IFLM: What Do You Weigh?
What do you weigh? It’s a simple question. If you asked me that question last week the answer would have been 184 lbs. Or 176 lbs. Or 178 lbs. Yes, I was every one of those weights last week. And not during the same day either. Those were three separate but consecutive days, all taken first thing in the morning.
What am I getting at? Well, seeing as how this is International Fat Loss Month (my invention) and most of the people I talk to are interested in losing fat, it’s natural that they’re going to look at the scale to measure their progress.
Here’s where things get interesting, though. I hear some version of this all the time. “I feel better, everyone tells me I look better, my clothes fit better but the scale isn’t moving!”
To them I ask this: Why do you want to lose weight? Is it because you’re doing a wresting meet and need to get one weight class down? Probably not. Is it because you’d like to look better, feel better and have your clothes fit better? Probably. So if those things are happening who cares what the scale says?
Still don’t trust me? OK, do this. Weigh yourself right now. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Great. Now drink two tall glasses of water. Fantastic. Now go weigh yourself again. Did you put on a pound or two? Probably. You know that water has zero calories, right? Are you getting the picture?
The bottom line is that the scale can be an indicator of your progress but many, if not most times there are much more accurate ones.
Let me know what you think.
Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Lean Eating Coach, FMS
2861 Grove Way in Castro Valley
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