Most people who give up cold turkey on dieting do so because they realize that they aren’t losing as much weight as they were when they first started their diets. That is pretty disheartening, we get that. Though, what people don’t seem to think about is why they might have lost more weight at the beginning of a diet and then had their weight loss plateau after a huge weight loss spike at the start. Don’t give up just yet! This article will tell you exactly why you had such dramatic results at first, and why you won’t be seeing the same results as time goes on.
Water WeightThe human body is largely comprised of mostly water, and when you start dieting, it goes away immediately. This weight is just called water weight, and it’s the first thing to go when you start a new diet. A lot of people report losing up to ten or twenty pounds right off the bat, so understandably you would get a little upset when you suddenly stopped losing huge amounts of weight at a time. Just keep in mind that your body will lose this weight at the start, and don’t bother factoring it into your overall weight loss goals. Accepting this will make it a lot easier to bear when you don’t keep dropping weight at the same rate.
No Muscle BuiltWhen you first lost all that water weight, you hadn’t built any muscle yet from working out. Muscle weighs a lot more than fat because it’s very dense, so it might actually look like you’ve gained weight the more you hit the gym. This isn’t a bad thing – your body will start becoming more toned, and you’ll start seeing results after about a month or so of diet and exercise. Some people assume that they’re failing on their diet because they’ve gained weight or haven’t moved down at all on the scales for weeks, but don’t worry. That’s just your body building up muscle. If you give up after that, then you’re just going to end up gaining all the weight back and you’ll be back at square one all over again. Just keep persevering, because your body is going to start getting better and better.
Foreign to Your Body
Remember, if you haven’t tried diet and exercise before, your body will respond to it in new and foreign ways. Some people actually feel sick when they start dieting, so just remember that it’s not something that you’re doing wrong. This is just your body’s way of coping. Once you start exercising, the muscle tissue is constantly being torn and then built back up to be stronger than before. You lost weight at the beginning because your body thought that you were entering a more stressful time in your life, so you needed to get rid of your fat reserves. There are always going to be stubborn bits of fat that you just can’t get rid of, too. Sadly, this is just biology and it can’t be avoided. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Just keep working those problem areas to smooth them out as much as possible.