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Old 08-17-2012, 09:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
rpmcduff
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Generally it is recommended that in the longterm you should aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. If you have too great a calorie deficit you body tends to slow its metabolism to maintain its current state. You will lose weight but it may be slower than what would happen with a 500 to 1000 calorie deficit per day.

If you don't exercise while dieting, up to 50% of your weight loss could come from lost muscle rather than fat. It is easier for your body to catabolize muscle than it is recall and convert your stored fat to energy so you body takes the path of least resistance. Exercising helps to conserve your current muscle. Since muscle is the furnace of your metabolism the more you have the more calories your body burns, even at rest.

If you are in the morbidly obese category then you can safely lose much faster (5 pounds/week) than the 1 to 2 pounds/week (at least to start) as you have a higher percentage of bodyfat that your body can use for fuel.
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Male, Age 53 Height 5'-11"
Start, Spring 2009....,.. 270.0 lbs
January 21, 2010. ....,...255.0 lbs (Joined Fitday)
September 10, 2010..,..223.8 lbs. (-46.2lbs)
Mini-Goal......................225 Achieved 9/21/2012
Mini-Goal......................220 Achieved 10/26/2012
Current.........................216.2 lbs. (-53.8 lbs)
Mini-Goal.......................215
Goal..............................200



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