Can You Lose A Pound Of Fat In A Day?


I was browsing through one of my more favorite fitness blogs and came across an article by Tom Venuto. Tom had asked, and answered, whether it was possible to lose a pound of fat in a day.

Now, it’s been my experience that Tom is pretty level headed and isn’t prone to over exaggeration. So, I thought I would jump in and read the article.

A couple things jumped out at me. Yes, it is possible to lose that much weight, but under the right conditions.

How about I start right out with the answer to the question:

Yes. It IS possible… But (BIG BUTS coming)…Not for everyone (depends on your starting point)

Not for long (rate of fat loss will slow with time)

Not easily (takes butt-busting hard work and discipline)

Even harder for women (unfair, but true)

And, frankly, it’s just not likely to happen (for all the above reasons)

The article also goes on to explain that people who are very obese can achieve a pound of fat loss in a day much easier than people who are moderately heavy.

This type of weight loss is very hard for people who are already thin to accomplish.

What I found refreshing is that the article really takes a shot at all the “Lose 30 Pounds In 30 Days” promos and demonstrates how ridiculous these claims really are.

Specifically, he cites this study:

Research from the University of New Mexico has suggested that there is in fact a limit on the amount of fat a person can transfer from adipose tissue into energy on a daily basis during a calorie deficit.

Nod to Lyle McDonald, which was the first place I heard about this study a few years back.

It’s nice to hear from a fitness professional who is willing to give it to you straight. So, with that, here are some realistic exercises that can help towards realistic weight loss:

Calorie Burners

One pound is equivalent to 3,500 calories. Mix and match these 500-calorie burning workouts every day for a week, and viola, one pound gone. (Calories burned are based on a 125 pound woman.)

1. 45-minute jog at a 10-minute mile pace

2. 60-minute cycling session

3. 90 minutes on the elliptical

4. 50 minutes on the Stairmaster

5. 70 minutes of resistance training – i.e. lifting weights

6. 45-minute breaststroke swim

7. 45 minute of treading water

8. 2-hour walk at a moderate pace

9. 1-hour Zumba class

10. 2-hour Power Yoga class


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