Client: "Why is my weight staying the same.. I'm working so hard!"
Coach (me): Your body can change without your weight changing, it's 100% normal. In short, you're building muscle while burning fat and the scale doesn't account for that.
This is why I encourage you all to set goals related to more than just the scale and take specific measurements, so you can see the numbers will drop around your body when the scale may not.
Further, as you have just begun your fitness journey, you are performing exercises your body isn't use to. Many changes are happening neurologically, muscularly, and visceral (around your organs), which all may not be noticeable physically.
Remember to take note about how you're feeling and set goals related to confidence, energy levels, attitude, and strength. If you want tips on goal setting, check out my blog on the 4 tiers of goals
Your weight can be a good indicator on the effectiveness of your current exercise and nutrition plan. BUT there are reasons why you shouldn't expect to see those numbers decrease drastically each week.
As I've discussed before, when you want to burn fat you need to participate in cardio and resistance based exercises. We have learned that our body's fat burning ability increases with muscle growth. So, if you're burning fat while gaining muscle the scale is going to give you a number that is deceiving. Why? Because muscle growth comes with weight gain. Muscle actually weighs more than fat! The weight you gain from muscle growth is going to make your body more efficient at burning the excess fat you're hoping to shed. It is likely that some weeks your body will fluctuate by
-+5 pounds due to the muscle growth you're experiencing.
It's really important not to get discouraged by the scale. A lot of people depend too much on the numbers and their motivation dwindles.