We’ve all been there. You go to your doctor’s office for your physical and on the way to the exam room you hear those dreaded words “Step on the scale”. At that moment many of us feel like we need to start shedding as many clothing items as possible. Our once very well put together outfit including shoes, socks, belt, earrings, sweater, and anything else that can go is now on the floor. We want the measurement to be accurate, don’t we? Well, guess what? Even then it may not be.
I myself have weighed the same weight since I was 13 years old, yet the size of my clothes has actually changed quite a bit over the years. How can this be? Well, it’s because muscle weighs more than fat, so dont be surprised that while you’re reaping the many benefits of weight training (including increasing your metabolism and increasing the release of growth and tissue repair hormones) you may not necessarily notice the scale moving. In my case, I have been 4 different dress sizes and weighed the same.
So put the scale away and do this instead. A much better way to gage weight loss is to notice how your clothes are fitting. By replacing fat with lean muscle, you WILL notice more room in your clothes. And remember, you have to be healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to be healthy. Having your lifestyle and nutrition plan evaluated is a critical step in achieving your weight loss goals. An unhealthy, unbalanced body will hold on to fat/weight until it is well. To learn more, feel free to contact us. We’re always here to help.
Nutrition & Wellness Specialist
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