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Loosing weight too fast ?!?!?!

Hey all.

I need advice. I lost a lot of weight (I think) in the last three months (I don't have a eating disorder).

Here's the story part. When I started training in martial arts. I was "chucky." About 180 (I'm 5' 8 ). I was always chucky, all my life (I was born  with no hair at 8 lb 9 ounces). My sister teased me for being fat all my life. I lost a little weight, but not much (with martial arts). I was still Omni then. Then I went lacto ovo veggie. Lost a few pounds, but nothing to be excited about. I went vegan a year ago. I stayed the same weight, pretty much (about 155). I went STRICT vegan in June. I didn't loose much there either. But when I started this job (I work in a machine shop ... lots of lifting and running around), I lost 20 pounds in three months. I'm 130 now. Skinny! I'm finally skinny! I'm excited about it, but I'm wondering if the weight came off too fast or I have another problem.

Advice anyone?

I suggest tracking the calories you're taking in versus the calories you're burning.  There are a lot of websites that will do that for you free.  Fitday is the one I use, but I've heard people talk about sparkpeople and some other ones.  I wouldn't worry because the weight loss seems to coincide with an increase in activity.  If you want to maintain/gain, tracking your calories is the way to do it.

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20 pounds over the course of 12 weeks puts you at about 1-2 pounds lost per week, so that is healthy. Once you start losing more than three pounds per week, is when you need to worry.

Also, congratulations! :) However, make sure you don't go much below 130 so that your BMI won't be too low.

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20 pounds over the course of 12 weeks puts you at about 1-2 pounds lost per week, so that is healthy. Once you start losing more than three pounds per week, is when you need to worry.

Also, congratulations! :) However, make sure you don't go much below 130 so that your BMI won't be too low.

this is correct. and as long as what you are eating and doing is something that you can imagine maintaining as a lifestyle change (otherwise, the weight will come back)

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I don't pay much attention to BMIs. But I did see a doctor after I had lost several pounds, and I'm already petite. Fortunately, my doctor said I didn't have to change a thing about my diet.

So I say go see a doc. Sounds like you are healthy and well, but go get a second opinion and ask a lot of questions just to make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need.

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Sounds OK to me, and it also sounds like it was helped along by building your muscles, which burn more fat and make you lose more weight than just diet or cardio exercise.
I didn't see weight loss until I started lifting weights in addition to spinning class, and it gave me some kickass tone for awhile there,  until I dropped the ball.

So kudos.  Nothing to worry about!

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Agree.  1-2 lbs. a week is ideal and when lost at a rate is apt to stay off.

If you're finished losing weight and are at your goal, you can (and should)  increase you calories without gaining, but maintaining.  If you don't increase your calories and you're finished with losing fat, you're going to lose muscle and have all other sorts of metabolic/health problems. 

Kudos.

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I think it seems healthy and normal. I've been thinking I need to get up and walk around this office more instead of sitting on my tush all day long.

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That actually sounds pretty ideal KarateKid! You lost the weight at a a verry reasonable rate and you didn't have to do anything awful for it to happen. I'm 5'8" also, so I know that 130 is just about right! Good job! Don't keep losing , though especially because you are so active and because you probally have a lot of muscle weight. If your weight continues to drop though, you might try adding another snack somewhere in your day...if it still happens, talk to your doctor!

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Sounds OK to me, and it also sounds like it was helped along by building your muscles, which burn more fat and make you lose more weight than just diet or cardio exercise.
I didn't see weight loss until I started lifting weights in addition to spinning class, and it gave me some kickass tone for awhile there,  until I dropped the ball.

So kudos.  Nothing to worry about!

I thought about this today. I gained a lot of muscle from this job, so you could be right ;) Thanks everyone for your help. You put my mind at ease. But I will keep in mind that if I lose any more weight, I'll eat more yummy vegan food .... mmmmmmmmm (and see a doc, of course).

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