There are so many reasons to exercise, and get healthy, BUT if one of yours is to "lose weight" or "look fit" or for other aesthetic reasons, then save yourself some frustration.
Get off the scale and get in front of the camera. You'll experience a great sense of freedom and gain a healthier perspective on improving your fitness!
After all, the scale provides a number ---AND that's ALL!! A number that really doesn't mean a whole lot. It's not what defines YOU, defines what a "healthy, fit, lean, strong or athletic" person looks like, or determines whether you are progressing with your fitness goals.
Don't be a slave to the scale!! I encourage you to take measurements and "before & after" pictures instead!
AND HERE'S WHY:
Reasons to get off the scale:
1.Beginning a new fitness routine causes inflammation & fluid retention around our muscles. When your muscles are sore, they attract fluid to protect themselves and your body from injury. So the scale may actually go up in the beginning weeks of a new exercise regimen, especially if you are super sore.
2.Muscle weighs much more than fat, so while the scale may not moving, you may be building fat-burning muscle, thus reshaping your body, rather than "dropping pounds." Ideally you would want to build muscle and lose fat, so in that case, if you are improving your fitness & changing your body composition, the scale may not change at all.
3.Getting on the scale can become an obsessive behavior & ruin your day. "Rome wasn't built in a day, Change doesn't happen overnight, & Slow & Steady wins the race." Changes may be subtle, and if weighing yourself ruins your entire day, it's time to throw it away!
4.When you begin to consistently eat healthy & exercise regularly, the changes that take place may be too subtle to notice by our own eyes on a daily basis, especially if we ONLY look at the scale to determine progress. It's not until we compare pictures after 30, 45, 60 days, etc. that we notice the "subtle changes" are actually more dramatic than we thought.
5.Fitness capacity cannot be measured by a number. Goals based on weight are too vague. We need more specific goals....do you want more lean muscle, do you want to be stronger, more power, run faster, have less injury, less cellulite, firmer legs/tummy/butt?? Or do you want muscle mass in your chest, shoulders, arms? Do you want a strong, tight core? It is unreasonable to think that any ONE measurement on the scale would be the optimal weight for everyone of the same height. Basing your goals and happiness on the scale will produce an unhappy result and drive you insane. Insanity is probably not your goal!!!
6.Shooting for a low number on the scale does not mean you're healthy & fit. Not only is the "wafe-ish" figure NOT healthy, but it's NOT "in" these days anyway!
7.The scale can also fluctuate depending on water retension/sodium intake (i.e. 1 cup of water weighs 1/2 lb.), undigested meal, bowel movements, etc.
8. We are visual creatures! So take measurements & pictures. I will help you do this before and after starting one of my fitness classes, or training routines. If your clothes size decreases, your clothes fit better, you can see muscle definition, or your speed and power and agility has improved, what difference does the scale make?? Ask yourself: Is a change in body composition or a change in the scale REALLY my goal???
FOR EXAMPLE: Now that I exercise more intensely, incorporate more strength & plyometric moves, the number I used to envision as my "goal weight" for my 5'2'' frame is no longer reasonable or realistic. I like the extra muscle I have. I know it weighs more than fat, but my body is tighter, stronger, and more efficient. So even though I can see very noticeable changes in my body, fitness abilities, & strength, the scale moved ONLY about 5 lbs! Not a huge or super significant loss in weight, but I LOST INCHES, my clothes fit different, & my tummy and booty tightened! The skirt I am wearing in this picture is to show that although I weighed within 5 lbs of when it actually fit around my waist, my body changed and and tightened. I didn't lose much weight, but I was shaped differently. That's what the noticeable difference was, not the scale.