The last few weeks have made for a really interesting weight loss journey. As I begin week four of that journey, I wanted to write this post today for all of you who are struggling to lose weight while being gluten free. As I have written, it’s an uphill battle. But it’s particularly discouraging when you are doing everything right, and the scale doesn’t move.
If you are not losing pounds, but you are losing inches, you are moving in the right direction, regardless of what the scale says. It helps if you can see those inches being lost. The easiest way to see it is by taking pictures of your progress.
I am not one to have my picture taken, and I’m even less likely to publish it online. Especially when I am overweight. But it’s important to track your progress without relying on the scale to tell you that you have or haven’t’ done well.
The picture on the left was taken the day I started Weight Watchers on July 17th. The picture on the right was taken yesterday. I have to date only lost 3 pounds. But you can see that I have lost quite a few inches. (I just happen to be wearing the same shirt-I did not plan that LOL.)
Had I not taken that picture yesterday, I might have gotten very discouraged. So what exactly is going on?
If you are losing inches but not pounds, you are losing fat and gaining muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat, so the scale will not go down as much. But once you gain that muscle, you burn more calories, so the scale will eventually drop.
So instead of focusing on numbers, focus on these:
- Your clothes are getting looser
- you are losing inches (use a tape measure)
- You feel better
- You have more energy
- Your cravings have decreased
- You are making healthier choices
- You are exercising more
I am still struggling with my carb addiction. I am eating less of them, but it’s really difficult. I am sure that at some point I will go off the wagon, but as long as I get right back on it, it’s okay to slip now and again.
My goals are to be able to wear shorts or a swimsuit without being embarrassed, to feel better about myself, and most of all, to be healthier. I still have a long way to go, but I am making progress.
So make the scale one of your weight loss tools, but not the only one. That will result in a healthier, happier you!