Why do you lose inches before pounds?
Asked by sbozeman on Aug 04, 2008 in Weight Loss

I have started a new work out plan and in the two months, and I have only lost one pound but I have lost two inches everywhere else. The pounds are moving so slowly but I am happy that some clothes are looser. What's going on?


As you develop muscle and lose fat, you may lose inches instead of pounds, and you could even gain weight, but you will be more compact and trim. One pound of muscle is the size of a hard baseball, while one pound of fat looks like three soft NERF balls. As an added bonus, the addition of muscle means that you'll burn more calories even at rest because muscle is metabolically active tissue and fat is not.

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