What does five pounds of fat look like?
I guess what I’m really asking is, what’s the volume of 5 lbs of fat? Or, how much space does it take up in your body?
I think it’s good to know so that you can visualise exactly how much you’ve already lost or how much you need to lose to get to your target weight.
I guess I could quote a figure in cubic cm (I’d have to find it first) but it probably wouldn’t mean very much, or at least, it wouldn’t be very impactive.
This is impactive though…
I searched Google and as you can see there are quite a few pictures showing a representation of five pounds of adipose tissue.
What struck me is that 5 pounds of fat is huge! It’s much bigger than I thought it would be.
I was then struck by the notion that losing even a modest 5lbs is a big deal, and well worth aiming for.
When you first start out down the weight loss route it’s hard to feel motivated when you know you have a lot to lose, but aiming for smaller more manageable target is easier.
Setting a modest goal of losing 2.5lbs a week (and achieving it) means it would take you only 2 weeks to shed one of those huge blobs of fat. Within a month you could get rid of two!
It turns out that you can buy a fat replica! To be honest I wondered why you’d want to , but then perhaps having one of these on top of your fridge might be enough to deter you from busting your diet!
My weightloss update:
I’m happy with my progress and was quite content to stick at 172/3lbs but in the back of my mind I know I still have work to do.
I’m guessing I’ve still got around 10 to 15 lbs left to lose before I start to see the results I’m looking for. I haven’t been anywhere near a scale in the last week and that makes me happy. The emotional roller coaster of scale weight readings drives me nuts!
I know I’ve lost more weight because I can see it in the mirror and my waistband is looser – plus I’ve stuck to my eating plan!
I keep thinking that one more month will get me tantalisingly close to where I want to be, but it’s important to remember that I get as much enjoyment and reward from sticking to the diet every day, as I do from the results.
Every day I get the opportunity to put in a winning day and at the end of the day I get to feel good about it!
I hope your own weight loss is going well. Let me know how you’re doing in the comments.