The Paper Towel Analogy


Ever try to lose weight, look at yourself in the mirror and say, “It’s not working.  I look the same as I did two weeks ago!”  Well, I came across an article a while ago by a dietitian called, The Paper Towel Analogy and it’s a brilliant way to really put the whole process of weight loss in a great and healthier perspective:

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!

The takeaway is that, if you are doing the work and eating correctly, the fat is coming off.  It may not be coming off from the area you want it to, but it will!  I know my main area of storing fat is my midsection and when I first started going low carb, I noticed on the scale I was losing weight mostly water weight at first) but it wasn’t showing like I thought it should around my gut!  But now nearly four months in, I definitely see results.

As I’ve mentioned before, we need to get away from the Lose 10 Pounds in 10 Days and Get a Six Pack in Just 30 Days mentality and look for long term results.  Those layers of fat didn’t show up overnight and they won’t go away overnight.  Like the paper towels, they will slowly go away so hang in there.


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