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Offline Elaine

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Question about fat loss per week
« on: March 21, 2012, 05:38:53 AM »
I've been moving slowly into this way of eating since Dec. 2011.  Each step has been helping me feel better and better.  Now I'm at a point where the weight is dropping off.  No complaints.  I feel great and I intend on just keeping on and letting my body find the weight where it is happy (although the ideal weight in my head is 35 pounds away, for reference).  I don't know if I'm in ketosis.  I do have a piece of fruit each day - apple or 1/2 a banana, but mostly just eating a lot of vegetables for my carbs.  Also, I've always been a big water drinker so I'm not sure that the weight I'm dropping is water weight.  Time will tell, I guess.

My question is about fat loss.  I have always read that, beyond the initial water weight loss, it isn't possible to lose more that 2 pounds of fat a in a week.  "They" say that anything beyond a 2 pound loss in a week is muscle loss.  So much about eating this way has turned the things I was always told about healthy eating on its head. Is this 2 pound weight loss rule-of-thumb true for those of us that have our metabolism to run on fat instead of carbs?

I feel like I'm on track regardless, but if the weight loss keeps up like this and I'm losing muscle I'd like to know so I can tweak things if need be.

Offline skorpion317

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Re: Question about fat loss per week
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2012, 10:55:37 AM »
I've been losing roughly a pound a day since January 4th. I would think most of the excess water weight is lost in the first couple weeks, and it's mostly fat loss after that. I definitely look more muscular, and my belly fat has shrunk considerably (79 lbs. lost so far). I wouldn't say it's not possible to lose more than 2 lbs. of fat per week. If you lift weights, it'll keep your muscles from deteriorating.

Offline samjohn

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Re: Question about fat loss per week
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2012, 03:35:18 PM »
The amount you can lose is a stretchy number.

Depends on how much weight you have to lose for one.