If you’ve been losing inches but not weight, this article will show you why the scale is not budging despite your waist becoming smaller.
It can be frustrating trying to figure out why you are not losing weight yet the inches are dropping off. It drives you crazy.
You feel lighter, your belly is a little toned but you can’t see any difference on the scale, and it baffles you.
Here are some possible reasons why this happens.
Why You’re Losing Inches but Not Weight
1. You Are Gaining Muscle
Most people don’t realize that muscles play a huge role in weight loss. The more muscle you have, the easier it is to lose fat.
Doing strength training while on a calorie deficit can make you gain muscle as you lose fat.
Even though a pound of fat is as heavy as a pound of muscle, fat has more volume than muscle.
Therefore, losing 2 or 3 pounds of fat can make your waistline smaller but you may not see muscle definition if you gain 2 pounds of muscle.
2. Scales Can Be Misleading
Scales have this uncanny quirk that can be misleading, sometimes you weigh yourself in the gym, and when you reach home, the number reads differently and you wonder how?
There probably isn’t a big difference in pounds between the two scales, but nobody likes seeing the scale go up by one or two pounds.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that scales a faulty. It might be happening because you are weighing before or after a meal, weighing while wearing shoes or clothes, or after drinking water.
To avoid weight fluctuations, weigh yourself in the morning before breakfast.
Now, don’t panic if you notice that you’ve gained weight overnight, here’s what makes you gain or lose weight overnight.
3. Are you on your Menstrual Cycle?
During your menstruation cycle, your hormones are all over the place. It affects your moods, your feelings, and weight, too.
Depending on the stage of menses you are in, you are bound to see fluctuations in weight. You could add up to 5 pounds of weight.
The hormone estrogen is responsible for water retention and increased risk to weight gain.
So if it’s that time of the month, it’s best to wait until it’s done, then weigh in.
If you find your weight is still high even after your period, you will need to schedule a visit with an endocrinologist who will help you regulate your hormones.
4. Are you Approaching Menopause?
As you get older, your metabolism slows down plus there isn’t much activity you are doing. You tend to lose muscle mass along the way.
It’s also been noted women approaching their forties tend to have hormonal imbalances because of low estrogen levels.
These hormonal changes cause fat redistribution, which makes you lose inches in some parts while gaining in others.
A study by the American Journal of Physiology showed that the hormone estradiol used to treat menopause can lead to weight gain due to water retention.
Another comparative study done on women under hormonal replacement therapy and those not on HRT showed less weight gain in the abdomen and arms but a gain towards their thighs and hips.
5. Is your Gut Healthy?
The flora in your gut may be affecting your weight loss.
Gut bacteria is responsible for hormone regulation, immune system recovery, and digestion.
Depending on the food ingested, your gut bacteria can assist in weight loss or on the absorption of fat.
A study quoted on “Hindustan times” researched on two groups of people on the Nordic diet and Danish diet.
The results showed there was an increase in the gut bacteria Provetella in the New Nordic Diet. There was more body fat loss while the other showed less weight loss.
6. Genes could play a role
There are people who look skinny without gaining weight and there are others who look heavier. It all boils down to genes.
Genes play a role in metabolism. They affect our eating patterns and fat distribution.
An article on BBC states that there could be a defective gene in some people’s DNA that could lead to increased appetite and weight gain.
Since there is nothing you can do to change your genes, having this knowledge can give you comfort that some things are out of your control.
As long as you stick to an appropriate diet and workout schedule there is no reason to worry. Genes should not be used as an excuse to slack on your fitness.
7. You could be stressed or depressed
There will be stressful situations in life but you have to learn how to deal with them.
Just like stress can lead to weight gain in some, it doesn’t always apply to others.
In cases like depression where your moods and feelings are adversely affected, it can lead to loss of appetite while there are other anti-depressant medications that can increase appetite.
A change in moods because of medication can increase appetite. The same applies in the reverse.
Talk to your fitness instructor who can help you tweak a few things in your diet or exercise routine to achieve maximum results.
8. There could be an Underlying Medical Condition
Are you eating lots of fiber, drinking more than 2 liters of water a day, walking for 20-30 minutes but the scale isn’t budging?
You could be having an underlying medical condition that you are unaware of.
Medical conditions like Cushing’s syndrome, thyroid issues etc. could be affecting your metabolism, leading to weight gain.
In this instance, it’s best to consult a physician and dietician, who can diagnose the problem closely. There could be something you are missing.
9. You set unrealistic weight goals
Weight loss is a journey.
You can’t expect to lose 30 pounds in a week and keep it off.
It’s not easy but it’s best to set realistic goals that allow you to appreciate the gains you make, without creating unnecessary stress that can hinder your progress.
You can start by writing down short-term goals that can be achieved daily or weekly. They must be specific and measurable.
Have a journal where you jot down your diet, workouts and water intake. Or fitness apps like Myfitnesspal or Lose it.
If you’re losing inches but not weight, it means you are making progress. Keep doing what you are doing follow the suggestions in this article.
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