And all of this highlights why the normal fluctuations in the scale aren't a good way to gauge fat loss. If you can add 6 pounds in a day but little to no actual body fat, just by manipulating your water balance, it should be easy to understand why the scale can not move at all for several weeks, while you're in fact losing body fat the entire time.
Right! Like with me, my weigh in this morning on the scale is really no reflection of what's truly going on within my body. Today I was 135, and back on April 27th, I was 135. But the difference is, during the time I spent being glycogen depleted through strict low-carbing, I was burning body fat. And like Nimm also stated, by increasing physical activity over the previous 2 months for me, I've gained muscle.
I don't have the funds or access to a bodpod or any other highly dependable methods of fat/muscle percentages. But I do have a bioimpedance weight scale. I know it's often touted as inaccurate, but since it's the only numbers I have to go by, it's somewhat accurate overall for me. I just make sure to test no more than once a week, sometimes every other week. I test same time, straight out of bed, fresh from the blankets where I've just sweated all night, and before any liquid consumption.
The results for me? All of March, some of April my reading for body fat was between 31-33%. All of June it's been 24-26%. And so far for the month of June I've done no actual dieting at all. Honestly though, I suspect my BF% to be even lower than that, or else I wouldn't have the visible signs of my abdomen muscles popping out.
It seems to me, depleting my glycogen stores briefly did in fact allow me to burn my own body fat.. while AT THE SAME TIME, concentrate on building muscle. It was totally worth giving up carbs like I did.
However, I found I needed a break from extreme low-carbing. It got repetitious, and created an atmosphere where I was constantly thinking of food, almost to an addiction point.
But I really don't think I've un-done all the hard work that was done during April-May. Sure my weight is pretty much the same, but my body composition is not.
And now I can continue on with a fresh mind set, a slower planned loss, continuing muscle gain, and definitely adding in more carbs just for the sheer enjoyment of them.
Overall, I gotta say staying glycogen depleted worked for me, but in a short term sense. From here on out, I'll be focusing more on a calorie balance, and less of a macro-nutrient balance.
** You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it. –Albert Einstein **