I started a diet about 6 weeks ago to lose weight. I am trying to follow a pattern of healthy eating and going to the gym 5 days a week. At the gym I jog, do uphill walking, cross training, etc. My diet consists of eating healthily, cutting out crisps/chocolates/fatty/snacks etc. I eat 3 well-balanced meals a day. The problem is though I haven’t lost any weight – instead the scales show me that I have put it on! I really don’t understand though because my clothes seem to be becoming slightly loose. Am I doing something wrong? -Yonatan

Hi Yonatan,

Congratulations! You are probably losing fat and gaining muscle mass at the same time, which could be the reason for the scale not changing. Scale weight can be a good indicator of nutritional status (ie…overweight, underweight, etc…), but it is not the only one. Your gym might have someone who can take your body fat measurement using a caliper. If not, you can buy your own, and use our body fat calculator to figure it out.

An even easier way to loosely track your body fat is just to take a tape measure and measure your hips, waist, arms, etc… This way, you can keep track of your measurements and have a more accurate picture of what is going on, rather than simply relying on the scale to tell you the entire story. Good luck with your health journey. Let us know if you have any more questions.

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