Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Say What?

When I first started on MFP (My Fitness Pal) and checked out the forums, there were a LOT of acronyms, abbreviations and terms that left me scratching my head a bit. Usually, I could just google the phrase I didn't understand and find a quick answer, but as a list of helpful explanations and definitions came across the forums, I thought I'd post it here on my blog for quick reference (I did ask the OP for permission) ...

Even if you're not on MFP, you'll probably come across many of these terms on blogs or other fitness forums ...  HTH *Ü*

  • 30DS: 30 Day Shred: A cardiovascular and plyometric exercise program. Developed by Jillian Michaels. 
  • AMRAP: "As Many Rounds As Possible" ... often used in CrossFit and circuit training.
  • BodyBugg: From the website: the bodybugg calorie management system is a proven solution in weight loss management. The bodybugg system works by keeping an accurate daily record of calories consumed vs. burned making it easier to stay informed, make decisions and more effectively manage your weight. (http://www.bodybugg.com/) 
  • BMR: Base or Basal Metabolic Rate ... the number of calories you burn each day at rest.
  • BumpTo bump a thread on an internet forum is to post a reply to it purely in order to raise the thread's profile. This will typically return it to the top of the list of active threads. At MFP, it will also cause the thread to be listed in your "My Topics" for easy reference.
  • C25K: Couch to 5 K: A running program designed for beginner and non-runners to get them from the couch to running a 5K. Some are 8 weeks, others are slightly longer. 
  • DH/DW/DD/DS or : Dear Husband (Darn Husband as the care may be) ... wife, daughter, son. SO: Significant Other
  • DOMS: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness: From wikipedia: Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), also called muscle fever, is the pain and stiffness felt in muscles several hours to days after unaccustomed or strenuous exercise. The soreness is felt most strongly 24 to 72 hours after the exercise. 
  • DYEL: Do you even lift? 
  • ED: Eating Disorder. There are several kinds. Go to www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/information-resources/ for more information. 
  • ESE: Eat Stop Eat. A type of Intermittent Fasting diet plan. 
  • EMTLW/EMTWL: Eat More to Lose Weight/Eat More to Weigh Less 
  • ETA: Edited to Add (people often like to explain what was edited as they modify an existing post)
  • Fitbit: a small electronic device attached to clothing to monitor steps taken and movement throughout the day. http://www.fitbit.com 
  • GW: Goal Weight- Related to the following:  UGW- Ultimate goal weight- The final weight goal a person wishes to attain  SW- Starting Weight  CW- Current Weight 
  • HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-intensity_interval_training 
  • HRM: Heart Rate Monitor 
  • IF: Intermittent Fasting is a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of fasting (usually meaning consumption of water only) and non-fasting. 16:8, 5:2, 4:3, are numeric terms you will in see in conjunction with IF discussions. 
  • IIFYM: If It Fits Your Macros- See Macronutrients.  
  • IPOARM: In Place of a Road Map: From the MFP page: "In Place of a Road Map is simply a way to get your metabolism functioning at max capacity while eating as much as you can and getting the results that you need. This is also a Fat Loss program.  Never confuse Fat Loss with Weight Loss.
  • Macros: Macronutrients- the large categories of nutritional ratios of Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat. 
  • MFP: My Fitness Pal 
  • Net Calories: number of calories eaten minus number of calories burned in exercise and baseline metabolism. 
  • NROL4W: New Rules of Lifting for Women (an often quoted book).
  • NSV: Non Scale Victory a dieting and weight loss term for noticing your weight loss success off the scale. This includes smaller clothing sizes, measurements, compliments, etc. 
  • OP: Means "original post" or "original poster" of a forum topic. Example: "The OP was clearly talking about carbs instead of fat." 
  • P90X: A high intensity, 90 day cardiovascular/plyometric fitness routine. Created by Tony Horton. 
  • Paleo: From Wikipedia: "The paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed..." 
  • PCOS: Polycystic ovary syndrome- Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which a woman has an imbalance of a female sex hormones. This may lead to menstrual cycle changes, cysts in the ovaries, trouble getting pregnant, and other health changes. Weight gain and obesity is common in women with PCOS. Losing weight can help treat the hormone changes and health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Read more at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001408/
  • Primal: From Wikipedia: "The Primal Diet is a carnivorous, low carbohydrate raw foods diet, pioneered by Aajonus Vonderplanitz. It can also be considered as a Paleolithic diet with the addition of raw milk products."
  • QFT: Quote(d) for Truth- QFT is used when a previous or quoted post is so on point and correct, you "QFT it" for emphasis and agreement.
  • SL5x5SL5x5 (or plain SL) = StrongLifts 5x5 - a strength training problem stressing compound lifts - squat, deadlift, bench press, barbell row and overhead press.  Other related weight lifting terms: BW - bodyweight (as in bodyweight exercises, like push-ups)  DL - deadlift  OHP - overhead press  BP - bench press  LP - leg press 
  • TDEE: Total Daily Energy Expenditure 
  • TLDR/TL;DR: Too Long Didn't Read. 
  • TOM: For women- "Time Of the Month"- The monthly menstrual cycle. Important in terms of fitness because of the uncontrolled body changes and water retention that can affect weight loss and fitness goals and plans. 
  • Vegetarian,Vegan,Pescatarian,Flexitarian:  http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegetarianvegan101/tp/TypesofVeg.htm 
  • VLCD: Very Low Calorie Diet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Very-low-calorie_diet) 
  • WOD:  Workout of the day 
  • YMMV: Your mileage may vary. Basically means that if you try what the poster recommended, it may not produce exactly the same results. 

Have YOU encountered any of these acronyms as you've been reading? 
If I missed any, feel free to leave a comment and I'll try to update the list. 

I'm linking up today with Tips and Tricks Tuesday.  I hope this has been a helpful tip.
I know I wanted to keep it handy for myself!


  1. Great idea to share all of those abbreviations! I can usually figure them out but it takes way more thought than it should! A cheat sheet would help! Thanks for linking up!

  2. Thx 4 the translations. Ur 2 nice. It seems like I'm the last person to know what they mean.

    As a writer and former English teacher, I wonder about how computer and text jargon will affect our language. OMG, this next generation might not be able to spell or punctuate correctly! SMDH (shaking my darn head -- I learned this one recently) LOL!

    1. I've told my boys, I'd much rather they use UR (for you're) rather than "your" used incorrectly ... that's a major pet peeve of mine! I'm really slow at picking everything up too. Many of the acronyms are different and specific for eating/exercise (for example, ED means something else in the medical field) ...

  3. Great review of abbreviations! I know they always confuse me. I'm pretty new in the whole fitness campaign.


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