Weight Loss in a Week

From the guy who lost seven pounds in his first week of dieting to the person who lost 265 pounds in a year, the internet is full of spectacular & sometimes true weight reduction transformations. 

If they can, you can, right? No. Some people can drop five pounds in the first few weeks or months of dieting, but for many, that is harmful & unattainable. 

According to David Creel, Ph.D., R.D., a psychologist and registered dietitian in Cleveland Clinic's Bariatric & Metabolic Institute, the more weight you start with, the more you can drop, especially in the beginning. 

Some of this is simple math, but the main issue is that your body is fiercely protective of the weight you currently have, so the longer you diet. 

The tougher it might be to see the scale move. Why: As we lose weight, our metabolism—our body's fat-burning furnace—slows down, burning fewer calories. 

Dr. Creel compares it to removing a backpack. “Everything takes less energy—breathing, walking, everything.” 

The less you weigh, the more your body will cling to the weight you have, making it difficult to drop. 

“Unfortunately, our brain doesn't have a scale indicating, when you reach to a healthy weight, we'll cease all this compensation,” he says. 

“No.” Even though everyone wants to know how much weight they can lose in a week—& everyone wants a huge number—the answer isn't always clear. 

Weekly weight loss is attainable & practical, as shown below. First off, trying to figure out how much weight you can drop in a week is risky. 

Dr. Creel believes wrestlers, boxers, & athletes who must make weight typically dehydrate. “You can see folks who maybe shed 20 pounds in a week intentionally—but it's really risky.” 

Extreme diets don't work long-term, even if you drop 10 pounds quickly. Dr. Creel believes such low-calorie diets will dehydrate you, so whatever weight you lose is likely water weight (which doesn't count). 

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