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Part 3 – Why The Scales Are LYING To You (And How to Track Your Progress Instead)
[/fusion_text][fusion_text][/fusion_text][fusion_text]Let’s cut to the chase. Body weight is a TERRIBLE measure of progress.
Well, many things affect your body weight:
Losing fat, building muscle, hydration, salt intake, how much sugar you’ve eaten, carb intake, “that time of the month”.
These can ALL change your weight (up or down), and with so much going on it’s hard to work out what’s actually going on by looking at your body weight.
Take this situation for example:
If you’ve just started weight training, you’re going to build muscle (which tones you up remember). So, you might build 1 pound of muscle in the first week.
However, since we’ve given you fat-burning weights workouts and a fat loss diet plan, you’ll also end up burning fat. So, you might also lose 1 pound of body fat.
^^ And what’s the combination of that?
Your weight will stay exactly the same, BUT you’ll have less wobbly fat and more firm muscle! So you look better and feel better but the scales say otherwise (some even go as far as calling them the “sad step”).
So when you say you want to “lose weight”, what you probably mean is you want to LOSE FAT. Fat is what feels squidgy and wobbles. But if you want to “tone up”, that also means you’ll need to gain muscle… and the combination of LOSING fat and BUILDING muscle might not end up looking like the weight loss you were expecting to see on the scales!
In fact, check out the “transformation” below from client of ours Charlie. She only lost 1.5lbs in 24 weeks, but check out the difference (she lost over 10 inches all over her body):
So what’s a better way to measure progress than body weight?
That’s pretty easy actually (there’s a hint in that picture above!)…
Before and after pictures!
We’ve already discussed this (and you’ve probably been uploading them for your weekly check-ins) so we won’t dwell on them. Just make sure you keep taking them as they’ll truly show how far you’ve come.[/fusion_text][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”20″ bottom_margin=”40″ sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]So hopefully you’ll no longer be ruled by that number on the scales! If you want to keep learning, click below to learn about Contrast Week:[/fusion_text]