So you have started your weight loss journey for a while now but you feel you have not made any progress. You look at the weight scale and your weight is still the same. You might feel hungry but are afraid to eat more because of this. All this makes you wonder whether you are even losing weight after all the hard work.
A weight scale has been the only way of measuring weight loss for decades. But numbers on the scale are not the only thing you should rely on when tracking your weight loss progress. You might have lost fat and gained muscle which could be one of the reason you still weigh the same. Are you wondering what are the first signs of weight loss that will make you realize that you are on the right track? Below are some of the most common signs you are losing weight.
1. You clothes fit better
One of the best indicators that you are losing weight is how well your clothes fit for you. If you notice that you clothes are fitting you loose or your old clothes that was once tight for you is fitting you perfectly now, it can one of the best signs that tell you are making progress.
2. Feeling Stronger
Can you perform tasks easily that was once harder for you? Can you life heavier things easily than before, walk for longer without fatigue, do more work actively? It just shows that your body has been making progress not just from outside but from inside also.
3. You can control your cravings
Are you not eating as much as before and able to control your cravings? Do you feel full by eating fewer portions? Give a pat on your back for your success.
4. Photos of your progress
Another good indicator that you are making progress is how good you look in the photos of your progress. This is one important step that you shouldn’t skip when you start your weight loss journey. Always take photos since day 1 and atleast once every week afterwards. They will show you your progress that no weighing scale can show.
5. You are more energetic
You will feel more livelier, energetic and engaged in all aspects of life. You can perform your daily activities much easier than before. For many people this has been the first indicator that they have started to lose weight.
6. Steady weight loss
If you are losing weight within a few days of starting your journey you might just be losing water weight and not fat. But if you are losing weight steadily over time, it is a good indicator that you have actually been losing fat off your body.
7. You are more hungry
This means that your metabolism has improved and you are burning more fat than before. For example, if you were skipping your breakfast before as you were not feeling hungry but have started craving for breakfast, it is a positive sign for you. So don’t freak out if you are hungry often. Just don’t move your hands over that snacks. Listen to your body and feed it with good food accordingly.
8. You look different in mirror
This is normal human habit of checking yourself in the mirror regularly. If you have started noticing that your torso has slimmed down, your arms are more shapely than before, it is a sign that you are losing weight.
9. You have gained weight
You might find this unusual but if you have started gaining weight it could mean that you have started to build muscle. This means that you have started to burn more fat and all the extra weight might be due to the muscle that you have pumped.
These are the most common signs of weight loss. Always remember not to always rely only on weigh scale when tracking your progress. It might take some time to figure out whether you are actually losing weight or your body is playing tricks with you. Just have patience and don’t lose your motivation. Keep an eye out on the indicators above and always keep a journal of your progress and within time you will thank yourself. Good luck.