If you are using a scale to track weight loss & keeping up an exercise routine, don’t get discouraged if the number goes up!
By Carol Rickard
As I promised last week, today I am going to explain why I don’t like using the scale outside of the holidays to track weight loss.
They aren’t the most accurate way to measure your progress.
Instead, I like to encourage people to pick an outfit or a pair of pants they can’t fit in to or that are a little tight as their progress tracker!
Muscle is more dense than fat. So as a person strengthens muscles, they are naturally going to gain weight if they hop on a scale!
One way to understand this is to imagine taking two empty coffee cans of the exact same size.
One can you fill with cotton.
The other can you fill with sand.
Do they “weigh” the same?
The can of sand is heavier because sand is denser than cotton!
Just like muscle is denser than fat!
When I used to work as an exercise specialist & certified trainer, I’d have people start an exercise program & then get mad when the scale went up.
However, when I reminded them they had to go down a notch in their belt or down a size in their clothes, they finally began to get it!
That is why we used body composition testing at the health & fitness centers where I worked.
It was more accurate than a scale for monitoring a person’s progress.
I realize there are several weight loss programs which base a person’s progress solely on the scale going down.
If you must use a scale, I want to encourage you to ALSO pick out those clothes you want to fit in to a little better!
~ To Living Well TODAY! ~
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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