Let me give you the best advice you’ll hear in regard to weight-management, “THROW AWAY THE SCALES.” Focusing on your weight is the very reason why most people fail on their weight loss attempts.
Did you know that is actually possible for someone to lose a lot of body fat and get loads slimmer without actually losing weight?
If you are working out and training in the correct way to lose body fat on a regular basis its a given that you will be gaining some more muscle, especially if you are a relative newcomer to exercise.
One of the first things people tell me, when I ask them what their fitness goals are, is that they want to “lose weight”. What the majority of these people mean is that they want to lose FAT!
People have become so fixated on what the little number on the scale tells them each day, that some may actually cease their exercise program because the little number says that they have gained a pound.
Let’s look at it like this if you are working out, which you need to, and therefore you gain lets say 4lbs of muscle, even if during that time you lose 4lbs of body fat the scales are going to tell you haven’t lost any weight.
As you are hung up on what the scales say, believing it is weight loss you are after, you are going to be very disappointed, however the reality is that you will already be a lot slimmer as that 4lbs of muscle takes up a lot less space than 4lbs of fat. Plus the fact muscle looks so much better than fat.
As a rough example a lb of muscle is roughly the same size as a large strawberry and in comparison a pound of fat is about the same size of a 500g or (1lb) tub of butter. The pound of muscle is a lot more dense and firmer and therefore takes up less space, which in reality is most peoples goal.
That’s why it’s so crazy people’s hang up’s on what the scales show. But you all knew this. So you weigh yourself every morning, before breakfast, with no clothes on. No food in you, no excessive amount of water, and the kids are still in bed. Good! This is a bit more accurate. The bones and organs aren’t going to change, so you’re concerned with muscle and fat fluctuations.
Let’s think about what it shows you. Your total body weight, including muscle, fat, bones, organs, undigested food, water, clothing, dirt under your nails, I think you get my point.
So my advice to you if your goal is to lose weight then throw out your scales.
It doesn’t matter what the scales say – It’s JUST A NUMBER!
If you are decreasing size and getting smaller, your clothes are going to be the best judge of this. So do yourself a favour and throw away the scales.