If you’ve been working hard on losing weight yet you’re not seeing the scales move, it can be very disheartening and can get you pretty close to giving up on your fitness and nutrition regime, most of us have been here, repeatedly. Before you decide to give up, let’s take a look at some ways you may be feeling, and you may realise that even though you’re not seeing the scales move, you are, in fact, becoming a lot healthier!
This is a by-product of getting healthier. The body starts working better, and when it does, it releases endorphins in the brain, delivering more energy to the cells resulting in higher energy levels and better sleep.
Losing weight is not the ultimate goal of eating healthy, it’s part of the long journey to a state of optimal health and fitness. Don’t let yourself down and give up just because the number on the scales isn’t moving, measure your progress regarding other tangibles such as the quality of your sleep and how energetic you feel during the day. The quality of your sleep is an important indicator of your health status, and improved sleeping patterns show that what you are doing is working. It’s only a matter of time before you start seeing even bigger and better results. In the meantime, continue to fine-tune your strategy, and your waistline will be glad you did.
Although the scales may not be moving, your body has worked hard to grow muscle in replacement of the fat you have lost. Muscle is denser than fat, meaning a pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat.
It’s common for many people to become agitated when the numbers on the scales don’t change despite their clothes fitting loosely on their frame. If you are one of these people, know this for a fact-the scale is not an accurate means of measuring your weight. If you want to know whether you are losing weight, check yourself in the mirror, take pictures of yourself and compare to pictures taken before you started your weight loss journey and observe how your clothes fit. The answer is not on the scales because the scale only shows a number, not the composition of that number. There are too many variables at play when checking your weight. Visual assessments are the best way to know whether you are losing weight or piling up extra pounds.
You have become stronger, perhaps by running for longer, or even the simple fact that you’re not out of breath when walking up the stairs. If you started lifting weights, you might have noticed an increase in the amount you can lift. Whatever it is, if you are more active than before you started this journey then you are well on your way to a healthier version of yourself!
It takes strength to last longer. It takes strength to lift heavier weights. And what do you use to lift heavier weights? Bigger muscles of course! If you can lift a heavier weight or run a longer distance than you could last month, then it shows you are improving your game. You might not be objective enough to notice the improvements in your health, but being able to do more shows that eating healthy and keeping active is providing positive results. The most important thing is not to focus solely on weight loss as the goal of your health journey. Weight loss is just one of the benefits, so you don’t have to work yourself up if you haven’t started or haven’t lost a lot of weight.
Getting the right nutrients into your body will result in your body looking better all over. You probably have heard the saying that you are what you eat, implying that the quality of your food determines how you look.
Your body needs various types of nutrients to function normally. Protein is the building block of our cells and must be supplied in the right amount through our diet for growth and development to take place. Carbohydrates are the body’s primary energy source, and fats also play an essential role in the body’s metabolic processes. Vitamins, minerals, and water play critical roles in our wellbeing, and the deficiency in any of these nutrients leaves the body in shambles and vulnerable to alien invasion.
Eating healthy does not mean eating less. It means eating quality foods, which ensures that your body gets the appropriate amount of nutrients to function optimally and this manifests in every part of your body as a glowing youthful skin, shiny hair, and a general healthy appearance.
Exercise can improve your mood and make you feel better about yourself. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals that boost your sense of well-being and suppresses hormones that cause stress and anxiety. A regular exercise regime and good nutrition are an effective tool against depression. Focusing on your improved outlook on life can be a great way to measure your progress.
If you work out regularly, you will realise there is no better way to release tension from the body than a high-powered workout that leaves you dripping with sweat. Exercise helps to clear the mind, letting you focus on what is important to your existence.
Stop focusing on the scales and listen to your body with an open mind. You are probably well on your way to better health, so pat yourself on the back, and be proud of what you have achieved rather than punishing yourself!