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Seeing quick results is extremely important because, let’s face it, nobody wants to try hard without getting any results. Our brain needs positive feedback in order to believe that the weight loss program you are following is actually “worth it”.
If you exercise and eat right for a week – and then you see that you lost weight and fat, that would be great motivation for you to stay on your weight loss program. If you see no results, chances are you’ll just stop the following plan.
You said that you may not be seeing results right away. By “results” I assume you mean losing weight. But remember that you may be gaining muscle and losing fat. So, although the scale doesn’t change much, your body composition does. And ultimately, that’s what the game is all about…
I remember when I first bought creatine supplements I thought I was just getting fat and I was about to kill it when I learned that it was water retention weight and not bad in any way.
If you haven’t measured how much fat you have before you start your weight loss program, the scale can be really misleading. Sometimes, just seeing how your clothes fit on you may be a much more accurate method of watching your progress…
Are you getting stronger and do you have more endurance every workout? If yes, then you are on track and you are already getting “results”. Keep a “training log.” Have a notepad with you and note down the exercises you do, how many reps you do, how much weight you lift etc. Every time you try to work out, look at the logs of your earlier workout. Can you do better this time? Can you lift some more weight or do a couple more reps? then you are moving forward…
How do you feel? Do you feel stronger? Do you have more energy? Do you feel “tighter” all over your body? These are also good signs that you are moving in the right direction…
Try to measure your weight AND fat percentage, say once a week. Do it in the morning on an empty stomach. You may see that you have lost just “a little” fat and you have gained just “a little” muscle. But Rome wasn’t built in a day. The way you climb a mountain is one step at a time. There’s a lot to be said about consistency and there’s strength in numbers. Small improvements add up over time with TREMENDOUS results. It’s what the Japanese call “Kaizen”…
If you follow a weight loss program for “three days”, not much will happen. But, if you follow this same program (or even one that is slightly less “perfect”) for a long time – say 365 days, then you will literally not believe the results…
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