Don’t be Discouraged if the Scale Isn’t Moving Fast Enough
As much as we all like to see the scale moving in the right direction, your over all healthy well being isn't going to be all about the pounds you see or don't see on the scale and here's why.
Regarding the Scale...
By: Lara Harrington, ISSA, ACSM
If you’re participating in the 10 in 10 Challenge, you probably started this challenge by logging your weight. While losing 10 pounds in 10 weeks is kinda the theme here, we want you to avoid getting stuck on the dot.
The focus is on changing behavior to create new healthy habits. A great outcome from these changes may be weight loss (if you have weight to lose). However, weight is not solely responsible for quality of health. Not everyone who has 10 or more pounds to lose is necessarily unhealthy and just because someone doesn't have 10lbs. to lose doesn't necessarily mean they ARE healthy.
On the flip side, once you start working out especially if you're lifting weights (which I hope you are) the number on the scale will have a different meaning. That number no longer represents the same body you used to place on the scale. It will then represent a more fit body with more muscle.
What does that mean? One pound of muscle takes up much less space than 1 pound of fat even though they weigh the same. So you'll get to a point where the scale can only tell you so much. You may weigh the same but take up less space... thus fitting into your clothes better.
This is when it's important to not get stuck on the dot. In order to help you get a cleaner picture of the physiological change that is actually happening in your body, you should measure 2 key areas: Your abdomen (the circumference in line with your bellybutton), and your hips (the largest circumference around your bum).
Log your numbers, follow our lead, and watch the inches drop!