2012年9月18日星期二

Why You Should Throw The Scale Out The Front Door When You're Trying To Lose Weight


I feel as a society, we live and die by the numbers game. How much money we make, how old someone is, how much we can bench press, etc, it is all a game of numbers. Now I am all for competition and especially competing against yourself can be very rewarding and motivating.

For example, when I stopped playing baseball, I became addicted to working out and bettering myself in each and every workout. I recorded everything, but I also drove myself crazy. When I had a bad day, I would get ticked off at myself for no reason.

Now, success has a lot of variables in whatever you do and this includes the weight loss game. Some weeks you are going to absolutely kill it, while during other weeks, your results will be painfully slow.

But guess what? All of this is normal!

You are going to have ups and downs. You are going to fall off of the bandwagon, but as long as you get back on that high horse, you are still moving forward towards your ultimate goal.

Now when it comes to the scale and weight loss, I only use it as a guide in the beginning.

Why? You may ask...

Because of many factors.

The scale obviously just measures weight, but weight can fluctuate. In the beginning when you are trying to drop some fat, results will be quick. The scale will be heading south at break neck speeds. But as time goes on, the numbers will start plateauing. This is totally natural. But I feel many people become really frustrated. They then diet harder, workout longer, and weigh themselves even more!

You're only hurting your mental psyche and screwing up your results.

For example, I have an awesome client who has been with me for a long time. She has dropped about 26 pounds of pure body fat while simultaneously adding lean body mass. She is obsessed with the scale. In actuality, the scale has gone up about 2 pounds the past few weeks and it's driving her crazy.

So I asked her how her clothes are fitting. She told me the past 3 weeks she has been able to fit in her size 4 Ralph Lauren jeans,

FINALLY!

So that right there shows what I already knew. Which is her body composition is re shaping. And the scale WILL NOT SHOW THIS.

The only way you can see this is through hydrostatic weighing, which the majority of the population does not have access too or a DEXA scan, which again the majority of the population does not have access to.

You can also use body fat calipers, but this take skill and you need extremely accurate and calibrated calipers.

So what can you do to keep track of your results without having to rely on the scale?

Simple...

Take measurements and take photos each week.

Each Monday, or whatever day is easier for you, take measurements of your neck, shoulders, chest, waist, thigh and calf. And perform these same measurements seven days later at the same time so ensure your results are accurate.

And you could do the same with pictures. Take a digital camera and snap pics of yourself 7 days apart at the same time in the same outfit. These 2 ways I have found to be very accurate when it comes to telling and showing you the truth about your transformation.

Start using them and good luck!

And remember, the scale is just a tool. Don't consume yourself with it.




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