Did you see my last post? The one about common mistakes people tend to make when it comes to being unsuccessful with losing weight? Well – let me break them all down for you! Starting with the first mistake on only focusing on the number on that scale.
Has this ever happened to you? You finally decide to make some drastic changes to your eating habits and increase your exercise, you’re consistent and doing everything right – but that number on the scale just won’t budge!
That happened to me when I first became serious about losing weight. It was so frustrating that I almost threw in the towel and gave up. I’m so glad I didn’t, what I did instead was start doing research about why this may be happening.
Here are some things that are important for you to know. Weight is influenced by several factors, including fluid fluctuations and how much food is left in your system. In fact, your weight can fluctuate as much as 4 pounds throughout the day, depending on how much food or liquids you consume throughout the day.
Also, increased estrogen levels and other hormonal changes in women can lead to greater water retention, which is reflected in scale weight.
If the number on the scale isn’t moving, you may very well be losing fat mass but holding on to water. Fortunately, you can do several things to lose water weight.
Additionally, if you’ve been working out, you may be gaining muscle and losing fat. When this happens, your clothes may start to feel looser — especially around the waist — despite a stable scale weight.
Measuring your waist with a tape measure and taking monthly pictures of yourself can reveal you’re actually losing fat, even if the scale number doesn’t change much
Also important to remember that when you are remaining consistent with making lifestyle change, you will not see immediate results. One of the reasons people see quick results with crash diets is because they require you to make drastic changes and are not sustainable long term.
On average, it can take up to 4 weeks for you to start noticing significant changes, so don’t give up and don’t give in. Ask for help if you need assistance and accountability