I am about 5 weeks into my personal training contract, and still I have not lost weight. My scale is also showing the same body fat--down about 1%. This seemed impossible. My measurements are consistently dropping, especially my waist. Something has to give.
But last week my trainer switched from a 4-point caliper measurement of my body fat to a 7 point with a more comprehensive equation to see if we could capture what is obviously happening with my body. Every single day someone comments on how much weight I am losing and how good I look. I feel like I can't really accept that compliment, in my head, if I have no evidence to back it up--yet it is obviously true that my body is leaner.
Today, he presented me with the evidence at my training session. My body fat percentage has dropped 9%!* Zoinks! So, that's what happened. He said he re-ran the numbers 3 times to make sure it was right. Now that's motivating!
We had a "shock" workout today--endurance and strength, high reps. I am jelly, and heading to the shower next. But I feel good. My clothes are fitting much better. I feel better. Things are good.
The next phase will be to get some more weight loss. I think if I can increase my calories a little and drop the carbs a little more I might get some improved results. I'm right around 900-1000 cal/day right now, but maybe 1200-1400 with more protein would help a bit (I am between 60-90g protein now). Let's see.
*ETA: I previously reported 12% drop. This was from what my Aria scale reported to what my trainer reported. Actually, his initial body fat calculation was 35%, not 38%, like my scale said. So the drop to 26% is actually a 9% drop when comparing apples to apples, so to speak. Or pears to pears. :)