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I’ve started working out 5 days a week for the past month. I’ve noticed a loss in inches but not weight. When will I start to see a difference on the scale?  I’m not a snack/sweet eater. My diet has become healthier overall. –Phyllis 


Being thinner and feeling better proves your exercise plan is working, regardless of what numbers you see!
I’d bet that your body fat percentage has improved! Body composition changes aren’t reflected on a scale. Muscle is denser than fat, so a smaller volume can weigh the same. The fact that you’ve lost inches but not pounds may mean your building muscle and burning fat. To monitor further progress, you can have your body composition checked by a Pro Results trainer at LA Fitness. Have them check it again after another month.
You may be tired of hearing “it takes time,” but results do follow the consistent effort you’ve given. Weight loss is not linear, so look at your trend over time. Realistic weight loss may be only 2 pounds per month for those making long-term changes. The good news is that you’re more likely to keep it off when weight loss is progressive. Sure and steady wins the race.  – Debbie J., MS, RD

Check out some of our other articles right here at LIVING HEALTHY for more tips on reducing body fat percentage.

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Debbie James is a registered dietitian. Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions or recommendations of Fitness International, LLC.



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