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Paper Towel Theory

Posted: April 19, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in health

I  think that I am not alone in wondering when all of the work in the gym is going to start becoming noticeable to others.  Every weekday, I start by sweating, huffing and puffing but I’m not sure if anyone else can tell any difference (with the exception of Natalie, who always says that she “would love me no matter what I looked like”… and my new response is, “well, maybe now you’ll get to love me a little while longer on this planet”).  Anyway, to the point of this post, I have subscribed to Alwyn Cosgrove’s blog via RSS and the other day he shared the Paper Towel Theory (which I will copy/paste below):

This is a pretty good explanation of the visual representation of fat loss that was emailed to me recently (And attributed originally to a “Bob White”). Hope you enjoy it..

Let’s assume you go out and buy two rolls of paper towels, each with 112 paper towels on it. You put one aside, and keep it for future reference (your “before” picture). The other one represents you (I’ll call your paper towel “Ed”). The core represents the lean Ed. The towels represent the fat that is covering the lean Ed.

For sake of argument, let’s say that Ed wants to lose 28 pounds of fat, so (112/28) each sheet represents a quarter-pound of fat lost.

Let’s also assume that Ed loses his fat equally during each day of the program.

Each day during the first week, you tear a sheet off of Ed, representing the fat he has lost for the day. Next, you put Ed next to the full roll (“Big Ed”) for comparison.

No noticeable difference! Even at the end of the week!

“This can’t be working for me! This program sucks! “

But, you continue to follow your fat loss program. At the end of weeks two and three, you continue to compare Ed to Big Ed, and still notice very little difference.

But Ed is determined! He continues to work hard!

Three more weeks go by, the sheets peeling off day after day, before Ed gets up the courage to stand next to Big Ed again.

Now there’s a big difference!

By the end of the program (112 days), Ed is down to his lean dream, or somewhere near it. Big Ed is still – well, big.

The lesson to be learned is that fat, like paper towels, comes off in sheets. When you are heavy, you are big around. And when you are big around, that fat is spread over a MUCH larger area – just like that outside towel sheet. The closer you get to the lean you, the more each lost pound of fat shows, because it is spread over a smaller area.

While the outside sheet may only cover one layer of the roll, the inside sheet may go around 4 times. That last sheet looks like it gives you four times the results of the first sheet, but in reality, the results are the same – your perception is just different! And you’ll never see the inside, if you aren’t patient while the outside is coming off!


Great analogy!

Wow, if you’re trying to lose weight, isn’t that motivating?  You’re taking it off right now just as well but you just have to stick with it until you get to the end of the roll when each sheet is VERY noticeable!  As Rob Schneider says, “You can do it!”