Is Your Fitness Routine Actually Working? Here Are 5 Things to Know

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There's nothing more frustrating than eating healthy, going to the gym and feeling like you're at a standstill. The numbers on the scale haven't moved since your last check-in and are staring up at you, taunting you, making you feel like all your work has been for nothing. But the thing is, a lot of times you're just building more muscle mass, which can even cause you to gain weight. However, if you still aren't feeling like you're seeing a transformation in your body composition and you're noticing a lack of definition, it can be extremely disheartening to get such stagnant (or rising) scale feedback. That's why we got in touch with two fitness experts: Ngo Okafor (who trains mega-celebs like J.Lo and Naomi Campbell) and Thumbtack personal trainer Katilyn Noble for their thoughts on how to actually tell if what you're doing is working.

Ahead, their honest answers.