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Old 07-28-2009, 11:05 PM   #1
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New w/ questions (comfort zone/early weight loss)

Back round info:
OK, so I got injured and put on some weight, I was 5'9 240 lbs a couple weeks ago.

I have started working out mostly gradually with a pretty easy 20 minute resistance routine every couple days and a 1 hour comfortable walk about every other day.

I also quit over eating, but I am not starving myself by any means.

I have lost about 15 lbs in the last 2 weeks putting me at 225 @ 25% body fat on a digital reader.

My goal body fat % is ~15% that would put me at 200lbs if I don't put on any muscle in the process.

I have always read that 3500 calories = 1 lb, and losing 1 lb/week is a good goal, but that would mean I am burning 3,750 more calories than I am eating each day and that just does not seem possible given my fairly easy routine and that I am still not eating that healthy (just better portions).

I think lots of that could be water weight, but I am working to stay hydrated and my measurements don't fluctuate too much throughout the day. Is it just that out of shape/overweight people lose weight at 4x typical speed till they get in better shape?

Am I probably going to Plateau soon if I don't get out of my comfort zone?

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Old 07-29-2009, 08:46 AM   #2
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Re: New w/ questions (comfort zone/early weight loss)

Originally Posted by milliamp View Post
Back round info:
I have lost about 15 lbs in the last 2 weeks putting me at 225 @ 25% body fat on a digital reader.
Wow, that is great! I think that you are right on track. In fact I'm pretty darn shocked that what you are doing is working so well, but I will try not to be jealous.

Some of that 15 lb loss is probably water (that is how people on the biggest loser can cut 30 lbs in a week)

A note about that 3200 calories = 1lb loss thing. It has been proven again and again to not be true. The calorie deficit you need actually totally depends on your genetics (so thank your parents, because you got a good deal) The largest ever diet study ever conducted came out last year. It found that the average person actually had to have an over 10,000 calorie deficit to lose a lb.

Keep up the good work.

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