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When you begin a weight loss journey, you want to lose fat and get fit. However, it can be very tricky to tell if what you’re losing is fat or water.
The body can be very deceptive. Just when you think you’ve lost a few pounds, you suddenly find yourself gaining it all back. But how does this happen when you exercise and diet and follow the rules? How can you tell if what the scale says is accurate? You’re either losing body fat, water or both. Here’s how to tell if what you’re losing is actual weight.
Four signs you’re losing weight, not just water weight
1. Your clothes feel looser
If you suddenly notice a difference in the fit of your clothes, then it’s a sign. Even if the scale is being a headache, you can tell your body status by how your clothes fit. Once it’s looser than normal, you can start doing the happy dance because your fitness journey is working.
2. Steady weight loss
If the scale keeps fluctuating, even if you’re maintaining a regular diet plan, then it’s definitely not fat. Losing fat overnight and gaining it back mid-day in large amounts is a tell-tale sign that your body is being deceptive. To get the most out of your fitness journey, weight yourself properly. Do this once a week, early in the morning before breakfast and after you’ve gone to the bathroom. The result you get would be the most genuine and, if it fluctuates by a few pounds, then it’s normal. Weight fluctuating in larger amounts says otherwise.
3. You feel a constant burst of energy
When you lose weight, you feel a burst of energy. The longevity of that energy is a factor as well in proving that you’re losing genuine weight. On the contrary, when you lose water weight, you don’t feel any different since it’s just water. This is possible even if you feel dehydrated or hydrated.
4. You feel stronger than ever
Here are signs your fitness routine is working. You find that you can:
- Stand longer.
- Lift heavy items.
- Walk longer.
- Run better.
- Climb stairs easily.
- Jog longer.
- Get stronger than ever.
Please note that sudden weight loss could also be a symptom of a more serious condition. Therefore, you should visit your doctor if you feel yours is a cause for concern (especially without dieting or exercising).