Fit & Happy: Does Weight Matter?
By: MEREDITH NIXON, June 17, 2014
If you have ever stepped on a scale after a week of dieting and exercise, only to be disappointed that the scale has not budged — or worse, you’ve gained weight; no need to worry, you’re not alone. Many dieters share the same frustrations feeling that their best efforts go unrewarded. This is why it’s more important to focus on more than the number on the scale. A single number is not an accurate reflection of the changes your body experiences and the overall health improvements you’re making with proper diet and exercise. Next time you get discouraged by that number staring back at you, try taking these 5 things into consideration.
No matter what you do, your weight is going to fluctuate. If you are a woman, you might see fluctuations of several pounds throughout a single month, even if you’re eating and fitness remains the same. The number on the scale even fluctuates throughout the day. If you want to use a scale to track weight loss, record the dates and times of your weigh-ins and track patterns. Try to weigh yourself on the same scale at the same time and don’t obsess over daily weigh-ins. Once a week is enough to give you accountability and a gauge of where your body is.
Muscle Weighs More Than Fat
We have all heard this before and it is very true! Yes, a pound of muscle and a pound of fat both weigh a pound. However, the size of that pound is dramatically different. As you get in better shape and increase your lean muscle mass you will lose inches and reduce your size, even if the scale doesn’t change much if at all. In some instances, we can even gain weight (lean muscle) and still see our waistline shrink!
The Scale Weighs Everything
When looking at the number, not only must you think about muscle vs. fat, you need to remember that the scale is weighing more than your body’s fat content. You’re weighing muscle, fat, organs, bones, clothing and anything you have put into your body. If you weigh yourself at the end of a day of eating, your weight reflects a portion of what you took in during that day. However, this does not mean it will be converted to fat. It takes 3,500 calories to actually gain 1 pound of fat, so unless you’ve been way off track with your diet, don’t panic!
Weight Is Not Always An Indication Of Health
An ideal number on the scale is not always an accurate indication of someone’s health. A person 10 or 20 pounds overweight might actually be healthier than someone at their ideal weight. Other factors, such as cardiovascular health, genetics, and lifestyle factors all play a role in a person’s health. A more accurate indication of your health is your BMI (body mass index). This tells you what % of your weight is fat vs. muscle.
Your Body Knows What It Is Doing
Your body has its ideal weight and often, this is different than the number we have in our minds. However, we must trust our body’s natural instinct. It might not seem like it when you step on the scale and see the number climbing, but your body is a well-engineered machine. If you give it nutrition and challenge it with exercise, it will respond appropriately and eventually trigger the results you want.
Keep striving to make proper diet and exercise a lifestyle and you’ll be “Fit & Happy “at any number!
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Meredith Nixon is a fitness enthusiast with a passion for motivating and inspiring others.
She uses her personal experiences from achieving her own weight loss goals to understand her clients and motivate them to love themselves and to be happy, healthy and fit. She teaches people how to live a healthy lifestyle and keep weight off forever with life changing results both inside and out.
Since 2007 Meredith has been the sole proprietor of her own health clubs. The Fitness Company for Women in Mashpee, The Fitness Company (coed) in East Falmouth , and most recently, FitCo Weight loss & Wellness Center of Cape Cod.