How I Lost 5.2 Pounds in One Hour!

Amazing but true! Its easy and I can show you how to do it too! First though, lets put the word “Lost” in quotes where it belongs!

How I “Lost” 5.2 Pounds in One Hour!


Here is how I did it:
  1. I drank two to three liters water over the course of about two hours. I drank till my urine was clear and I was having to pee about every 15 minutes
  2. I weighed myself three times and took the average of the weights – 238.2 pounds
  3. I went on a sweaty 10K jog and of course had to pee three or four times during my hour jog without drinking anything.
  4. upon returning, went number 2, showered, and went pee again
  5. weighed myself three times and took the average – 233.0 pounds
The optimist jumps off the scale with glee and shouts

Yipeee! I lost 5.2 pounds of fat in a single hour!!!

The pessimist crawls off the scale and mumbles:

Sigh, I lost 5.2 pounds of muscle in a single hour – cardio burns muscle :(

The person with common sense says:

That 5.2 pound difference is completely meaningless – its just sweat, pee and poo I lost!

This just goes to show that the scale by itself is horrible as a device for measuring your progress in losing fat if used improperly. What is the proper way to use a scale? Glad you asked!
How to properly use a scale to judge fat loss progress
  1. weigh every day when you first wake up and take the average of three measurements
  2. Graph your daily measurements over the last 30 days and draw the best straight line you can thru all the data points. That line is your weight loss progress.
  3. To truly tell how much of the weight loss was fat (rather than muscle) you need to measure your body composition using the skinfold caliper.
  4. If you dont use a skinfold caliper, use a tape measure and measure your waist and thighs daily. Graph this data every 30 days too. The tape measure on your waist is a better indication of fat loss than the scale is!
  • lance

    what you didn't vomit also?? you may have lost an even 6lbs. This almost sounds like an 80's weight loss system(scheme)

  • canvargun

    His point is completely different

  • omatsu123

    Scooby, will you give us your insight on US Navy method?

    http://www.wikihow.com/Measure-Body-Fat-Using-the-US-Navy-Method

    I know skinfold caliper is better way. But measuring with a tape is easier and less likely to make mistakes.

    I use caliper to see how much skin I have on my belly but use Navy method to get the percentage.

    I'm not worried about my body fat % as it's already around 17% and I have nice 6 pac abs.(I'm a woman.)

    But just like to hear your insight. Thanks!

  • Scooby

    Hey omatsu123, I just looked at the US Navy method. Its 100X better than BMI but I still stick by my skinfold measurement as being the best. The reason is that you are directly measuring the thickness of the fat under the skin. That layer of fat is what is obscuring the bodybuilders muscular definition and it is what needs to be minimized.

    Its very very handy when people complain about their "lower abs". Often people say they have "really low" bodyfat and I will ask them to measure how thick the fat is over their abs and they will say 15 or 20mm. Case closed! You will never see your lower abs if you have 20mm of fat under your skin there.

    Sorry, guess I'm rambling

  • Solve My Maze

    That's a hilarious post followed by an excellent bit of common sense at the end.

  • Ross

    I dunno where this nonsense that cardio burns muscle comes from. For years I always lifted heavy 5 times a week. But for the last 6 months I've done way more cardio (6x a week) and only doing compound weight exercises twice a week (much like your beginner program) and I've gotten way more compliments on my appearance in these 6 months than I have in the 3 years previous.

    I'm still just as strong or stronger on the bench press and leg press as I was when I was lifting 240% more often than I currently am too

    (just my two cents)

  • martindavids647

    Scooby, you should definitely make a video of this. It will help show people they can't only rely on scales for progress measurements.

  • Stephan

    It is a useful method to lose weight for athletes that need to meet certain weight requirements like fighters though. But yeah, you can't measure fat loss with it.