One of the most frustrating things to me as a fitness professional is the obsession with weight many people have. All too often, the number on the scale gets more attention than how someone actually looks and feels.
With that being said, I wanted to highlight a few do’s and don’ts that can make a big impact in your mental well-being when it comes to stepping on the scale.
· Do realize that weight and size are two very, very different things
· Don’t lose sight of your ultimate goal because you’re too focused on a number
You can gain muscle and lose size, without losing weight. Put as simply as possible, body recomposition is trading body fat for lean muscle. What most people don’t realize is that a pound of fat takes up much more space than a pound of muscle. That means, if you’re utilizing a weight-lifting routine (you should be!), you may see increases in muscle tone and a loss in size, without seeing the number the scale change dramatically.
That is OK - It’s how you look and feel that matters! In all likelihood, you decided that you wanted to lose weight because of a passing comment on your size or a pair of jeans that no longer fit. So why would you base your fitness goals on your weight instead of your size and appearance?
· Do weigh yourself once a week, upon waking, before eating or drinking anything
· Don’t weigh yourself every single day and panic when your weight rollercoasters
There are a multitude of reasons your weight fluctuates daily. Everything from hydration and bathroom habits to stress and eating habits can dramatically impact your weight on a day to day basis. The best thing you can do is weigh yourself once a week and look for a downward trend over time if you’re looking to lose pounds.
Obviously, there are situations when the number matters, particularly for those with an abundance of weight to lose. However, for the average American looking to “lose a few pounds,” these Do’s and Don’ts should come in handy.
If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to comment below or email me directly.
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