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Does how fast you lose weight depend on how much you weigh when you start your diet?

I have heard that you lose weight at a faster rate the heavier you are and then as you lose the weight, it comes off slower and slower. Is this true?

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6 Responses to “Does how fast you lose weight depend on how much you weigh when you start your diet?”

  1. lkuhbander said :

    If you are really heavy, you will probably drop quite a bit of weight in the first 4 weeks or so and then it will slow. After that, you do not want to lose more than 1-2 pounds a week or it will probably not stay off. Good luck!

  2. ruthie said :

    This is true. The fatter you are the quicker you loss weigh.

  3. Foo Foo Girl said :

    It may work that way for some people, but it never has for me. All the weight I’ve lost has not come off very easily 🙁

  4. lonely_girl3_98 said :

    It is – the more you have to lose, the faster you lose it. It’s mainly because people who are obese are used to consuming a great deal of calories. By limiting their caloric intake, their body has to burn more fat in order to keep it working. Once you have slimmed down, your body is used to consuming less calories and has learned how to make do with what it has. That is why most people say that the last 10 lbs. are the hardest to lose.

  5. gawainer said :

    Other things being equal (like amount and quality of exercise), it is true. As your body approaches what it considers its ideal weight (this is very complicated and partly set by your genes), weight loss will slow down. This means you will either hit a plateau, or you’ll have to up the level of exercise. But once you reach your body’s ‘ideal’ weight for itself, you’ll have to actually starve to lose more weight, and starvation causes damage. Be realistic and gentle with yourself.

  6. llan2193 said :

    It depends on the person and the diet/exercise program you are on. You may actually gain weight to start with. Just stick with it and it will all come off in time.


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