWB
P.S. If you want to review my progress thus far, Click Here for my Current Weight & Measurements

Bathroom Matters – Doing Number 2 on the 5 Bite Diet

I go do #2 normally twice a day minimally and I've been this way since I was a kid, I am now 37 years old. Usually within 20-30 minutes of eating a meal I'm making my way to the bathroom. They say that as one meal goes its supposed to trigger the last meal you had, to exit.

However Since July 25th 2016 when I started this diet, my body hadn't been triggering an evacuation and I didn't freak out because:
A. I am the proud owner of lots of senna tea should it ever come to that
B. I've done all kinds of research about number 2 and I know my body pretty well
C. Lastly since I feel no bloating or feelings of constipation etc, it's no big deal.

I'm not taking in as much food as I would normally consume hence the reduction in doing #2. My plentiful bowel movements are not of major importance at the moment.

I will however drink some senna tea should the need arise, but I honestly feel light and airy, no bloating no awkward feelings at all.

Since I'm a #2 activist and I'm sure that regular evacuations are as important to you as they are to me (since death begins in the colon and all), I wanted to share my experience with you guys so you can compare it with your own or just have it under your hat as food for thought.

SAME DAY UPDATE:
Part 1. When I had my snickers bar for lunch 30 minutes later; it was time to go!
Part 2. When I had my dinner…30 minutes later; it was time to go!
So it looks like everything is getting back to normal!

xoxo, –Focused WLWB
P.S. If you want to review my progress thus far, Click Here for my Current Weight & Measurements

What is the 5BiteDiet?

Here's how the 5 Bite Diet works.

You don't eat before 10am
– – Breakfast is a No Milk / Non Sweetened  Coffee or Tea with a Multi Vitamin
– – Lunch is 5 Bites of whatever you want (A Bite is approximately a table spoon)
– – Dinner is 5 Bites of whatever you want (A Bite is approximately a table spoon)
You stop eating by 6pm

And you watch the lbs melt off!
This is the morning of my fourth day on this diet and I am officially down 7lbs.

I wrote three other posts you my find of immediate interest.
* I Found the Perfect Bite Sized Measuring Tool
* How I set up my Iphone Alarms for the 5BiteDiet
* Apps for Tracking your Bites and weight

These posts will provide you with information that should help you do this diet with ease! You bringing the willpower to the table of course.

Why Weight Around by Alwin C. Lewis MD - MPH_

Lastly, while I honestly didn't need to buy the book from the originator of this diet to do the diet I did and I wasn't disappointed.

It's a quick informative read (I read it, in a few hours), it provides some useful background information which can help you to understand the methodology behind what the 5BiteDiet is, how it works and why it may be a good option for you.

I bought the book: Why Weight Around? Changing The Weight Loss Strategy by MD MPH Alwin C. Lewis

Connect with Dr. Alwin Lewis, MD on Twitter (@FiveBiteDiet)

Dr. Alwin Lewis's Website: TheSlimmingStation.com 

 

xoxo, –Focused WLWB
P.S. If you want to review my progress thus far, Click Here for my Current Weight & Measurements