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Managing Expectations About Weight Loss


Posted by angela p.

My friend, Robert Seidman, who lost 80 pounds and has kept it off for 4 years went on a rant about a woman he overheard in Starbucks. The woman claimed to have lost 7 pounds in a week, yet she was eating a Mocha and pumpkin scone. Basically he guessed that she was going to gain back 6 pounds with the sweets because she would be rebalancing her system.

He talks about how you need to burn more calories than you consume and that if you lose 7 pounds in a week probably only one of those pounds is fat and 6 are water. This is the science of it he talks about and goes into much more detail.

Here’s something I don’t hear much about which I know scientifically to be a fact (you can look it up!).

1. When you are consuming less calories than you burn, your body will start to burn fat
2. When you are restricting calories/burning fat, you eliminate more fluid (water weight) from your system than when your calories consumed vs. calories burned is balanced.

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I'm still a little confused, but it makes sense. I just want to know why I weigh less in the morning than the night before!
First off, congrats to your friend for losing so much and keeping it off! Second, 7 pounds in one week is a lot! A healthy weight loss is 2 pounds per week. I've heard people talk about water weight, but never really understood, so thanks for the info!
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