Losing inches instead of losing pounds? This could be a sign that things are moving in the right direction.
For so many of us, weight isn’t just a number but something that we track to measure how successful we have been at becoming healthy. But, what does your weight really mean and how useful is it when it comes to tracking weight loss progress? Learning the answers to those questions may just have you tossing out your scale forever.
This is the situation for many people right now, we are more concerned about our weight, and most don’t even think about the inches. Right now I happen to be going through this very same problem/situation myself. I am not losing much on the scale but I am definitely losing inches in certain places. I have gone from a size 44 pant in March of 2011 down to a size 32 pant as of today. I am still wearing a size 34 pant only because I haven’t bought the smaller size yet, lol. But I can really tell I’ve lost inches around my waist and around my chest as well. Although the inches are coming off I have not been dropping much in weight as of late.
Concentrate on burning FAT, not just losing weight!
When you talk about losing weight, what you usually mean is slimming down. But slimming down doesn’t always mean losing weight. It may sound odd, but it’s possible to get thinner without actually seeing a change in your weight. This happens when you lose body fat while gaining muscle. Your weight may stay the same, even as you lose inches. This is a sign that you’re moving in the right direction. But, if the scale doesn’t change, you may not even be aware that you’re getting real results. Knowing the difference between losing weight and losing body fat can change how you get results and may even change how you look at your own body.
What does your weight say about you? If you think about it, that number doesn’t tell you a whole lot. The scale shows your weight, but does it tell you how much of that weight is muscle, water and how much is fat. Most of us would say no because we know that weight doesn’t tell the whole story. Knowing your BMI (Body Mass Index) is crucial information if you really want to get results and, unfortunately, the scale doesn’t tell you that. Another reason scale weight isn’t so reliable is that it changes all the time. All of us experience weight changes throughout the day, sometimes by as much as 10 pounds depending on what and how often we eat and drink. That’s why most trainers will tell you to be consistent on what time of day you are weighing yourself. But once again the scale really isn’t telling you just how much fat you are losing.
You need to make sure you are feeding your body properly, giving it all the right nutrients it needs in order to build muscle and lose the fat. What you don’t want to do is starve yourself to try and lose weight and end up burning muscle instead of fat.
When you lose body fat, you’re making permanent changes in your body, shifting your body composition so that you have less fat and more muscle. One thing I hear quite often is when people are trying a certain kind of diet and the scale is not moving very much, it can prove to be very frustrating for them, often they just give up without realizing they actually were being successful. When you first start a program, you may need extra encouragement to keep going, proof that what you’re doing is working and the scale may not always give you that.
There are some interesting calculators on the Internet that can give you an idea about where you are as far as your BMI, Body Fat Index and Body Composition. But the best places to go to find out just how much fat is on your body would be either your doctor or go to a personal trainer that knows how to calculate a BMI or your Body Fat Composition.
To sum up today’s post, DON’T FREAK OUT if you aren’t losing a bunch of weight, you may be losing inches. You also may be losing fat and gaining muscle which means the scale may not go down as well, in fact it may even go up. So, don’t “live” or “die” by what the scale is telling you, you need to look at the overall picture and if you are living a healthier lifestyle. If you have worked hard at eating right, exercising and generally really taking care of yourself your body will eventually start reflecting these changes.
I hope you all have a wonderful day and I will see you all at the gym!