3 REASONS YOUR WEIGHT DOESN’T MATTER
While it is very important to maintain a healthy weight for many medical reasons, it’s also important to note that your weight is not the only answer to a healthy, fit lifestyle.
All medical reasons aside, let’s explore three reasons why your weight doesn’t matter when your ultimate goal is to be healthy and strong.
- MUSCLE WEIGHS MORE THAN FAT: The number on the scale may be higher than expected because muscle weighs more than fat. Ok technically a pound is a pound. But fat is fluffy and muscle is lean and tight.
How do your clothes fit? If you’ve been trying to lose weight and haven’t seen your weight budge, check your clothes. Are they looser around the waist? You may not see weight loss after starting an exercise routine. What you should see is a change in your body composition. You’re changing fat into muscle and muscle is dense and compact.
You can have two people with same weights and heights but look completely different. The person with more muscle mass will look trimmer and tighter compared to the person made up of mostly fat tissue. Fat takes up more space.
Don’t be discouraged if you weight is not the number you want it to be. The way your clothes fit is a better indication of weight loss. Building muscle will help you burn fat and keep you burning fat. Which leads to a drop on the scale and a tighter, leaner body composition.
- SKINNY FAT: Are you familiar with this term? Skinny fat refers to those that fall into normal or healthy weight guidelines. However, they carry extra fat around their belly and internal organs. Having a waist circumference higher than 35 inches can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease.
Seeing a low number on the scale does not necessarily make you healthy. It’s important to know how your weight is distributed throughout your body and what it consists of.
Fueling your body with healthy foods and strengthening your muscles through weight bearing exercises are important for an overall healthy, fit body. You will feel better, perform better and lower your risk of disease.
Unfortunately, simply having a healthy weight does not give you reason to eat junk food and forgo exercise. Even if you look healthy or even skinny but don’t ever exercise, have very little muscle mass and have a poor diet, you may be inviting a slew of health problems.
- WEIGHT FLUCTUATES: You weight naturally fluctuates throughout the day. You can weigh more at night than in the morning. If you are tracking weight use the same scale under the same conditions. Meaning, weigh yourself naked first thing in the morning. Don’t eat or drink anything. You should be coming off a twelve hour fast and won’t have anything else contributing to your weight. Also, different scales can give you different results.
That number on the scale can be deceiving, frustrating, unmotivating, and debilitating. Don’t let it. When you look at the big picture, on it’s own your weight doesn’t matter.
In your quest to live a healthy, strong life, step back and look at how you are measuring that goal. You may need to adjust how you measure and define a healthy life.
Keep track of other measurements in addition to the number on the scale. Take body measurements. Know your body fat percentage. Take not of how you feel. Are you more alert, focused, energized? Are you sleeping better? Concentrating better?
Don’t be afraid of muscle. Adding muscle mass is good. Consider this awesome tip if you’re dieting – muscles actually need more calories. The more muscles you have the more calories you burn and the more weight you lose. Pretty cool!
Be consistent! Don’t lose motivation if you haven’t lost weight yet. You will. Being consistent with healthy eating choices and regular exercise will bring other benefits like I mentioned. Celebrate all the successes and the weight will come off.
TRACK YOUR HEALTH & FITNESS GOALS!
Are you keeping a nutrition and fitness journal? Research shows that by keeping a food and fitness journal, writing down your workouts and what you eat, you lose more weight and reach your goals quicker. Fitbook is an awesome journal that provides tips, motivation and plenty of space to reflect and document things that inspire you. I use this to help plan my workouts and my meals. I love the extra tips it offers regarding healthier food and fitness options.
As always, please remember that I am not a medical professional, personal trainer or nutritionist… I’m just a hard hitting girl who wants to be healthy and strong! Before you begin any fitness or nutrition program, please consult your physician!
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