Tuesday, February 18, 2014

it's NOT the same…..

I have said it before and I will say it again…….

Losing pounds on the scale does not mean that you are more fit, it just means you are lighter, which doesn't mean much at all!!!

It's actually easy to lose 5 pounds of weight no problem, anyone can do that in a 24 hour fast.  Losing 5 pounds of pure body fat is a totally different story…..now that takes time and effort!  I hate knowing that a 5 pound weight difference can either make or break a persons day.  Have a bad weekend and 5 pounds can easily make someone feel down in the dumps.  I suggest you just toss the scale!  Or only refer to it once a month if you are just that curious. 

It may sound odd, but it's possible to get thinner without actually seeing a change on the scale.  This happens when you lose body fat while gaining muscle.  Your weight can actually stay the same even as you lose inches, but PLEASE know that you are going in the RIGHT direction.  You CAN be getting results even though the scale doesn't change.  Understanding the difference between losing weight and losing body fat can change how you get results and will definitely change how you look at your own body!  Even the light weight people out there need to be careful.  You can have low body weight, but still have unhealthy levels of body fat.

A lot goes into that number that the scale provides for you.  Water, food, bones, organs, fat, muscle, have you pooped today?!?  You may laugh but seriously! So for those reasons the scale isn't worth your time to track your progress, especially if it has so much control over the way it makes you feel.  Good or Bad!

Great changes can be happening with your body that the scale will not tell.  If you are doing cardio and strength training, you may build lean muscle tissue at the same time you are losing fat.  In that case, the scale may not budge even though you are getting leaner and slimmer.  Don't let it get you down and discouraged.  Just trust the process.  You know deep down if you are truly doing what it takes to become more fit.

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