Summer’s just around the corner and this is a great time of year to bump up your fitness routine and start eating healthier. The sun starts to shine, and after a few months of working out you’re feeling full of energy, you’ve lost 5-10 lbs, your clothes are fitting better and you’re feeling amazing. But then you step on the scale… and you’ve gained weight?!
Most of us out there have heard that muscle weighs more than fat. But if this is common knowledge, why do we still let the numbers on the scale fuck with our heads?
Lean muscle takes up less space on your body than the same amount of fat. That’s why when you go through periods of time where you’re killing it with your workouts, it’s easy to feel frustrated by your lack of weight loss. When we’re so focused on trimming down, it can feel like a lack of progress. But to be honest, unless you are training for an olympic weightlifting competition why does your weight matter? It’s all about how you feel.
It took me years to get over this personally, and accept that I am between 135 lbs on a super lean day, and 140 lbs the rest of the time. When I didn’t workout as much I weighed a very similar amount but was 3-4 pant sizes bigger. It’s crazy to think about that now. At the time I was super obsessed with the number on the scale. If the scale didn’t tell me what I wanted it to, my whole day (or week!) would be ruined. I definitely was taking my weight way too seriously at that time. I’m not saying that every person who steps on a scale is obsessed with their weight. But I wanted to share the emotional rollercoaster ride I personally had with the scale over the years, until I decided I was sick of it and decided to get off it completely.
You may be thinking “Well that’s all great Jenna, thanks for sharing, but if I can’t go by the number on the scale how am I going to keep track of my progress?”
I’m not saying that you should never weigh yourself ever again, but I would strongly suggest weighing yourself less. Your weight fluctuates way too much to weigh yourself every day or even every week. Your weight can fluctuate due to many things such as water retention, hormone fluctuations and other things like dehydration. Sooooo, as much as you’re tempted to weigh yourself after a bad weekend… don’t. Your body is likely retaining fluid because of added salt you consumed, and it could take a few days to get your body back on track. If you must weigh yourself I strongly suggest doing it only bi-weekly. Instead, go by how you feel in your clothes and how your body looks. If you have been getting your workouts in consistently and eating healthy 80% of the time or more you are likely on the right track. Stepping on the scale everyday creates a negative energy that you don’t need in your fitness journey. Your weightloss journey will be different then others because we all have different habits and challenges to overcome along the way. Some people lose tones of weight right away but then gain it back within a month. What you are looking for in terms of weightloss is small but steady drops so that it is healhty and sustainable to maintain with your lifestyle.
Moral of the story? Do yourself a favour and give yourself an emotional break from the scale and just trust that you are on the right track. Your body takes time to change! Continue treating it right, and focus on how you feel instead of that stupid number.