Bogus Fat Loss

October 2, 2009

Here’s a bit of interesting information for the dieters out there.

The general trend of weight loss for dieters is one where the weight lost during the first week of dieting is comprised of 70% water weight loss, 5% protein (muscle) loss, and 25% fat loss.  Progressively, over time, the amount of weight loss that comes from actual fat loss increases so that by week 4, 85% of the weight lost comes from fat and 15% comes from protein.

This points out the importance of measuring body fat percentage instead of just body weight, and the importance of sticking to a calorie deficit over an extended duration in order to achieve true fat loss.


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18 Responses to “Bogus Fat Loss”

  1. JJ Jalopy says:

    Slow and steady wins the race!

  2. Pam Schulz says:

    Wow – this is fascinating. No wonder so many people gain back much of what they “lose” in a quick crash diet. I now see that to be effective, you really need to stick with a diet for a month or so.

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  3. John Ho says:

    With widespread dydration in gneratl population, to follwo the gerneal trend of having “weight lost during the first week of dieting is comprised of 70% water weight loss” is pretty dangerous.

    John Ho
    Numerology Expert Helps Understanding Personality for Better Influence & Persuasion

  4. I’ll measure body fat from now on as well

    Jose Escalante

  5. So it seems like this is just more proof that it is important to exercise or work out while dieting to achieve overall health.

    Lisa McLellan
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  6. Great to see you back and a place to comment on your blog. You have always have informative posts and looking forward to more.

    Jennifer Battaglino

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  7. Lynn Lane says:

    Good information that most people never know.

    Lynn Lane

    Success Strategies For Life

  8. Lisa says:

    super informative! I’m a little bummed that first week is mainly just water loss, but infomration I needed to know no doubt.


  9. WOW Darryl, I just saw the bare chest pose of you in one of the header shotz! yawzha! very impressive. Good thing you cover that up with a suit during the day so others don’t drop like flies mesmerized.

    Well thank you for giving us the truth about bogus fat loss and how that is made up. Then we can work towards increased health and vitality with genuine effort.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

  10. Great information. I was fortunate to have a good wrestling coach and understood the truth about nutrition.

    Robert Martin

  11. Martin says:

    Still don’t like the idea of losing anything…!

  12. Vicki says:

    I would think that the fat loss would be what most would concentrate on.


  13. Keri Eagan says:

    Thanks Darryl. Water loss doesn’t sound as much fun as fat loss.

    Keri Eagan
    Anything Alternative

  14. Greg says:

    That’s a very useful fact about weight loss.

    Greg Dougall, Philanthropist-in-Training

  15. Rob Northrup says:

    THe Biggest Loser people are working out about 10 hours a day (under strict supervision). They are burning more than 15,000 calories a day in some cases. This is not real world in any way.

    12-15 pounds a month is a more reasonable goal for people who are very overweight…

    Seize the Day,

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  16. You’ve just reinforced my conclusion that gradual weight loss resulting form life style changes is the best and safest way to maintain a healthful body.

    Martin O’Connor

  17. I wish this weren’t so, but evolutionarily it’s probably a good thing. Our bodies are designed to help us survive.

    Steve Chambers
    Business to Business Sales Trainer

  18. Kate McKeon says:

    Hey Darryl! Glad to see you back in action. Have yo useen the Biggest Loser? How is it these very large people are dropping 20 pounds/week? Have you seen any of it. It’s inspiring to see the transformation, but I am concerned about the public’s perspective of how easy/hard it is to do this.

    keep the great articles coming!

    P.S. Scroll bar almost working.



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