Ditching the layer of fat covering your six pack means you’re cutting calories and increasing your burn. But seeing the scale flash three pounds less than last week doesn’t necessarily mean all your hardwork is paying off.
There’s three explanations for weight loss, says strength and performance specialist Joel Seedman, Ph.D., owner of Advanced Human Performance in Atlanta: Losing fat, losing muscle, and losing water. With a perfect diet and workout regimen, you’ll just be shedding fat. But because there are so many moving parts when it comes to dieting and working out, chances may also be losing weight you’d rather keep.