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When Starting a Diet a High Proportion of Weight Loss is Water
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Weight Loss - Water or Fat?

Quite a lot of the weight you lose at the beginning of a weight-loss diet is water: but it's different from the water you sweat out in a sauna. For example, you don't regain the weight if you drink a couple of liters of water.

The water you lose at the start of a weight-loss diet is bound up with glycogen in our muscles and liver. Glycogen is the way the body stores sugar - in fact, it's just glucose molecules stuck together with water. It's a more immediate energy store for the body than fat is, and so when we start to diet, our body uses up this immediate store first before it burns fat.

This is true of all weight loss diets, despite claims to the contrary. The body doesn't burn fat immediately. Most initial, fast weight loss is not fat. But that's not to say we should dismiss it: it's certainly some weight lost and it should be a good morale boost at the beginning of a diet. And, of course, it's prepping the body to get down to the real business of burning fat.

But that burning up of fat is a slower process, which is why our weight loss slows down after the first early phase lasting a couple of weeks. There's no way round this weight-loss hurdle so don't be discouraged. If you carry on with your diet, you will continue to lose weight - and especially body fat - at a steady rate and you will keep it off.

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