How can the scale be both an angel and a devil?
Myth: The Scale Determines Your Physical Progressions
Are you trying to lose weight, tone up, or gain muscle? Do you rely on the scale to determine your progress…and your mood? Bad news is, that scale will subliminally do the latter – wreak havoc on your emotions for absolutely no good reason. Good news is, that number you are reading between your feet most often cannot truly determine your physical progressions for a number of reasons:
- The scale does not know the difference between fat, muscle, and water in your body.
- Your weight fluctuates so easily throughout the day, based on food and water intake, and exercise.
- In an attempt to change your body, you likely may have gained more muscle before shrinking fat (hooray!)
Now you must be thinking, “how the heck do I know if I’m actually making progress?” A few quick, yet more accurate tips below:
- You’ve heard the song “Hips Don’t Lie”, well, jeans don’t lie either. If they continue to fit like a glove, you aren’t making much progress.
- Have a friend or trainer at your gym do circumference measurements once a month. This is a great indicator of muscle to fat compositions.
- And if you must use a scale, weigh yourself first thing in the morning, every few days (and certainly NOT after a night of cocktails and/or a naughty meal!)
Keep up the great work. Change is near. Surround yourself with like-minded, motivated individuals to keep your healthy lifestyle just that, your lifestyle! Fitness IS the fountain of youth!
Samantha Isaacson, N.A.S.M.Certified Personal Trainer
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