Boy is it hard to lose weight. But when we say things like that, we’re pretty much preaching to the choir right? We all know how hard it is to lose weight and chances are that you’re struggling through the process now as well. However, there’s nothing like seeing your body transform right before your eyes as your weight loss progresses. Now, it may take time for you (and for others), to notice the changes in your body and the fact of the matter is that it’s really not going to be the same for everyone. So how long does it actually take for people to notice weight loss in a person?
Different Strokes for Different Folks
Like we said earlier, there are several factors that come into play when we’re talking about noticing results of weight loss. For example, some factors are an individual’s starting weight, their eating plan and their exercise regimen. Generally, however, if we’re talking averages, it usually takes about 2 weeks to see noticeable changes in one’s body if they are sticking to their weight loss plan religiously. If you’re like us, however, overviews aren’t enough. So, let’s get into the nitty gritty and dive into the different factors of weight loss and how long it takes to be noticed.
Factor 1: Your Starting Weight
The rate at which you, and the people around you for that matter, notice your weight loss and see the physical changes in your body largely depends on your starting weight. For example, if you’re an individual that falls into the morbidly obese category, in terms of body mass index, it’s not uncommon for your weight to drop dramatically over the span of a few days. Some individuals have even reported startling weight loss of 20 pounds in a single day due to water weight. As such, if you’re larger, it will take much less time to notice weight loss. This is especially true in the early days of your diet program. If you’re smaller or don’t need to lose as much weight, the results could take longer to be noticeable to others but will be noticeable to you in just a matter of weeks. After all, no one knows your body better than you.
Factor 2: You Diet
Diets these days are crazy. There are all kinds of restrictions now that trigger massive weight loss (some unhealthy, mind you), and there are even diets that are supposedly tailored for your blood type to help you lose more weight than you would on another program. The most popular diet these days are set up to trigger an initial phase of rapid weight loss. Such diets include the South Beach diet, Ketosis, and the Atkins diet. As such, another factor in the rate of which you notice weight loss will largely depend on the diet that you’re following. Rapid weight loss diets, however, aren’t always healthy. So, remember to find a balance between weight loss that’s healthy and the results that you’re looking for. It’s also worth mentioning that the most advisable thing to do is to change your lifestyle altogether.
Factor 3: Carbohydrate Intake
If we’re talking about the numbers on the scale, then carbohydrate intake has a lot to do with the rate at which you notice the weight loss. The simple reason behind it is that restricting your carbs can lead to much more rapid rate of water weight loss. Now, this doesn’t only translate to the scales either. It’s actually also got some impact on your physical appearance as dropping water weight is likely to make you look thinner (as well as feel thinner). In fact, for some individuals, losing water weight can actually cause them to go down a size in clothing. Remember though that losing water weight is very different from losing fat. Dropping water weight is easy, but it’s also exceptionally easy to gain it back.
Where Will You Notice the Changes?
Seeing and noticing the changes of weight loss is much like watching a play. There are many parts and acts to it and the pacing isn’t always going to be the same. Most people think that the only true measure of success is the weighing scale, and while the numbers are definitely an indication of progress, they don’t accurately depict just how far you’ve actually already come. So where should you look when you want to monitor your progress?
- It Will Start with the Weighing ScaleUsually, you’ll start seeing concrete changes on the weighing scale first. This is especially true if you’re using one of those new high-tech scales because they actually pick up even the smallest changes in your overall body weight (down to a fraction of a pound!).
- You’ll Notice Changes in the Fit of Your Clothes NextJust because you’re not going down a size right away doesn’t mean that you won’t see or notice progress in your weight loss through your clothing. For example, you’ll begin to notice that your pants are a little less tight around your waist or that your upper arms have a little more wiggle room in your long sleeves. Perhaps your clothes will start to hang a bit looser on you or that bodycon dress that you love isn’t as form fitting as it was before. Eventually, as time goes on, you’ll start needing to go down a couple of clothing sizes.
- Then You’ll Notice Your Actual Body PartsThe last place you’ll notice the chances is in your actually body parts. While it’s true that these changes take place throughout the entire weight loss process, you’ll start seeing significant changes a couple months or so into the process. For example, you may not notice the reduction of size in your upper arms until you’ve a solid 10 pounds. It’s also important to remember that your exercise program could be sculpting your body, making it tighter, while keeping the number on the scale the same or even higher (remember that muscle weighs more than fat!).