Weight Loss Support - I Need Some Links

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05-27-2010, 10:10 AM
Hey all, really hope you can help me.

I need links with information about a coupla things...

First: I need links to info about the 2lb fat-loss per week thing. That's THE MOST fat woman can lose (safely?) in a week, right?

Second: I need links to info about commonly gaining a bit of weight when first starting up an exercise routine.

My boyfriend doesn't believe me on either thing, and thinks I'm making this stuff up. :cry:
I swear, I almost feel like I AM.... Am I????

I'm trying to google 'cos normally I'm the google-queen--But it seems that when I google weightloss-related ANYTHING, I just get a ton of sketchy sites that wanna make money from my journey. (Telling me I CAN lose 2+ lbs of fat per week and all I have to do is blah blah blah scamcakes.....)

Thank you so much in advance for any help you can give me here.

05-27-2010, 11:24 AM
I will try to find some info for you ;) I am bored today and should be doing house work but now I have a task to do so i can avoid it for a bit LOL. First, I want to mention a couple things. There really is no hard rule that two pounds is the most a woman can lose safely in a week. While this is true for most women who are closer to their goal, women who are more obese and have a lot of weight to lose tend to lose more in the beginning. Its all about body fat percentage. If you have more fat, you can lose a bit more without ill effects. I am not an expert on the subject and could very well be wrong but that is my understanding on it. I believe the basic guideline is 1% of your body weight per week. Some weeks you may lose more and some weeks you may not see a loss at all.

Two pounds per week is a good guideline once you have started losing more weight. Is is a safe guideline because you will need to cut 1000 calories per day (through diet and exercise) to achieve this and women at a lower weight require less calories so it is not healthy to cut more than this from their diet. I hope that makes sense.
I am wondering why you need to defend your weight loss? I hope your BF is not giving you a hard time about it. Its your body and your decision to become healthy. It is always much easier when you have the support you need.

Anyway, I will find you some links and do an edit to post them on my reply :)

Some Links:
Promotes slower weight loss:



Gaining when exercising:


05-27-2010, 11:33 AM
I don't believe the 2 lbs a week "safe weight" loss. It really depends on how much a person has to lose. In my experience, I lost more weight per week when I was heavier (up to 3lbs when I was 200 lbs) and less weight per week when I was lighter (.5lbs a week when I was 140 lbs).

I have heard that the weight gain related to new exercise is related to water weight.




05-27-2010, 11:34 AM
The Mayo Clinic is a reliable source. Here is a link that discusses rate of weight loss. It does recommend 1 to 2 pounds a week but also says " In some situations, however, faster weight loss can be safe if it's done the right way." http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fast-weight-loss/AN01621

05-27-2010, 11:45 AM
You will find all that info right here at 3FC. Look around at the different forums, a safe weight loss is discussed frequently . 1-2 pounds a week is considered safe and normal for most people.

05-27-2010, 11:47 AM
I found out the very hard way that losing weight too fast (more than 3 pounds a week) can greatly increase your chance of developing gallstones. Ironically enough being overweight and eating a high fat diet also increases your chances. But I do think my 3.5 average loss a week triggered my gallbladder problems. After just going through painful attacks and surgery I can tell you that it isn't something you wish to go through.


Other risks of losing weight too quickly are muscle loss (which hampers your ability to lose weight by lower your metabolism) and malnutrition. Also setting realistic and achievable goals helps with long term success.

Here is an article on workout weight gain and some of the possible reasons:


05-27-2010, 03:51 PM
Thanks for your help, everyone!