The Smaller You: Success Beyond the Scale
Why inches lost are more important than pounds!
One of the most common questions we hear in Customer Support is, “I haven’t lost any pounds! I feel so much better, but the scale isn’t moving. Why is this happening?” When I hear this, I always follow up with: “But have you lost any inches?”, and almost always the answer is YES!
When following the GOLO Metabolic plan as directed, most people start to see results sometime within the first 2-4 weeks. Some will lose pounds first, and others will lose inches. It is important to remember that both tools are important and that everyone loses weight differently.
While on a weight loss journey, finding small victories are important to stay motivated and confident, but we need to consider the overall picture. That’s why I always remind members who may not be losing pounds as fast as others, that the scale is not always the best representation of progress. So many things affect that number, so you can’t let it get you down. I also remind them that GOLO is not a “lose weight fast” gimmick or a fad weight loss program. GOLO is a sustainable way to lose weight for the long term and to keep it off for good! We don’t claim that you will lose 30 lbs. in 30 days because not only is that type of loss not sustainable, it is also not healthy.
Everyone likes to use the scale to measure success. It’s fun to share with our friends and family how much weight we have lost. It’s a useful tool but using it in isolation could be very misleading.
All of this sounds good but many people are still plagued with the question of WHY. Well, there are several reasons why you may notice a loss of inches before pounds.
- Exercise — If you are exercising, then you might hear people say the reason is because “muscle weighs more than fat”. This is a common misconception, that isn’t exactly true. Muscle is actually denser than fat, so when you lose fat and increase muscle mass with exercise, what you have done is to increase your resting metabolic rate. This means that you will burn more calories each day simply because your body is made up of less fat and more lean tissue.
- Re-composition — If you aren’t exercising but are still noticing a loss of inches before pounds it strongly suggests that your body is simply going through a re-composition. You are losing fat, which takes up a lot of space, and are left with a greater proportion muscle mass which takes up less space. This is way more exciting than losing weight on the scale because you are improving your body composition, and this sets you up for much bigger wins in the future!
- Sodium or alcohol — There are other situations which could affect your overall weight in the short-term, such as recent meals that have a high sodium content (basically any time you eat out). Another factor is alcohol consumption, even just a few drinks per week can cause weight loss on the scale to stall. This doesn’t mean you can’t ever have a drink, but it is important to remember that if you have had alcohol, your weight loss that week may not be as big as it is on the weeks where you don’t have any happy hour drinks.
- Misc. other factors — Things like meal timing, hormones, stress and, believe it or not, even the phase of the moon can affect the number that shows up on the scale! (I know, people are always blaming the moon for things but look it up, it is actually true!)
At the end of the day, how you look and feel is most important. Have you lost inches? Do you look better in your favorite outfit? Do you feel healthier, less tired, happier and more productive? Remember, if you have lost inches then you are smaller! And people see a smaller you, they don’t know the number that shows up on your bathroom scale (unless you tell them) and I don’t think many of us do that.
During your weight loss journey, I strongly encourage you to not only weigh yourself but to measure your waist as well. It’s optimal for you to do this once a week — preferably at the same day/time — then keep track of those numbers over 60-days in order to monitor your “real” results.
Don’t get down if that scale number goes up one week. As long as you are trending downward over the long-term you are doing great! Enjoy the SMALLER YOU!