So there are two things that I come across on a daily basis with my clients that are trying to lose weight.
Number one – Feeling bad because the scales went up/stayed the same.
Number two – Starving themselves to get results fast.
Well here are some facts about those two points.
Scales are not a measure of fat loss, sure they can tell you if you weight less or more, this is true. However weighing less does not mean that you are getting closer to fitting back into those favourite pair of jeans.
What if I told you weighing less could actually mean you are further away from fitting in those jeans than ever?
Scales tell you how much you weigh collectively, including how much your bone weighs, your muscle weighs, how much liquid weighs and your organs and lastly your fat.
In an ideal fat loss journey, muscle will get heavier and fat will get lighter and that scales you are stood on wont tell you anything other than a number.
It wont tell you that the fat is reducing and that muscle is increasing therefor your will burn more calories, just as it wont tell you that you are carrying excess water this week due to hormonal changes.
The scales is a number not a result.
If you clothes are getting loser and your scale is going up or staying the same, you are losing fat.
OK point two, so you want to lose the weight and you want to lose it right now or before that holiday/wedding/night out…..insert as you like.
Well in 21 years of delivering nutritional support and advice I can honestly say there is no quick fix to losing weight.
Not even by starving yourself.
Believe me as a ex sufferer of eating disorders I have walked that path.
If you got trapped on a dessert island and your food intake was reduced you would shed the pounds incredibly fast.
That scale would show you a reduction for sure.
But if you ask anyone who has ever had extreme weight loss happen, they will tell you that they also lost muscle mass quickly too.
The scales showed great results but the body showed the true picture, scrawny appearance and sunken eye.
They will also have noticed that when they eat again normally, they will have put weight on fast.
This is because the reduction in muscle means they need less calories to fuel there new body.
you can not cheat the process but you can get there.
Do not measure success by a number and remember that slow and steady progress is a journey to a fitter, toned and slimmer body.
If you have any questions please hit CONTACT and I shall do my best to answer them.
Marita ‘do not cheat the process’ Moore