This may sound strange, since, as a trainer, I work with you to lose pounds, but your weight doesn’t really matter. Weight loss should be part of the goal, it’s not the only marker that you’re making progress. There are other indicators that gauge your fitness and if the numbers on the scales seem to taunt you, don’t look at them, just do what you need to do to achieve your goal.
If you’re building muscle tissue, you might be losing inches and not pounds.
Muscle tissue weighs more per cubic inch than fat tissue does, so the more you have the more you’ll weigh. However, the more you have, especially if you lose weight, but also if you don’t lose one single pound, the thinner you’ll look. That’s because a container holding exactly one pound of muscle tissue would be far smaller than one holding a pound of fat. It’s like comparing a container holding a pound of feathers with a pound of steel.
Have you lost inches around your belly?
Your waistline tells you just how healthy you are. Visceral fat, which is the most dangerous type of fat and the hardest to lose, accumulates there and crowds your organs. Aim for narrowing your waist, especially if you’re a woman and your waist is larger than 35 inches or if you’re a man and its bigger than 40 inches. There’s a correlation between a large waistline and high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
Look for improvements to your fitness and whether your workout is easier.
One reason trainers log your workout is to check your progress. You might want to do the same. If you started out barely able to do a modified push-up or even not able to do that, you should feel fabulous if you can do a whole set of regular push-ups now. Did you have to stop in the middle of climbing a flight of steps to rest and can now make it up two or more without stopping, that’s huge.
- Do you find you’re in a better mood than you used to be and feel more energetic. That’s a huge gain and shows your exercise program is working.
- Lots of things can affect your weight loss from day-to-day. Water weight gain is one of those. If you weigh yourself every day, it can be quite discouraging. Use other techniques, too, and only check once a week. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Your trainer will help you with changes if this is consistent.
- Take a picture of yourself when you first start and every month after that, wearing the same clothes and in the same pose and position. You’ll be able to see the difference.
- Just stick with a program and stay active. Sometimes those pesky pounds won’t seem to budge. If that happens, you need to step up and change your exercise program to avoid that plateau.
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