Why am I losing inches but not weight

  • I am aware that muscle weighs more than fat but I also know that you cannot build muscle as quickly as you can burn fat so.....I'd love to know why I have managed to lose 4 inches in one week but only 1 lb???? I am soooooo frustrated I want to scream.

    sarajsummers   by: sarajsummers
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    alexjindra  6 months ago by: alexjindra

    I would say its water weight but I'm not sure how long you've been doing the program. I hate to should like one of "those people" but isn't it about feeling good and looking good? If you're losing inches that seems more important but then again I'm not you. I hope this helped! Good luck and keep working at it!

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    JoeyP  6 months ago by: JoeyP

    Yeah you're losing some water and that will account for some inches
    But the body has a way of redistributing weight to accomodate for the stress you are putting on it .... the exercise routines that you are doing
    I know that it's hard to do but the scale is an imperfect gauge on how you are doing
    Instead focus on 2 things ... The mirror and how you are feeling

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    matajam  6 months ago by: matajam

    You should be happy, whatever you are doing is working in making a positive difference...the scale will catch up. One other possibility (other than the two mentioned already) is that muscles have memory. Perhaps you were in great shape in the past and, now that you are back to working out, your muscles have responded faster. Either way stay motivated and good luck :)

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    Drmonroedvm  6 months ago by: Drmonroedvm

    I've stopped weighing myself weekly because of feeling frustrated. I now only weigh myself once or twice a month and it's helped immensely in my psyche. I just started focusing on how strong I was getting and how each workout was going faster. Stay positive and know we all see "bad weeks". Stick with it and you know the results will shine through.

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    Jenisiss  5 months ago by: Jenisiss

    I would tell you to not be so concerned about what the scale says and then I'll tell you a little about myself. I'm 52, I weigh in at 270 as of today and most days I hurt all over, unless I've taken some Aleve to help the joint aches. But, 6 years ago and a few months before I was diagnosed with breast cancer (a story for another time) I weighed in at 253. I got a gym membership and was able to purchase a fair number of personal trainer sessions, and I got hooked. In a matter of about 3 months, I went from crying (literally) and swearing out loud (literally) at the machine, the trainer, myself and life in general when I couldn't do anything without it hurting like hell. But I wanted it and I kept at it. 4 months later, I was only 50 lbs lighter BUT, I went from a size 20 to a 14 that was a little loose (but not quite a 13). I felt great and I felt strong (I could leg press 550lbs at the age of 46). I know how you feel, because I felt the same way. I worked out 5-6 times a week and sometimes for 2-3 hours of varied workouts - it was "my time". But telling anyone I still weighed 203 lbs was embarrassing - so I didn't. I just took in the compliments of how much different, and improved I looked and felt. I think some of us are more prone than others, in our body's makeup, to build muscle faster, I know that I am. It could be that you are too. Don't focus so much on the scale, focus on how you feel, how you look (and how your clothes fit - it will change dramatically) and how you progress through the difficulty levels of the workouts - it shows how much stronger you're getting, and getting stronger and more balanced will help your body shape itself into what it IS meant to be, rather than what you think it should be. :) hang in there, I intend to. (lol - I'm just glad I can do this now without anyone else watching me - it would be scary!)

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      lesley 5 months ago

      rofl feel the same. my dog just looks at me and tilts her head... I don't weigh myselk anymore,, but I do need to go and get some new pants, they are baggy on me, and that a good thing!!

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