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Fri Apr 25 20:11:04 EDT 2014

Would cutting sugar out of your diet make you have a 5 to 6 lb weight loss in a week.
Asked By: mshelly4  

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2014-06-18 08:20:33.0

Dear mshelly4,

Thank you for writing dLife!

Ditching sugar is a great way to reduce calories in your diet. But skipping sugar alone will not result in a 5 - 6 lb weight loss in one week. Here’s why.

It takes 3500 calories less than what your body needs to lose one pound of body fat. One teaspoon of sugar provides 16 calories, which means you would have to cut out at least 219 teaspoons of sugar to reach 3500 calories. And that only gives you a one pound weight loss.

Of course, if cutting out sugar translates into cutting out sweets and desserts, then it is possible to experience a greater weight loss. Sweets and desserts are not only high in sugar but they also come along with a hefty amount of fat – which provides more than twice the calories as sugar.

It’s also important to note that most of the initial weight loss you experience will be fluid and not body fat. After the first week your weight loss will taper off.

A healthy rate of weight loss is no more than 1-2 lbs per week.

Healthy regards,

Accreditations: MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN
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