Here we are: Monday morning, and time for the big weigh-in. Before you step on the scale, be prepared. You may have lost only a tiny bit of weight—or none at all. Sometimes you even gain weight before you lose it. Huh, you say? I’ve worked so hard!
Let me explain.
If you start your fitness program by exercising, you’ll be gaining muscle mass. And a pound of muscle is only about a third the size of a pound of fat. So even if you weigh the same, you’ll be losing inches. Your clothes will fit better and you’ll find it easier to move.
My scale displays not only weight, but body fat and water percentages. I don’t subscribe to its total accuracy, but its general trends reveal progress where, by weight alone, sometimes none would be evident.
More good news: One pound of muscle burns 6 calories a day, whereas a pound of fat burns only 2 calories a day. So the more muscle mass you gain, the easier it’ll be for you to lose pounds. (Kind of like compound interest!)
So if your scale reading hasn’t dropped as much as you’d hoped, take heart. Things are changing. You are progressing. Keep it up!
Here’s my progress for week one:
Last week: 199.6 pounds, body fat 31%, body water 42.5%
This week: 196.2, body fat 29%, body water 43.5%
’Til tomorrow…Stay determined and resolute!