# Paper Towel theory - great motivation!

#### cherry-pie

##### Trying again in 2012
S: 25st8lb C: 24st6lb G: 14st0lb BMI: 52 Loss: 1st2lb(4.47%)
I stumbled across this on one of the similar threads type link at the bottom of the page and thought that it might serve us well - particularly when the journey seems long and the results slow!

Thanks to Soontobegorgeous for posting this originally on the CD board:

The Paper Towel Theory
A guy by the name of Bob White gets credit for this AWESOME theory for those of you who are worried about not seeing any changes in your body after working it for a while. This was created for Body For Life participants (a 12 week challenge created by Bill Phillips; www.bodyforlife.com) so there are some references to the Body For Life workouts and eating patterns. No matter what approach you're taking to lose the fat it can be applied to all of us and it is something all of us need to keep in mind as we go along this journey.

PAPER TOWEL THEORY (or 'Stick With It')

Let’s assume you go out and buy two rolls of paper towels, each with only 84 paper towels on it (one for each day of the challenge). You put one aside, and keep it for future reference (your “before” picture). The other one represents you (I’ll call your paper towel you “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 21 pounds of fat, so (84/21) each sheet represents a quarter-pound of fat lost. Let’s also assume that Ed loses his fat equally during each day of the challenge.

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 Al”) for comparison. No noticeable difference!!! Even at the end of the week! This can’t be working for me!

But, being a good Ed, you continue to follow Body-for-LIFE. At the end of weeks two and three, you continue to compare Ed to Big Al, and still notice very little difference. That stinkin’ Bill Phillips MUST be a liar!

But Ed is determined! He works hard! Hitting his 10’s…eating his 6 daily meals. Three more weeks go by, the sheets peeling off day after day, before Ed gets up the courage to stand next to Big Al again. Holy Myoplex! Ed is skinny! OK, not skinny, but less huge!!!

By the end of the 12-week Body-for-LIFE program, Ed is down to his lean dream, or somewhere near it. Ed is happy. We are happy. Big Al – well he’s not so happy.

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 1 layer of the roll, the inside sheet may go around 4 times. That last sheet looks like it gives you 4 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! - Bob White

#### elb4160

##### Gold Member
S: 28st8lb C: 28st8lb G: 20st0lb BMI: 63.6 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
Thank you so much for that Cherry pie, that's really helped me

#### Leapfrog

##### Champion actifryer
S: 84kg C: 71.5kg G: 65kg BMI: 27.9 Loss: 12.5kg(14.9%)
I have a similar way of looking at slices of ham and comparing them to a layer of body fat.

Take a packet of ham, for example. Say it weighs 4 ounces and there are 4 slices in a pack. Now this is the weird bit! Imagine (I have a vivid imagination) slapping those slices of ham on your arm. How many would it take to cover one arm? I've not gone so far as to actually test this, by the way. For argument's sake, say it would take 2 packets of ham - 8 slices, that's 8oz - to cover one whole arm (bear in mind, I'm not far from target so almost a skinny minny now lol). Just to make my arm bigger by the thickness of one slice of ham. Both arms = 1 pound of ham.

Multiply that over the rest of your body and you can see that by the weight adds up whilst the visual increase isn't that great. So it works in reverse too - just like the paper towel theory.

I have 3kgs or half a stone or so left to get to target. That's not even the thickness of one slice of ham all over. Puts it in perspective don't you think?

#### cherry-pie

##### Trying again in 2012
S: 25st8lb C: 24st6lb G: 14st0lb BMI: 52 Loss: 1st2lb(4.47%)
I have a similar way of looking at slices of ham and comparing them to a layer of body fat.

Take a packet of ham, for example. Say it weighs 4 ounces and there are 4 slices in a pack. Now this is the weird bit! Imagine (I have a vivid imagination) slapping those slices of ham on your arm. How many would it take to cover one arm? I've not gone so far as to actually test this, by the way. For argument's sake, say it would take 2 packets of ham - 8 slices, that's 8oz - to cover one whole arm (bear in mind, I'm not far from target so almost a skinny minny now lol). Just to make my arm bigger by the thickness of one slice of ham. Both arms = 1 pound of ham.

Multiply that over the rest of your body and you can see that by the weight adds up whilst the visual increase isn't that great. So it works in reverse too - just like the paper towel theory.

I have 3kgs or half a stone or so left to get to target. That's not even the thickness of one slice of ham all over. Puts it in perspective don't you think?
Wow, great visual - ham is so thin but several layers all over me would be loads in terms of weight!! (and yummy on a red day!!!)

#### Ela ine

##### Likes to post, and eat.
S: 18st11lb C: 16st7lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 39.6 Loss: 2st4lb(12.17%)
Cute!