Why You Should Consider Ditching The Scales

So you look better, you like what you see in the mirror and your performance in the gym has improved…

BUT

You haven’t lost weight.

Those damn scales still say the same as they did before.

Does it matter?

Not really.

Yeah, weight can be a useful measurement for tracking progress but the scales aren’t the be all and end all. I mean think about it…

Why would you judge yourself solely on a numerical value generated by how much downwards force your body exerts?

…and why would you let that number affect how happy you are and how you feel about yourself

Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?

Especially when everything else has improved. Yet so many still people do it – they get fixated on losing “weight” then lose their head when the scale weight hasn’t budged.

But the reality is…

Weight loss is simple.

Stop eating.

Dehydrate yourself.

Go for a run in a bin bag.

Sweat loads.

Do hot yoga.

Go to the toilet a lot.

Deplete your glycogen levels.

If you do all that I guarantee you’ll weigh a lot less in a very short period of time. So you’ll weigh less (YAY!) . . . but you’ll still have the same amount of fat as you did before (Booo!)

Losing weight doesn’t equal losing body fat which is what you’re really trying to get rid of, right

It doesn’t make a difference to your beach body if you weigh less on the scales but your body fat levels are still the same.

What I’m saying is weight loss and fat loss are not the same thing.

Weight loss – a reduction in that number on the scales

…can be manipulated very quickly and can change dramatically based on a whole host of factors

How much you’ve eaten.

Hydration levels.

Time of day.

Time of the month.

Muscle gain.

Water retention etc.

Fat loss on the other hand is the process of losing actual adipose tissue whilst maintaining muscle mass so that you reveal an impressive physique and feel awesome on the beach.

Now that being said…

For the large majority of people body weight will gradually reduce over time as you lose body fat – that’s expected, but weight loss should never be the sole focus or the only marker of progress.

Focus on fat loss instead.

Do regular circumference measurements.

Record your body fat percentage.

Take photos.

All these things are going to give you better idea of how well you’re progressing when it comes to fat loss.

So don’t let yourself get wound up about not losing weight on the scales ‘cos if your waist is smaller, you look fuller in all the right places and you feel fitter, stronger and healthier then you can be 100% sure that you’re on the right track.

The only thing you need to do now is give yourself a quick pat on the back then get back to work.

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Mike Waywell