That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could give you help..
The only way to fight this is with figures..
Measure your waist (your actual waist, not where you wear your pants) and then you can find out if you're gaining or if it just looks bigger. Fight feelings with facts!..
As long as the scale tells me I'm heading in the right direction, I'm happy. It's just an odd feeling. I guess I just feel a little uncomfortable in my body as it changes. I really should so some measurements though. That's a good point...
I've written about this a couple of times on these forums..
After losing 45+ lbs, I feel fatter (and that I look fatter) than before..
Obviously I am smaller. But for whatever reason, I'm more aware of things now and overall am not happy..
I'm really happy about the weight loss and changesdon't get me wrong. But MUCH more critical of myself now..
I see myself in the mirror now and think "god your gut is fat....you're a pig!".
I have a 36 inch waist now. I had a 43 inch waist before..
I didn't CARE before..
Still, I understand some of what you're saying..
For me, the 15-20 lbs I should still lose are more stressful than the 45+ I already lost..
Just funny that way.
I think our minds play tricks on us, especially regarding body image. I didn't really see a difference in myself until I'd lost at least 40 pounds, though others saw a difference well before then. This was in spite of needing to go to smaller clothes. It is a strange phenomenon though...
I think it's psychological. You can "get used to your own stink", but when you start dieting, you're out of the avoidance and confronting reality. Even better is to post pics and all that. Do whatever you can to make it real. Posting on the boards helped me...
I agree with Poly. Take pics. Don't base it on how you feel. I thought my gut was still huge until I took a pic and looked at it. I'm kinda sexy! Ok, not sexy yet, but working on it!..