How many times have you stood on the scales and been disappointed, upset or ANGRY?
Whether you’re male or female I’m pretty sure everyone’s done this at some point.
So should we use the scales and our weight to determine our PROGRESS and HAPPINESS?
Absolutely NOT!! – See picture.
Scales are one of the LEAST accurate ways of assessing your progress and MOST common ways to kill motivation.
In a nutshell…
(bone density, water retention and that fact women’s weight in particular fluctuates monthly aside)
To lose bodyfat, you want to INCREASE your lean muscle tissue.
More Muscle = Higher Metabolism.
Higher Metabolism = More Calories Burned = Better Fatloss Results.
But here’s the thing.
Muscle weighs MORE than fat.
So you DROP bodyfat and GAIN muscle.
Will you weight more? – Quite Possibly.
Will you look more toned? – Yes
Will your body change shape? – Yes
Will you be fitter and stronger? – Yes
Will you feel sexier and more confident? – Hells Yeah
So would you trade feeling sexier, fitter, stronger, more confident and HAPPIER just be ‘lighter’ on the scales?
If your answer wasn’t ‘NO WAY!’ then sadly I’m not the person to help you.
If you’re doing your workouts, eating healthy, drinking 2 litres of water a day and making small positive changes on a daily basis.
You KNOW you’re going to get results.
What are the BEST and most ACCURATE ways to assess your awesomeness?
Here’s my TOP 3:
Simple, quick and a picture never lies.
Pictures can be scary but I can’t stress how VALUABLE these are.
Wear the SAME thing in each picture (underwear / swimwear).
Take a picture from the front, side and back (if possible) and make sure you take them at the SAME time on the SAME day of each week / month.
You don’t have to show them to anyone but when you start seeing POSITIVE changes happening to your body,you may not be so shy.
Another QUICK and EASY way to record your progress.
Waist, hips, thigh & upper arm (biggest part) are a good start.
As per your pictures, make sure you take your measurements at the SAME time on the SAME day of each week / month.
Take care to make sure you place the tape around the SAME area each time and write your measurements down.
3. CLOTHES TEST
We ALL know when our clothes get a little TIGHTER.
– usually around Christmas time, lol.
Just as we all know when they feel a little LOOSER.
– usually around Summer time.
So this is something you probably do regularly anyway.
If you get to the point you need NEW size clothes.
That’s GREAT indicator.
Either give yourself a big pat on the back or get back ON track!
Moral of The Story?
Unless you’re a fitness model going on stage, boxer, MMA fighter or professional athlete of any kind who NEEDS to be a specific weight for their sport.
Bust out your camera / tape measure and DITCH those scales!!
If you know anyone who’s been sucked into crazy diets who tend to weigh themselves obsessively.
Anyone who goes to Weight Watchers having weekly weigh-ins.
Please share this blog and let’s STOP scales stealing people’s happiness.
Scales should NOT have the power to make you miserable or determine whether you have a ‘good’ day or a ‘bad’ day!
It’s time to take that power BACK : )
Lee ‘couldnt tell you the last time I weighed myself’ Donald x
4 Weeks Till Launch!!
SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS
Facebook – Lee Donald Personal Training
Twitter @ LeeDonaldElite
Instagram – LeeDonald
Pinterest – LeeDonald LDPT
Youtube – Lee Donald Personal Training