This is What 5 Pounds of Fat Looks Like

by David

in Health & Fitness

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:

It’s been a week since I stopped writing about my ‘one meal a day’ diet but I haven’t stopped the diet. I had planned to revert to two meals a day but I’ve stuck to eating just one. It’s easier!

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.

173 lbs

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.

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Midlife Singlemum January 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

The problem is that when we have lost 5lbs of weight we haven’t lost 5lbs of fat as the first few pounds are usually water loss. You have to lose nearer to 10lbs in weight it lose the amount of fat pictured. It is a huge amount though I agree.


David January 14, 2012 at 12:59 am

I think this is where my dislike of weighing scales comes from. I think it’s true at the start of a diet that a lot of the weight lost is fluid, which of course is easily replaced, and this is why it can be disheartening if the scale is the only measure.

A lot of people record huge losses in the first week or two of dieting as they get rid of ‘the bloat’. There’s a lot of excess water and of course the contents of their over-full digestive system, so there’s also a fair amount of ‘waste’ to be counted in the initial weight loss.

Over an extended period of time though, like the four weeks that I shared, I had already gone through that water shedding phase and bloat removal, having lost 20lbs over several weeks, so I’m more inclined to believe that the greater percentage of the weight I lost was indeed fat.

If you recall, the scale weight was all over the place veering wildly and I think this is the water weight at work on a daily basis. But over the whole period it all averaged out.

It’s a great point you raise though and I think you’re spot on. Definitely something to keep in mind!!

So how are you doing on two meals a day? 😀


Midlife Singlemum January 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Last week was great (week 1) but I don’t think I’ve lost anything this week – I slipped into 2 meals and a late night snack (or snacks). Eating very little today to at least not have put on any and will tey to do better next week. Thanks for asking. And I agree with your reply that my comment only applies to the first 1 or 2 weeks of a diet.


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