22Feb, 2011

To Weigh, or Not to Weigh:

As a fitness instructor and personal trainer working through out the GTA, I get asked questions about weight and scales almost every day. One of the first questions I ask new clients is, “What are your goals?” I can tell you, that the answer, almost 100% of the time is this, “to lose weight and tone up.”

But somewhere along the line, I find people lost sight of the “tone up”, and obsess over the “lose weight.” Here’s a little newsflash folks! When you start to tone up, that muscle will, in fact, weigh more than the fat you were carrying before, hence, the number on the scale may actually increase! So let’s step away from the “lose” for a minute, and think about what we have to gain! I am talking about gaining confidence, self-esteemm, self-respect, muscle definition, increased energy, and better health!

I don’t actually own a scale. I just heard some of you gasp!!! In my humble opinion, scales are one of our worst enemies. An ordinary weight scale can only determine your body mass as a whole, not your fat weight, muscle weight, bone density or even the amount of water you’re carrying. I mean, think about it; you’ve been working out like crazy, eating really really well, and then you step on the scale and the number has gone up by 2 or 3 pounds. Generally speaking this will really discourage people, and undermine your belief that you are ever going to see the result you want.

What tends to happen then is even scarier. The daily weigh in…now you’re so sure that you’re not making progress, that you start to weigh yourself every single day. I actually had a client who did this, and she was always so down on herself, so hard on herself every time the number on that little machine would change (and it fluctuated almost every day!)

My advice to you is this; THROW AWAY THE SCALE. Instead, get out that measuring tape every three or four weeks, and TRUST ME when I tell you, you will be so happy with the results. When you start to see that the inches are melting, and you FEEL the difference in the way your clothes fit, that will keep you focused and POSITIVE!

Posted by Dan Go | in Markham Boot Camp | 1 Comment

Comments on “To Weigh, or Not to Weigh:” (1)

  1. Mel

    Hey Dan,

    I agree with this 100%! Let your clothes be your guide. Don’t obsess over the metal monster it can ruin your efforts.



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