When starting a new diet or workout regimen, most people expect to make reasonably consistent progress toward their weight loss goals. If, for instance, an individual wants to lose 25 lbs in the next six months, they generally hope to shed around 1 lb per week.
Unfortunately, the real world does not operate with such accuracy. Instead of consistently losing about 1 lb each week, this person is likely to lose approximately 2-3 lbs per week for the first month or so. Thereafter, they may only notice their weight dropping by around 0.5 lbs every seven days.
This phenomenon does not occur because that individual is likely to give up on their goals after a few weeks. It happens because of the way the human body becomes trimmer, fitter, and healthier.
In the early stages of their workout program, most dieters and gym-goers tend to lose a lot of water weight and fat in a hurry. That is why people generally see a steep reduction in their overall body weight during the first month of their fitness regimen.
After a few weeks, however, most folks have burned through the vast majority of their water weight. Around that same time, they will also begin to realize the results of the hours that they are spending in the gym. In other words, they will begin to gain muscle mass.
These factors are the main reasons why weight-reduction happens at a significantly reduced pace past the one-month mark.
Of course, the fact that an individual is not seeing lower numbers on their weighing scale every week does not mean that they are failing to become fitter and healthier. A person who loses 1 lb of fat but gains 1 lb of muscle in a week will not notice a difference on the scale, but they are undoubtedly becoming a healthier human being.
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