Losing inches but not Losing weight ?
Are your clothes getting looser and you feel leaner but you are not losing weight? Weighing yourself is a part of your weight loss journey. Your weight isn't just a number but something that can actually change how you feel about yourself. Step on the scale first thing in the morning, and if that number is lower than it was before, you may feel better about yourself. If it's higher, your day may start on a downward slide. If this is you, then remember the point of losing weight is to lose body fat and become healthier. Focusing on the scale doesn't necessarily hurt your weight loss goals but focusing on it ALONE might get you demotivated even when you may be on the right track. Here are the reasons why losing inches but not weight is worth celebrating:- 1. Weighing scale measures everything muscle, fat, water, bones, organs, food etc. and that will keep fluctuating. You will see weight changes throughout the day, depending on what and how often you eat and drink, how often you go to the bathroom, or if you are retaining water. Remember that the weight on your scale doesn't tell you how much muscle you've gained and how much fat you've lost. A bodybuilder's weight could be off the charts because of extra muscle, but it doesn't mean he's overweight or fat. However, inches almost always go down correlating with a decrease in body fat. 2. When you're losing inches, but not weight, this means that your body is going through a recomposition. When you are in calorie deficit and do strength training, your body loses fat and builds lean muscle mass. You may also probably be working your muscles to the point of fatigue so that they get stronger. By doing this you are losing some of the body fat and replacing it with muscle. Muscle is more dense than fat. Muscle takes less room than body fat. So, when you are losing fat, which takes up a lot of space, you are left with a greater proportion of fat-free mass (e.g. muscle), which takes up less space. For example, in the picture here a 130lbs female(Left) with 20% body fat made mostly of muscle will look much smaller and way leaner than a 130lbs female(Right) with 35% body fat made mostly of fat. Now, which one do you think is better? 3. Building muscle while you try to lose fat helps increase your metabolism, which helps you to meet your fat loss goals. By gaining muscle and losing inches, you are speeding up your metabolism. While it may not help you lose weight in the short term, you are helping your body control weight gain, and potentially lose weight, in the long term. Also, with higher metabolism you are at less risk for many diseases. The best way for tracking progress is a combination of the two because the truth is, the more ways you can measure your progress the better. Some weeks you may find that your weight doesn’t budge, while your inches drop rapidly; other weeks perhaps the opposite happens. Either way you know there is progress which is critical to your ultimate success. Also, observe the other changes like better sleep, your clothes getting looser, healthier skin, more energy, better digestion, improved mood etc. Your weight loss goal should not be to just lose weight fast but to improve your overall health too. Focus on eating better and workout well. Losing weight at about 1 to 2 pounds a week to 10 days, is a sustainable way to lose weight and make the lifestyle changes you need to keep it off.