I don’t think there is any question I hear as much as this one. When people get started on their weight loss journey, they are excited to get going and excited to change their body. They want to see the change in their body, by building muscle and losing fat. But after about 3-4 weeks or so a lot of people quit. They give up because they aren’t seeing the results they thought they would. Let’s look at the first twelve weeks of a body transformation.
Usually the first week or so you’ll experience quite a bit of weight loss. A good portion of it is usually water weight, and that happens simply from eating better and controlling your calories. It often happens from eating less sodium, and more natural foods as well. Weeks 2 and 3 are often little to no weight loss and minimal inches lost around the waist. So by the end of the first four weeks it is completely common to have lost just a few pounds a negligible on the waist. And in the mirror? Microscopic changes.
This is the part that not a lot of people make it to. After the first four weeks they often get frustrated about not seeing results right away and the getting up early and sticking to the diet is too difficult. So they quit. (insert quitting is not an option image). They quit right before they really start to see results! It is this time frame that the results start to show in your body. You’ll notice you are carrying less fat, and maybe you’ll even notice that you are gaining a bit of muscle. If you didn’t quit, then you may very well become rejuvenated and kick it into an extra gear since you are motivated by the changes you are starting to see.
The home stretch. It is often during this period that you start to get compliments about losing weight and looking better. Getting these compliments can often give you extra motivation to stick with it. You see obvious changes in the mirror and are amazed at what you have done. You commit to yourself that you will stay on the course even after the 12 weeks is up.
This is a really challenging time for a lot of people. They may have worked towards a goal for 12 weeks and then once they are there it is kind of a letdown. It’s like, okay now what? Whatever you do, don’t fall back into old, lazy, overeating habits. Take those new skills you learned and developed and build on those and build the best body that you’ve ever had. Just get past the first few weeks, and transition from the ‘done’ stage to the ‘lifetime’ stage and you’ll be just fine.
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P.S. If you haven’t checked out Tom Venuto’s Body Transformation contest, I highly recommend it! He sends the winner on a trip to Maui. It is actually one of the things that got me into fitness and put me where I’m at today!