“Why am I not losing weight?!”
This has to be one of the most common questions I get asked on a frequent basis.
First and foremost, let me get one thing out of the way as soon as possible, I hate the phrase ‘weight loss’ and at ‘Gold Medal Lifestyle’ we would never promote that mantra either! It makes me think of someone who is sick or suffering from an unfortunate illness such as anorexia!
Taking the number that shows up on the scale as gospel is a very dangerous and quite frankly useless way to gauge your progress on a body transformation journey and there are a multitude of reasons why, the obvious ones being your fluctuating hydration levels and varied food intake throughout the day which can cause the scales to move in both directions quite alarmingly! Go ahead and weigh yourself three times in the same day at different times and see what numbers you are faced with!
This is also the reason why it actually offends me when people are encouraged to shoot for a number as their end goal, which is what a lot of so-called ‘weight loss’ plans promote, without ever taking into consideration the changes that can occur in muscle mass and bone density (to name but two factors) along the way either! It can often lead to disheartenment and the feeling that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel when someone see’s the scale going up and down so sporadically!
Now, I will say one thing… The number on the scale CAN be of good use if you use it correctly, for the purpose of setting up your nutrition plan and as part of your progress checks, but only when used in conjunction with methods such as tape/caliper measurements or something even more elaborate like a DEXA scan.
For this purpose, I would advise you to weigh yourself at the same time on the same day each week to try to get as accurate results as possible, for example, every Monday morning upon waking without having eaten or drunk anything.
Combined with tape measurement or caliper readings, you can begin to get a rough idea of where your progress is being made and to help you tweak your training and nutrition to fit your ever changing body frame.
From now on, we will use ‘fat loss’ as our new goal terminology for people trying to lose weight as this is what the majority of people actually mean when they imagine their body in great shape!
Let’s move on to what I believe are the top five reasons you may not be losing the desired amount of fat you imagined, or indeed why your fat loss may have stalled altogether!