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October 7, 2012 8:40 AM
So my gf decided she would do the weight loss thing with me. I would say she weighs 250 give or take. We have been eating the same and exercising the same and we got on the scale and she was down 4lbs and i was down 0. =O.....
  29894792
October 7, 2012 8:43 AM
absolutely! the more you have to lose, the easier it is. that's part of the reason why people lose so much in the beginning, then the weight lose slows down. perhaps think about percentage of weight lose when comparing yourself to your friend.
  18418273
October 7, 2012 8:50 AM
Yep, the more you have to lose, generally the easier it is!
October 7, 2012 10:57 AM
yep
  23906415
October 7, 2012 11:00 AM
The BMR is higher when people weigh more and for the same amount of exercise they use up more calories.
  29182193
October 7, 2012 11:11 AM
the more you have to lose, the easier it is.

I will call bs on this line. I am 321 right now. I work out like a mad women 5 days a week and eat well with in my cal each day. Each person body is different and will lose at it own rate.
  14027004
October 7, 2012 11:13 AM
Edited by cmriverside On October 7, 2012 11:14 AM
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October 7, 2012 11:14 AM
QUOTE:

So my gf decided she would do the weight loss thing with me. I would say she weighs 250 give or take. We have been eating the same and exercising the same and we got on the scale and she was down 4lbs and i was down 0. =O.....


Yes, but it's not a good idea to gauge your own progress against someone else's, regardless of starting weight. There are too many other factors that influence your scale weight. You can gain exercise related and/or TOM related water weight as you lose fat, for example, and end up weighing the same.
October 7, 2012 11:17 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

So my gf decided she would do the weight loss thing with me. I would say she weighs 250 give or take. We have been eating the same and exercising the same and we got on the scale and she was down 4lbs and i was down 0. =O.....


Yes, but it's not a good idea to gauge your own progress against someone else's, regardless of starting weight. There are too many other factors that influence your scale weight. You can gain exercise related and/or TOM related water weight as you lose fat, for example, and end up weighing the same.


This.

Compete only with yourself.
October 7, 2012 11:19 AM
Typically people with more weight to lose will lose that weight faster in the beginning of a diet/exercise regimen. The weight loss will slow down as the person gets slimmer, though. The metabolism of an obese person tends to run at a higher constant rate because her/his body is working harder to carry around the excess weight - so when there's a calorie reduction, the metabolism still burns at the higher rate for a while.
  5396342
October 7, 2012 11:22 AM
QUOTE:

So my gf decided she would do the weight loss thing with me. I would say she weighs 250 give or take. We have been eating the same and exercising the same and we got on the scale and she was down 4lbs and i was down 0. =O.....


yeppp...i weigh significantly more than my gf we eat the same and she exercises more than me...she will only lose 1-2 lbs vs my 5 or whatever it may be..
October 7, 2012 11:36 AM
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the more you have to lose, the easier it is.

I will call bs on this line. I am 321 right now. I work out like a mad women 5 days a week and eat well with in my cal each day. Each person body is different and will lose at it own rate.

That doesn't mean it isn't true; it could just mean that you'll have an even more difficult time as you lose more weight.

To the OP question, think of it like this: you know that weight loss results from a calorie deficit. A larger body uses more calories just to exist than does a smaller body. So given the same dietary intake and exercise (which you said applies to you and your friend), the larger person will have a larger deficit, and thus, lose more weight. If you maintain the same caloric intake and burn throughout the whole weight loss process, it will slow because that deficit becomes smaller and smaller as the body requires less energy.
  16412779
October 7, 2012 11:41 AM
In my experience, yes.

When my BMI was in the "overweight" zone, the pounds just seemed to fall off of me. But now that I've reached a more healthy weight, it seems to be taking a lot longer.
  12827067
October 7, 2012 11:43 AM
http://www.livestrong.com/article/406097-why-do-overweight-people-lose-weight-faster/?utm_source=undefined_R1&LS-2659
October 7, 2012 11:44 AM
Someone with as much to lose as me can easily lose 2 or 3 pounds a week without a ton of effort. It becomes much more difficult the less you have to lose.
  11570105
October 7, 2012 11:51 AM
Every human body is different.

I am in the 200s and I lose bout 5lbs month.

Overall weight does not ensure big losses.

Enjoy your journey
October 7, 2012 11:51 AM
I call BS. Everybody is different. I've been losing 1-2 pounds per week since I started, and I started at 357.

Reasons it may be "easier" are because an overweight person will burn more calories when working out. It isn't easy, though. Stop making it sound like a walk in the park. You do Turbo Jam with 100 pounds of extra weight on you and tell me how easy it is.
October 7, 2012 11:52 AM
The heavier person will burn calories easier by the sheer amount of fat they are carrying. However, that is countered by the fact that they are habituated to eat a larger amount of calories and may find it hard to cut down on eating. They also will find it harder to exercise. So in the end it is not guaranteed to be easier.
  19361481
October 7, 2012 4:59 PM
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they are habituated to eat a larger amount of calories and may find it hard to cut down on eating. They also will find it harder to exercise.


what the hell does that mean. Im overweight I have never binged and work out every day, cutting back now. Just b/c your fat doesnt mean you overeat constanly or dont exercise.
October 7, 2012 5:06 PM
For me I lost weight a lot faster in the beginning, at most 5 pounds in a week. But now after losing a bunch of weight, it has slowed down a lot - like a pound a month now. I burned a lot more calories running when I was 38 pounds heavier, unfortunately I do not have the time to double up my workouts and unwilling to drop any more calories from my diet. So slow it is from here on out. Just keep at it - slow and steady wins the race! I
October 7, 2012 5:13 PM
Yes they do, and there's a simple explanation. Pounds are a constant measure. For example: 4lbs is 1.3% of a 300lb person, whereas 1.3lbs is 1.3% of a 100lb person. So, the 100lb person losing 1lb is the same as the 300lb person losing 4lbs.

What this means is that lighter people should not be comparing their progress in terms of pounds lost to someone who weighs a great deal more.
  20740064
October 7, 2012 5:14 PM
Agreed, doing exercises, eating less, still at 6lbs lost in the last 2 weeks, guess I better lay off the evening glasses of wine :(
Edited by Eisey127 On October 7, 2012 5:15 PM
October 7, 2012 5:15 PM
definitely... I used to lose several pounds a week before (once i started), now im lucky if i lose once a week, im getting so close to my goal weight but it sure is harder.
  20600607
October 7, 2012 5:17 PM
In the first week we do, I just lost 10lbs noway Being so overweight usually includes extra fluid retention because of the really bad food choices that got me this way! It remains to be seen what my next week loss will be.
  30290419
October 7, 2012 5:20 PM
Also, it takes calories to maintain a certain weight. When there is a deficit, until the body gets used to it, it'll use whatever available storage.

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