Step away from the scale!

Joey ScafidihealthLeave a Comment

Throughout the last seven weeks of our Paleo Challenge, and in general, people are obsessed with the number on the scale. And I have to admit that at times I’ve been guilty of the same thing.  It’s gratifying to step on the scale and watch the number go down, week after week.  You assume that you’re getting fitter, leaner and more healthy but any number of things could be responsible for weight loss/gain.

When a new person joins the gym with the hope of losing weight, oftentimes it can be discouraging to actually see the number stay the same or even go up, in the beginning!

For untrained people, adding muscle is easy and in the beginning of starting a new program that’s exactly what will happen. And since muscle is more dense and heavier than fat, you could actually gain weight in the beginning.

Gaining muscle and losing fat can make it seem as if you’re not making any progress, if all you do is go by the number on the scale.

So, instead of stressing out over stepping onto the scale, day after day; focus on other, more meaningful, measures of progress.

  • How do you feel?
  • How do you look?
  • How do your clothes fit?
These are much better indicators of BODY COMPOSITION; which is what you should be concerned about, not the number on the scale.
The number on the scale doesn’t tell you what percentage of your weight is fat, what percentage is muscle and what percentage is water. It just gives you one number, bones, fat, water, muscle and all.  And that number likely varies, day to day, by a kilo or two, depending on when you weigh yourself, whether you’ve eaten or not, if you’re dehydrated or not and any other number of variables.
Easier said than done.  I know.
Find that pair of jeans that you wish you could fit into again, but can’t, and use them as a guide.  When you can fit into them again without passing out from loss of blood circulation, you’ll know that you’re on the right track.

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