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Can I Lose 1lb During a Workout?

Posted in Uncategorized by mixfitness on June 14, 2009
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Maybe you’ve gotten in the habit of weighing yourself before and after your workout.  Or maybe you just witness people doing this.  I can’t blame you (or them) – wouldn’t it be great to burn off an entire pound after one exercise bout?!  The awful truth is that yes, it’s possible.  But, don’t go running to the gym just yet…..keep reading.  Consider this:  1 pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories.  It would take the better part of the day to burn that many calories.  For example, say you burn 500 calories in a hour-long cycling class.  In order to burn off one pound of fat, you would need to cycle for 7 hours!  Unless you’re Lance Armstrong, that’s pretty unrealistic.

But I said it’s possible, right?!  Here’s how:  1 pound is also equal to 16 ounces.  Meaning, 16 oz. of water weighs one pound.  In reality, the weight you lose is from sweat.  As soon as you rehydrate, that pound will return.  In fact, many athletic teams weigh their athletes before and after practices and competitions (especially in the heat) for this very reason.  If an athlete has lost two pounds, it means he/she needs to drink 32 ounces of water just to replenish the body.

So, how do you effectively lose one pound of fat?  Eat less and exercise more!  It’s the tried and true healthy way.  Furthermore, 1-2 pounds per week is the recommended rate of weight loss.  The next time you’re at the gym, skip the scale, but don’t forget your water bottle:)


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  1. justkam said,

    Good point about the water – and to lose weight slowly. I’m not watching the scale too much, weight isn’t my main focus, tightening those thighs, is! Looking forward to more of your posts… which from reading your About page should be full of great info!

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