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Why do I lose a lot of weight at the beginning of a diet?
Why do I lose a lot of weight at the beginning of a diet?
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Written by Carbon Diet Coach
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When starting a weight loss goal with Carbon, it is important to know that you may see a larger than normal amount of weight loss. This typically happens during the initial 1-2 weeks of the goal. It is completely normal to lose 2-4 pounds in your initial week.

Why does this happen? The science!

There are a couple of reasons that this can happen. The main reason is due to something called glycogen depletion. Glycogen is basically the stored form of carbohydrate in our body. Glycogen is primarily stored in our muscles. When we begin a weight loss goal, this typically involves cutting our carb intake quite a bit due to being in a calorie deficit. Because of this, we lose some of our glycogen stores. A fun fact about glycogen is for every gram of glycogen we store, we also store about 2-3 grams of water. So, when we lose glycogen, we also lose a LOT of water weight. This results in some pretty large weight decreases during the first couple of weeks of a weight loss goal.

Does the coach take this extra loss into account?

Yes, the coach will allow for a larger amount of progress in the first week without making any unnecessary adjustments to you diet

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