I have recently heard many of you mention how you may have gained a little bit of weight since we started quarantine. Often the scale is used as confirmation about how we are feeling in terms of our weight or body composition or as a goal when we are trying to make changes to our health.
There are many downsides of using the scale:
- Weight doesn’t tell the whole story
- Most people don’t know what weight they really should be
- Losing weight does NOT mean you are losing fat or necessarily improving health
- Muscle gain can disguise progress, which will lead to frustration and possibly giving up.
- You have NO CONTROL over what the scale will read!
Instead of focusing on something that you can’t control, I want you to focus on the things you CAN control. You can’t magically wave a wand and lose 5lbs of fat, but you can control how many days a week you workout. You can also control things like the amount of water you are consuming, how hard you are working out, the quality of foods you are putting in your body, and so much more!
There are lots of other ways to gauge progress you have made without the use of a scale. Asking yourself how you feel, how much energy you have, how your workouts are progressing, how your clothes are fitting and what awesome habits have you formed?
The inconsistencies in the scale are also a reason why at CrossFit LifeTree we have decided to have a more accurate method of seeing what you are really made of. We love being able to show you that there is more to it than just a simple number on a scale. Seeing the amount of fat gained or lost as well as closely monitoring your muscle mass will provide a ton of insight into what is actually happening as a result of your hard work.
Having a more in-depth tracking method, such as the InBody machine while also taking photos and measurements, allows you to reflect on your actions and whether or not they have contributed to the progress you are looking to attain. You can actually feel a sense of pride for gaining (2 lbs of muscle) weight instead of beating yourself up because the scale went the opposite direction!
You can book your Inbody scan here if you want to see what is really going on inside your body.
See you soon,