Focus Less on the Scales

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One of the first things you learn about goal setting is that goals have to be:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

Weighing yourself is one of the easiest ways to measure a change. Psychologically weight is so significant we have a date of birth and a ‘weight of birth’ which is why it is so easy to get obsessed by the pounds/kilograms on the scales.

The Biggest Myth “Muscle Weighs More than Fat”!

In fact, muscle and fat are exactly the same weight pound for pound. Fat gives the impression of weighing more because it is 18% less dense than muscle, so takes up more space. If you don’t believe me here’s proof that someone of the exact same weight can have a completely different body composition:

Fluid Fluctuates Weight

Approximately 60% of the body is water.

You will automatically be heavier straight after drinking water. For this reason, when doing a weigh in it is important to do it at a similar time of day, otherwise results are too variable. Eg. always in the morning before any cups of tea/coffee.

Diet and body composition can also affect how much water is stored (water retention). Eating more salt, the menstrual cycle, stress and starvation are all factors in water retention.

A Healthier Obsession

Instead of worrying about how heavy you are, try to focus your attention on:

  • How your clothes fit
  • How a workout you used to find difficult feels easier
  • Hitting the next PB
  • Your smartwatch/tracker VO2 max
  • Less breathlessness up a flight of stairs
  • Being able to keep up with the kids/dog on walks a lot better
  • Daily tasks feeling less of a chore

Workouts are overlooked in improving your daily life. There’s more to life than looking good, you need to feel good from the inside – out! Living longer is just a bonus. REPEAT FOCUS LESS ON THE SCALES

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