Most people go into a new weight loss journey wanting to lose... well WEIGHT! Obviously we set expectations and goals to drop a certain amount of weight by a certain date. When it doesn't happen we feel defeated, discourages, and heartbroken. More often than not this is the critical point where some just give up. They sum it up to "this isn't working" and they bid the new habits farewell! BUT if they would have JUST kept going... if they didn't let that number hold them back, they would begin to SEE all the AMAZING changes that are taking place!
The scale doesn't just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, internal organs and all. When you lose "weight," that doesn't necessarily mean that you've lost fat. In fact, the scale has no way of telling you what you've lost (or gained). It could be water.... if your not getting enough calories you could be losing muscle (which is nothing to celebrate!).
The scale is a GREAT tool for maintaining your weight but not so much for losing weight! There are AMAZING, important changes happening in your body that the scale just isn't capable of detecting such as:
Changing Body Composition:
Even though you weight is important how much muscle you have is equally important. Muscle is dense, more compact, takes up less space, and is more metabolically active. When you start a new program more often than not you are building muscle and losing fat. Since muscle takes up less space here is where you may not see any results in the scale but you will notice the change in you measurements, the way your cloths fit, and the way your body feels. For example you could lose 10 pounds of fat but gain 10 pounds of muscle, they are going to balance each other out on the scale so don't be so hard on yourself if the number isn't moving GREAT things are happening!
Changes On the Inside:
YES we are talking about on a cellular level. Exercise teaches your body how to release more fat-burning molecules. The fitter you are, the more fat you burn and that is something the scale can't measure.
More Strength, Energy & Endurance:
What it really comes down to is STICKING with it! You might not be able to see all the changes that are happening but KNOW if you are giving it your all, eating right, and working out BIG things are HAPPENING whether or not the scale changes!