Do you struggle with the scale? Are you constantly weighing yourself and getting frustrated? You are NOT alone in this battle. You need to know about fat vs. muscle!
Fat vs Muscle!
In the pic, both of these "people" are the same height and weigh the exact same. The person with more muscle and less fat is visably smaller than the other even though the number on the scale is the exact same. This is because FAT takes up more space than muscle so if you have more FAT you will look... larger. Also, fat is less dense so the more fat you have the more "loose" your body appears.
More lean muscle supports bone health, burns more calories at rest, as well as helping you look fit and toned.
Muscle does not build by itself. You will not build much muscle by running an hour everyday. Nor do you gain muscle by severly cutting your caloires. Your muscles need a certain amount of protein and carbs to grow. To help you body build lean muscle, your nutrition and your activity should support this, not hinder it.
When participating in a program, do not set yourself up for failure by using a body weight scale as the only method to track your progress.
Remember, the number on the scale may not budge, or it may go up, but the way you FEEL combined with results of other measurements can show that you are succeeding in so many ways! If the scale is not budging, especially in my program, you are most likely gaining muscle, losing fat, losing inches, and fitting into your clothes better. During my program, I encourage my cleints to NOT weigh themselves and despite this I always have a few that do. Then, they contact me frustrated that they are not losing weight. I reinforce to them the imprtance of not weighing themselves and the importance of losing the inches and not focusing on the scale. At the end of the progrram the measurements are in. They are amazed at dropping 13+ inches to up to over 20 inches and only losing less than 10 lbs!
What matters most? The scale? OR dropping sizes in your clothing, feeling more energized, sleeping better, improving your sex life, lowering your blood pressure/cholesterol, bettering your overall health, etc.? It might be difficult to break up with the scale and rely on other methods, but once you do, it is totally worth it!
Do not let the scale or unrealistic expectations rule your life and pull you away from reality! You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than a picture of somone else that you think you should look like. Your mind, body, and spirit deserves more! Once you step away from the scale and focus on what matters... the way you feel, you will gain control and a sense of satifaction. The most important transformation that takes place is the transformation that is not visual but the one that happens in your mind and spirit.
If any of this seems impossible for you to do on your own, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You are not alone in this struggle. Get your family involved or a friend. Enlist the help of a health professional, like myself, with a program for you to follow and tools to guide you to success. Having someone there for guidance and having support from others who are in this journey with you, a "tribe," is a game changer. This is the primary reason my online fat loss programs go in "rounds." Every 6-7 weeks a new program starts and everyone, even though you are all at different levels, goes through it together. We share recipes, celebrate each other's wins, and lift each other up when we are down.
With any program or change, take it all in and learn from your wins AND failures. Remember, to achieve long term results, it is important to approach a new program with a good mindset and with a positive attitude. After all, this is a lifestyle change not a quick fix.
My company, Refine YOU's FAT Loss Program, The Fast Attainable Transformation, is a jump start to a lifestyle change. It is a 7 week online program that is customized to your level. We incorporate cutting edge nutritional strategies along with effective workouts to lose fat, gain muscle, regulate hormones, and improve your hunger and energy levels. To learn more about the program, hear from some of my clients, or to contact me click here. I would love to help you on your journey gain control and live a healthy lifestyle.