What if I told you that you would look better if you weighed more? Think about this. Muscle weighs more than fat. What if you reduced your fat and gained muscle? At some point your weight loss would plateu and you might even start to gain weight again.
The number on the scale is almost always wrong, and it truly doesn't represent you. Your physical abilities are more inportant than some arbitrary number on a scale.
Scales are the worst tools to use to measure your suceess when it comes to living healthy. Keep reading to find out why.
We are emotional...
Most of us were taught to believe that in order to be fit we had to weigh less. As you can clearly see in the example below, this is not always the case.
1. You actually lost a bit of weight, and you feel great, but at what price? What did you do to get this far? Is this your new routine and how long can you keep it up realistically?
2. It might scare the hell out of you because now you’re wondering if the weight is actually going to stay off, or if it’s going to come roaring back and get even worse once you stop what you’re doing.
3. You gain some weight, and this freaks you out, so you decide to eat less and exercise more. If things could only be this simple…
4. The number on the scale makes you quit and you go back to all your old habits that got you here in the first place.
It’s time to put a stop to this way of thinking!
1. Throw away your scale.
2. Eat much more.
3. Don’t count calories.
4. Sleep more.
5. Drink more water.
Society has led us to believe that we should be eating around 1,200 calories a day. The crazy thing is that most people don’t even get that close. Not only do you need to meet your minimum nutrient requirements, you also have to consider your calorie sources. Your body reacts differently when consuming say 1,000g of protein versus 1,000g of fat or carbs. Here is a study that you might find interesting: http://fourhourworkweek.com/2008/02/25/the-science-of-fat-loss-why-a-calorie-isnt-always-a-calorie/
Two groups of men were given roughly the same amounts of calories per day. The composition varied, and the study concluded that the group that consumed a high fat – low carb diet did well, and the low fat – high carb group literally starved. The point is that no two calories are created equal.
In fact, there are a few reasons why you might be gaining weight at the beginning of a new diet or training routine. Think about your previous state of being. You were probably eating very poorly, and your body is lacking many nutrients and micronutrients that it needs. It is literally starving itself. When your body does not have enough food or energy, it becomes catabolic. Similar to a cannibal, your body will begin to eat itself for energy. This causes weight loss. Once you begin to feed your body correctly, it will store some of that food for later use, because your body has no idea what to do with it, and it probably assumes that you’re going to starve it again soon. Once you create a healthy pattern of eating well, and drinking enough water, the body will adapt, and utilize the energy more efficiently. You will begin to gain healthy muscle weight as your body repairs itself from exercising and starvation.