When is a stall NOT a "stall"?
This is a rhetorical question, actually, that has an answer. I have been scratching away for 5 weeks to whittle away a measly 3 pounds. Hovering at one weight for days, then dropping a smidge, then hovering again, etc, etc. At that time 5 wks ago I was at a happy 33.6% BF, down from an initial 40.7%. Good reason to be happy. Then came the last 5 rather unexciting, at times discouraging, weeks. However..... my measurements this morning came out to 29.9% BF, a loss of 3.7% in that time, as well as a loss of 3.75 total inches. Woot! It's a gain of lean muscle mass, which is why TF says MEASURE EVERYTHING. I added HIIT to my program along with my kettlebell workouts, and think that made a difference.
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Yep, that's how it's been for me lately! I've actually gained a pound or two over the last week, but my TI have dropped significantly in that interval. I think the most important thing for me on this diet is to not use weight as my metric so as to not get discouraged. We're both making progress, but our scale doesn't reflect that like we're used to.
I find that I never lose weight on a consistent, linear basis. I drop 5+lbs in a week and then stall the next week or two.. It's annoying and tests my patience a little but taking measurements helps track progress more accurately. Great post, it explains why on diets, especially low carb/high protein ones, muscle gain/exercise etc can make the number on the scale freeze but yet we still keep losing fat , which is more important than simply losing 'weight'.
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