WHY PATIENCE IS THE KEY TO WEIGHT LOSS!
You’ve been through this.. You start a diet and in the first few weeks you lose a decent amount of weight.
Week 1: 9lbs
Week 2: 2lbs
Week 3: 4lbs
Week 4: 2lbs
Week 5: 4 lbs
Week 6: 1 lb
‘JUST ONE MEASLEY POUND!?!?!?! WHY DO YOU EVEN BOTHER’. You cry woefully into your low fat turkey bacon fry up!
It can be even more frustrating if you’ve been doing it for 2-6 months. Why can’t it go faster! Why are you failing? Boo-hoo-hoo.
You need some patience!
HERE’S WHY YOU NEED TO TRUST THE PROCESS MORE!
The number on the scales is not the whole picture.
I repeat.. the number on the scales is not the whole picture.
Yes, weight is important (especially if you have a lot of fat to lose), but it needs to be analysed with other things. How are your tee-shirts and clothes fitting? Have your measurements gone down? Are you looking more toned?
The chances are if you are like any of my clients, you will have a resistance training aspect in your gym routine – whether thats free, weights, machines etc., and therefore you will be building muscle as well as loosing fat.
If you are new to training, you build muscle at a very fast rate (especially if you are a bloke!) so what looks like a one pound weight loss, might be a 3lb fat loss and 2lb muscle gain!
WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT LINEAR!
In a perfect world, we’d lose weight consistently using a points based system..
1 workout = 1lb lost
1 salad = 1/2lb lost
2 litres of water = 1/4lb lost
IT JUST DOESN’T WORK THIS WAY.
Over the long term, if you eat less than you move, you’ll lose weight, fat and look better. But in the short-term, exercise, diets and your own expectations wreak havoc on your body.
1) You exercise.
Exercise is stress. We push our bodies so they adapt. You do a set of weights or a hard cardio session and your body thinks ‘Holy hell! If that is gonna happen to us again, we need to be ready’.
So it repairs your muscles, releases hormones and tries to get you ready for the next onslaught.
But part of this is short-term weight gain. By repairing the muscles, they swell up a little bit.
So if you suddenly go from 3 workouts week to 5.. there’s probably going to be some temporary weight gain in the form of muscle and adaptation.
2) Water retention!
Clients reported to me that they looked leaner and didn’t know how? Whishies and Squooshies!
I first heard of this through Lyle McDonald – a body recomposition expert. When the fat cell releases fat, it temporarily fills with water. So it’s the same size, same weight but you’ve lost fat. Then suddenly that water will leave and you’ll have a 4-6lb drop overnight!
Frustrating but keep smashing it and you’ll have big drops.
3) Your expectations are too high.
If you lose 2lbs average per week. You’ve lost 100lbs (over 7 stone) over a year and transformed your life.
TRUST THE PROCESS AND BE PATIENT. IT WILL COME IF YOU KEEP DOING IT!