Today we’re talking about the DREADED scale. It can really hurt your confidence and motivation if the scale doesn’t budge. What if I told you there were other ways to judge your progress, even when the scale isn’t moving?
Would you believe that her weight on the left is the exact same as her weight on the right? It’s true. I want to talk to you about why the number on the scale doesn’t matter as much as we think it does.
This is IdealShaper Angela, and here’s what she had to say about her transformation:
“I did the 12 week challenge as a present to myself for my 44th birthday. It turned out to be the best thing I could have done for myself! I stuck to the 12 week challenge program pretty close. Cut back on sugar and bumped up my protein. Drank the protein shakes, which were great. I really wanted to stay the same weight as when I started but change fat to muscle. Mission accomplished. I started at 120 and ended at 119. ” -Angela
I am seriously so proud of Angela and all the hard work she put into this transformation. Did you see what she said about changing fat to muscle? That’s a really important thing that I want to focus on for a minute.
As a personal trainer my clients come to me all the time really frustrated with the scale. I want to help! Any advice I can give you is going to come from education. Are you ready to learn?
The first thing we need to help you understand is that muscle is different than fat. I know, it sounds so silly but it’s super important. People like to say, “muscle weighs more than fat!” But is that really true?
Nope. Muscle does not weigh more than fat. Muscle is more dense than fat, but it does not weigh more. Because muscle is more dense, it takes up less space than fat. One pound is still one pound, regardless of whether it’s muscle or fat.
If you’ve been working out and eating right but not seeing your scale budge, it could be because you are building muscle. The scale won’t notice if it’s weighing muscle or fat, it just spits out numbers without much more information!
That’s why measurements, progress photos, and paying attention to how your clothes are fitting are so much more important than that pesky number on the scale. Take regular measurements and test out that pair of skinny jeans every once in a while to see how far you’ve come.
It’s still nice to see the scale go down–we aren’t crazy! Instead of weighing yourself every day, try weighing yourself once a week at most. I like to take progress pictures instead of weighing myself often, because what you can’t see on a scale you can usually see in a picture!
Everyone goes through a time where the scale won’t budge–and that’s okay! Our bodies are complex and it can take time to see results. If you keep up your nutrition and exercise goals, you will eventually start seeing the numbers on the scale go down.
Don’t give that scale too much power over you and your goals. Make sure you’re feeling good and trying your hardest to stick to your goals. If you need any help starting up your weight loss journey, check out my 15 Day IdealShape for Life Challenge!
In the IdealShape for Life Challenge, you’ll get meal plans and workouts specific for losing weight, as well as exclusive access to an online support community with people just like you! I can’t wait to see you in there.