When you embark on a health and fitness regime, you want to see immediate results, especially if your main goal is weight loss.
Hate to break it to you, but progress isn’t instant, and a combination of patience and hard work are required.
If you’ve been grinding away for a few days, and you step on the scale to see no change, it’s easy to get disheartened. “WHAT!? I’ve been eating clean and running every day! This isn’t working!” Sound about right?
Don’t get sad, worried, angry, or disappointed, because scales only tell a part of the story. If you’re religiously checking your weight every day, you’re cheating yourself.
The first reason is this - particularly in women, weight can fluctuate on an hourly and nightly basis. You could go to bed weighing 130 lbs, and wake up 128 or 132 lbs. So what? Did anything really change? No.
The second reason has to do with body composition. I’m sure you already know this, but a pound of fat and a pound of muscle look completely different. Fat takes up far more space than muscle. The lesson is that you could be the same weight after six weeks of training, be twice as fit and lean, but be the exact same weight as when you started. Check out the picture below. Huge difference, but the subject actually GAINED 13 lbs. Which would you rather be though?
There are two better measurements you can take than just weight. Keep track of your key measurements like waist, bust, arm, and thigh. I guarantee if you’re working hard and eating well, you’ll see a big difference. Another thing you should measure (and this could be the most important thing) is how you feel. Do you have more energy? Does your skin glow? Are you fitter? Are you happier with how your clothes fit? Again, I’d bet you see a big difference in a short period of time.