How many times have you busted your butt in the gym and in the kitchen, only to step on the scale and not see your weight change one single bit? Maybe it even went up some! What gives?
Weight Loss is Not a Straight Line
First off, get rid of that scale – it’s worthless. Use these 10 ways to effectively measure weight loss progress instead. However, if you’re dead set on using the scale, you need to understand that weight loss does not occur in a straight line. You could be doing everything right. You could be weight training several times a week. You could be doing cardio on your off days. You could have your diet perfect.
Even with all the stars aligned, your weight might not change for weeks at a time. But doesn’t 3500 calories equal a pound? If I eat 500 calories less each day, should I lose a pound a week? In theory, that is true. However, in practice, that’s just not the case. Your metabolism is a unique individual. It has a mind of its own. It will drop the weight when it’s ready, but not a minute before then. So, when is it ready to let the fat go?
Weight Loss Happens the Moment You Don’t Give Up
That’s how it works. You push and push and obsess over the scale because it’s not moving. You begin to question why you even try, if all your hard work is for nothing. Then, that moment comes – the moment of truth. Do you throw in the towel, or do you continue pushing forward? The majority of people throw in the towel, and that’s unfortunate, because if they were to have just given it another day, that scale would have been their friend again.
The moral of the story? Don’t give up. If you know you’re doing everything right, keep on doing it. Eventually, the weight is going to come off. You can’t obsess over the scale. Your weight loss over the course of months is going to be one big zig-zag from point A to point B. However, point B is always going to be lower than A if you are doing everything right.
Many people think that they should step on the scale every day, and it should be less than the day before. They believe that points A and B should be connected with a ruler – not going to happen.
Be patient. Be consistent. Push through the moment of quitting. Success will follow.