Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Is your scale stuck?

I'm just reminding myself of all the truths of working on weight loss. :-) Last week at a business women's luncheon, I bid on the MK Satin hands set and it included a weight loss book and journal. I would rather stick with my flat belly diet but am excited to have a bona fide journal to use. :-)

Great encouragement from Denise Austin:
Fitness Flash
Is Your Scale Stuck?

Many times, people who start my plan become worried when they notice a weight gain instead of a loss after their first few weeks of exercising. Or they're concerned because they've added plenty of movement to their day, but the pounds just aren't dropping off.

If you're exercising and eating right, the most likely explanation for why you don't weigh less is actually good news: your increased activity is building muscle! Don't panic: Additional muscle mass can cause you to weigh more, but it looks much more trim and fit! Muscle tissue also uses more energy than fat, meaning you'll be burning more calories even when you're not exercising.

So try to focus on more than just the scale! Don't forget to measure lost inches with a tape measure and the Inch Tracker, and remember that even if you're gaining muscle weight, you're increasing your fat-burning potential and reshaping your figure at the same time. Be proud — you're working hard and your body is changing for the better. Keep it up!

5 comments:

Staci Dombroski said...

That is such a good reminder!! I have to remember that sometimes when I have increased my workout that I really need to look at the inches.

karen@fitnessjourney said...

An excellent point. Too often we are so worried about the quantitative changes on the scale that we don't see the big picture. I've been working with my trainer for just six weeks. I've only dropped 2.5 pounds, but I now can see definition in my shoulders and have lost inches in my waist and on my thighs. I'll take that over a change in the number on the scale any day!

Diana said...

Great about the journal. What kinds of stuff is it asking...just calories and fat or other things?

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