The day arrives where you decide that you want to get in shape, drop the excess body fat and generally try to live a healthier life. You exercise, eat the right foods in the right amounts (OK, most of the time you do) and you do your level best to stay motivated and positive about your new lifestyle choices.
Congratulations! You are awesome. You make each day your own and are taking back your life.
Like every other person starting out on a new fitness plan, you often consult a device that becomes the alpha and omega of your progress (THE SCALE).The scale only knows one thing: “How much does that thing on top of me weigh?” First, let us presuppose the scale is accurate to the half-pound. It will read ###.50 and you really are ###.00.
What the scale does not take into account is (1) How much is fat mass vs. lean mass? (2) How much is the bone, organ or fluid content contributing? (3) How much is food that hasn’t passed through the digestive system?
The scale provides a numeric reading, that like most other sources of information may not give the most accurate reflection if you losing fat or not. I think of it as the MSNBC of fat loss.
The scale is not the alpha and omega and should not be thought of as such.
The scale can also provide demotivation if the number on the scale does not even meet your lowest levels of expectations. I’ve seen that heartbreak firsthand more than a few times and it never get easier.
I know you’ve probably heard this before, or you’ve heard the very incorrect saying “Muscle weighs more than fat”, but let me try to really bring it home for you.
Take a look at the picture with the grapefruits. This is what goes on in your body as you exercise. You lose fat (and inches), but gain muscle, so when you weigh yourself, you might see just a small change, if any at all. But when you take pictures and measure yourself, this is where the magic happens. The tape doesn’t lie. If there is one thing I really want to impress upon you, it’s to please, please, please, please STOP weighing yourself. It’s not an accurate indication of anything at all. It’s one number in a much larger equation. If you simply must use a scale, save it for rare occasions, once a month, or if you can’t manage that, no more than once a week.
It never fails, people I KNOW who are having great days, amazing days, they are happy and energized….then they step on a scale and it all goes to hell. Why do we let a piece of machinery have that effect on us? It’s because we were raised that our weight was the “end all” indicator of our health. But, the fact of the matter is, it’s not true!
Go buy a measuring tape and snap some selfies; let me know how you “measure up” 30 days from NOW!