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# Thread: Is it possible to lose 1 inch of fat per week? How many lbs will equate to inch?

1. ## Is it possible to lose 1 inch of fat per week? How many lbs will equate to inch?

How many lbs do I need to lose per week in order to lose 1 inch off my waistline???

2. You have a lot of posts for someone who is asking about spot reduction.

notsureifsrs
^^^lol

eta: 1 pound is a little over 2 cups.

3. Originally Posted by critterbug
You have a lot of posts for someone who is asking about spot reduction.

notsureifsrs
^^^lol
This. 1" Where? What?

4. One pound of fat is 3500 calories. There are 9 calories per gram of fat.

3500/9 = 388.88 grams

The density of fat is .9g/mL.

388.88g x (1mL/.9g) = 432 mL.

Now as far as where your fat comes off, thats different for every person. Also as you loose weight, the surface area of your body will become smaller. Which means removing 432mL of fat will become more noticable.

5. Originally Posted by critterbug
You have a lot of posts for someone who is asking about spot reduction.

notsureifsrs
^^^lol

eta: 1 pound is a little over 2 cups.
I believe the OP was refering to the waistline strictly as a gauge of overall fatloss which is the barometer for most people and this is a vavid question.

In my experience its about 6 lbs of fat loss per 1" of reduction in waist measurement

6. Originally Posted by Tommy W.
I believe the OP was refering to the waistline strictly as a gauge of overall fatloss which is the barometer for most people and this is a vavid question.

In my experience its about 6 lbs of fat loss per 1" of reduction in waist measurement
notsureifsrs^ (not srs) lol

I have not discovered the equation where x is inches lost from the waist and y is pounds lost. Don't really think there is one because bodies are different. In my experience, it is erratic and nonlinear. In my first 8 pounds lost, my waist slimmed down 2 inches. In the most recent 6-8 pounds, my waist went down one half of an inch.

7. Originally Posted by critterbug
notsureifsrs^ (not srs) lol

I have not discovered the equation where x is inches lost from the waist and y is pounds lost. Don't really think there is one because bodies are different. In my experience, it is erratic and nonlinear. In my first 8 pounds lost, my waist slimmed down 2 inches. In the most recent 6-8 pounds, my waist went down one half of an inch.
yes very serious. That has been the equation, personally.

8. I think the best example of losing inchs off your wasit and relating it to lb lost is a roll of toilet paper. With a new roll taking a few sheets off doesnt make a really noticeable difference. The more you remove sheets the more noticable it gets. Its all about surface area and volume.

For Tommy, 6lb might be an inch, for me its 33lb. The more I lose the fewer pounds it will requires to see an inch off my waist.

9. Originally Posted by Tommy W.
yes very serious. That has been the equation, personally.
I knew you were serious. Twas me who was not. Seriously, though...

This is interesting. I don't think fat loss is uniform for a lot of people (certainly not for me). If it were, calipers and tape measurements would show the same consistent changes in relation to fat loss. For example, my hip skin fold would go down at exactly the same rate as my thigh skin fold (or at least by the same percentage overall). And there wouldn't be this annoying concept of "stubborn fat" areas. Anyway, hopefully your answer is the baseline the OP was looking for. Certainly more helpful than the naysayers even if it's not 100% accurate for all.

10. Originally Posted by critterbug
I knew you were serious. Twas me who was not. Seriously, though...

This is interesting. I don't think fat loss is uniform for a lot of people (certainly not for me). If it were, calipers and tape measurements would show the same consistent changes in relation to fat loss. For example, my hip skin fold would go down at exactly the same rate as my thigh skin fold (or at least by the same percentage overall). And there wouldn't be this annoying concept of "stubborn fat" areas. Anyway, hopefully your answer is the baseline the OP was looking for. Certainly more helpful than the naysayers even if it's not 100% accurate for all.
Yes nothing is accurate for all, that's a given. Generally the waist has always been a good place to judge fatloss progress since this is usually the place where the biggest concentration of fat occurs in men. Usually it'll be the butt for women.

tw

11. I also experienced 6 lbs for every inch, though since my entire body leaned out, I'm losing about 2 lbs for every inch now, since that's where most my fat is left

12. anecdote:
went from 34 to 32 pants size dropping from 185 to 176.

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