Feeling body change, but the scale won't budge

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Hello everybody!

I have been on Paleo (very strict minus the odd drink a couple of times) for about a month. I lost ten pounds the first two weeks and am feeling great! I am just wondering why I can feel my body change and alter (stomach flatter, boobs smaller, etc), yet after those first two weeks the scale won't budge! I am not saying that I will be unhappy in my current state until the scale goes down, but I am just curious as to why I can definitely feel results and not see them. Any idea if it will move down? I am planning on staying Paleo for the rest of my life because I have never felt better, is this just a plateau ?




on August 14, 2013
at 04:04 PM

You may be anticipating a "whoosh". This is when you drop a lot of weight seemingly overnight due to the excess water being expelled from body cells. I've heard of people stalling for 1-3 weeks and then losing up to 5lbs!

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on August 14, 2013
at 02:39 PM

Don't worry about the scale... if you're on Paleo to feel better, the inches and pounds will drop more slowly. If you already feel comfortable on the food program, you can add sports/training/physical activity etc. Also be careful about fruit amount, especially in the evening... I started Paleo to feel better and to have more energy for studying and it has worked wonders, the byproduct was I started seeing all of my abs again :D it was a slow process and I wasn't even aiming for it. So again, don't worry about the scale cause its also misleading. Good luck

ps. The initial weight drop is also a result of deflation - a lot of water left your body, stomach flattened, boobs shrunk etc. That's why the scale can be misleading. If you start high intensity training you can expect short term weight gain because of acute inflammation and water build up in your muscles... nothing to worry about though.


on August 14, 2013
at 04:02 PM

It can be hard not to be a slave to the scale. Especially when you see the pounds drop. My advice, don't look at the scale. I've had moments where the scale won't budge. But you know what? When I put on my belt this morning, I was able to use one less notch. I smiled with joy! I feel better, my clothes are fitting better, and my energy levels are great! Listen to your body, not the scale....Unless your scale says things like, "Hey Sexy! Looking good today!" or "Hmm..Somebody fine just walked into the bathroom!"



on August 20, 2013
at 06:38 PM

Everyday Paleo has a great post about why using the scale as a measurement of fat loss is dumb: Attention Scale Addicts.

And the money shot from his follow-up article:



on August 14, 2013
at 02:07 PM

If you feel great & your stomach is flatter etc why are you even worrying about how much you weigh? You sound like you are getting good results so just enjoy it. Just for the record, lean muscle is heavy but doesn't take up as much room as fat so when you lose fat & gain some lean muscle you will look smaller but still weigh the same. Ditch those scales.


on August 14, 2013
at 06:25 PM

Body recomposition is very common, resulting in a fitter figure and greater health, but little or positive scale fluctuation. Most often, this is caused by muscle gain/fat loss, but water retention or level of hydration are also large factors.

A simple tape measure, or an accurate bio-impedance (body-fat/composition-measuring) scale is far less blunt than a simple scale.

*Muscle is far heavier/cubic cm than fat.



on August 14, 2013
at 03:23 PM

Like everyone on here will say: "Don't worry about the scale". As a matter of fact I would suggest getting rid of you scale.

If you feel better, people will take notice.

When you see an attractive person did you ever thought: "Woow that person must be x amount of pounds?" No you'll think "thats one fine piece of ass".

Seriously, get rid of the scale and use the mirror and your own feeling.

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