We’re officially half way through January and those of us who have our New Years Resolution as weight loss have now joined a gym and have given up the junk food and the pastries to work toward our goal weight. So now it’s about time to step on the scale and really start to focus on the numbers, right?
Too many people get discouraged by the number they see on the scale.
You’re working out every day, eating clean, and then one day you step on that scale and the numbers haven’t budged. As difficult as it is to do, you need to stop obsessing over that number on the scale and start looking at alternative ways to track the progress you have worked so hard for.
It is a common myth that, “muscle weighs more than fat.”
One pound is one pound – whether it’s fat, muscle, rocks, feathers, etc…. What you need to understand is that the amount of space that a pound of fat takes up in the body is a lot more than a pound of muscle does. This means that you can fit a lot more pounds of muscle in a smaller space than you could fit fat. It is important to track your progress in ways other than recording the numbers on the scale.
Taking body measurements or just paying attention to how your clothes fit you are both great ways to see that your hard work is paying off.
Weight constantly fluctuates, whether you ate a high sodium meal, drank a ton of water, or didn’t drink any at all. If you are going to step on the scale it should be once a month, at the same time of day. That way you have a more accurate measurement and you won’t obsess over it nearly as much. With all this being said, I am not giving you an excuse to get lazy with your goals. Strive high, set realistic goals, and work your butt off to get them. If you are still not seeing or feeling the results you want, then maybe it’s time to start changing things up. Whether it be making adjustments to your diet, meeting with one of our exercise physiologists, or trying a challenging group fitness class!
– Taylor, Exercise Physiologist at Dedham Health