Paper Towel Theory
Early in my journey, I found this on the internet and thought it was COOL! Now that I am at my goal weight, I thought I would share the wisdom with all of you!!
Here’s a little inspiration for those of you who are worried about not seeing any changes in your body so far. It’s what they call the “Paper Towel Theory”.
Let’s assume you go out and buy two rolls of paper towels, each with only 100 paper towels on it (one for each day). You put one roll aside, and keep it for future reference (your “before” picture). The other roll represents you on your MFP journey. The core of the roll represents the lean you. The towels represent the fat that is covering the lean you.
Each day during the first week, you tear a sheet off, representing the fat you have lost for the day. Next, you put the roll next to the full roll for comparison. No noticeable difference!!! Even at the end of the week! This can’t be working for me!
But, being a good you continue to follow your MFP plan. At the end of weeks two and three, you continue to compare the two rolls and still notice very little difference.
But you are still determined! you work hard! Eating clean meals. Three more weeks go by, the sheets peeling off day after day. Soon enough you get enough courage to compare paper towel rolls again. Holy Protein! The roll is empty and you are skinny! OK, not skinny, but less huge!!!
The lesson to be learned is that fat, like paper towels, comes off in sheets. When you are heavy, you are big around. And when you are big around, that fat is spread over a MUCH larger area – just like that outside towel sheet. The closer you get to the lean you, the more each lost pound of fat shows, because it is spread over a smaller area.
While the outside sheet may only cover 1 layer of the roll, the inside sheet may go around 4 times. That last sheet looks like it gives you 4 times the results of the first sheet, but in reality, the results are the same – your perception is just different! And you’ll never see the inside, if you aren’t patient while the outside is coming off!