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do heavier people lose more pounds working out?

I am reading in articles that heavier people, when working out, tend to lose more weight faster than some one who is not overweight? Is this true?

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Simple PhysicsHappy Work = Force time Displacement.

The heavier you are (regardless of it being heavy from extra muscle mass or extra fat mass), the more work (calories) you must burn or use to 'move' the heavier force (which is your body weight/mass).

The other point to note is that if we are talking about overweight people (with excess body fat) they typically are beginning a weight loss or exercise program, and from changing their lifestyles from doing 'nothing' to doing 'something' is a HUGE jump in activity which means they will see very drastic changes initially as their bodies quickly adapt and responds to the adaption. If the final component of the equation is also in place, which is improving their diet (number 1 factor) then this is another HUGE jump in the form of decreasing calories which again forces their bodies to physiologically adapt to the change which equals....shedding pounds.

Unfortunately (in a way) it means the closer you get to your goal weight, the ‘harder’ it is to lose the last few pounds (but not impossible). It requires extra attention to your diet and continual changing of your workouts to force your body to constantly adapt and change. Intensity is a key for all this.


6 years ago

Your calorie burn is higher when you are heavier, and does decrease as you lose weight-- so it you are 300# and walk 30 minutes, lets say you burn 200 calories. A 150# person, walking at exactly the same pace, and incline, will probably burn about 120-130 (depending on muscle mass). But, the 150# person needs fewer calories, so needs to burn less as well.Happy

Vicki Bowland 53k
6 years ago

The starting weight of an individual will dictate the amount of initial weight loss, but what’s even more critical is the changing of certain behaviors that individual displayed that may have played a contributing factor in becoming obese.

I only say may because there are numerous factors that lead to obesity; some we can control, others we simply can’t. Two of the bigger factors we can control would be decreasing sedentary levels & becoming overly active in the gym & outside of the gym & our diet; types of foods we consume & the quantities of foods we consume.

So to tie it all together, when an obese person initially begins the process of becoming healthier & they increase activity levels & begin to monitor & control the types of foods they’re consuming in conjunction with reducing caloric intake….lbs will drop at a much faster rate, again initially.

Just my opinion, but the most effective method is gradual & phased approach if the goal is sustain the results long-term, versus losing, then gaining…etc.


Tony Nicholson 141k
6 years ago

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Courtnee Salvati member since Oct '11


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10/20/2011 at 3:12 AM
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