The greatest motivation killer when it comes to the weight loss journey is perceived lack of results. When you feel that you are not seeing results, you may want to give up, like “I have been working out for 3 weeks now and I can no difference, plus I am sore all over, I might as well give up”. But if you learn where to look for your results, you will see the results and it will motivate you to achieve more.
First off, if you want to be motivated in your weightloss journey, take your before, during and after pictures, lots of them, at least once a week and download a pictures collage app that you can use to compare the results… monitor your progress visually. Your eyes won’t deceive you.
However, please note that it takes about 4 weeks for you to see your results, 8 weeks for your close family and friends to see the results on you and 12 weeks for the whole world to see. So if you haven’t consistently worked out for 4 weeks, don’t tell yourself, it is not working, just stay committed to it, be consistent at doing the right things and your result will come.
Second weight loss monitoring rule is using your old clothes to measure your progress, or buy a dress that is a size smaller, then wear it to celebrate a milestone when you fit into it, try that dress once a month until it fits perfectly… I do this all the time. Then when it fits, ohhhhhh what a rewarding feeling it brings.
Thirdly, never, ever, ever, ever totally believe your weight scale. Not because it is inaccurate, (and some are) but because it is not a comprehensive means of measuring your fitness journey, a basic weight scale cannot distinguish between what constitutes fat and what constitutes lean muscles and it cannot measure your fitness level over time.
Although, there are some recent models that measure body fat and body muscles, body mass index etc.
The more muscles you have, the slimmer and more toned you look, even though your weight scale still sees high numbers because muscles are dense by nature. Hence, you may look better and feel better as you continue to work out because you are losing body fat and gaining muscle mass, but your weight remains the same on the scale.
In conclusion, body weight measured on a scale is limited and does not flawlessly capture a person s total fitness indices. You need to become best friends with your progress pictures, your old jeans or dresses and a tape measure, when you combine all of these with the weight scale, you will have accurate analysis of your fitness level and your weightloss journey progress.
If the question on your lips is “How do I know if I have muscles or fat?” Well, if it jiggles, it’s fat… lool. Seriously.