What Your Scales Don’t Tell You – Four Reasons To Avoid Your Bathroom Scale
Four Reasons To Avoid Your Bathroom Scale
Most people who diet mistakenly track their weight loss by stepping on their bathroom scale. While the numbers on your scale may show your total weight loss, they do not reflect FAT loss, and fat loss should be your goal.
Your body weight fluctuates daily, even more so during dieting as your gain or lose stored fat, gain or lose muscle or simply shift fluid and water weight. Scales measure only your total body weight – fat, muscles, and bone. Here are four specific limitations of using only your bathroom scale to track your weight loss progress:
1. Water Weight – Your body is 60% water, this percentage fluctuates with your level of hydration and affects your numbers on the scale. Eating excess salt will cause your body to retains water in your tissues and blood and your scale will show a number that is higher than your actual weight. This same fluid retention can occur to women during their menstrual cycles. If you sweat without replacing fluids, you will become dehydrated and can lose as much as 2-3 pounds in water weight. If you weigh yourself today while dehydrated, and tomorrow while bloated, you may see a five pound gain – not a true weight gain, simply a normal body fluid fluctuation. Unfortunately, when you see number changes like this on your scale, you will quickly become discouraged.
2. Muscle Gain – If you are following a healthy and effective exercise and diet program, you will gain lean muscle as you lose fat. The increased muscle mass will erase any weight loss you would expect to see on the scale. This can be very discouraging if you do not understand that your hard work is replacing your body’s fat stores with new lean muscle.
3. Muscle Loss – Unfortunately, if your diet involves starvation, extreme deprivation of calories or proteins, your body may enter a state of catabolism. In order to survive, your body will breakdown and burn muscle as fuel. Sadly, your body will also release hormones that encourage your body to store fat to “survive” and avoid starvation.
4. Body Fat Ratio – Your scale measures total body weight, the sum total of fat, muscle, bone, water, even the meal you had 15 minutes prior to stepping on the scale. Your scale doesn’t measure your body’s composition, the ratio (percentage) of your body fat to lean mass (muscle and bone). Healthy (lean) body-fat range is approximately 25-31% for women and 18-25% for men. Knowing your body fat percentage will help you understand how much FAT you need to lose, and if you are making progress in your fitness program – two things your bathroom scale can’t tell you.
Weight loss is only a state of being lighter on your scale, it is not the best indicator of healthy FAT loss. Your ultimate fitness goal should include more muscles and less fat. Schedule weekly or monthly body fat ratio tests to measure your true healthy fat loss progress.
Blood sugar levels – the secret to success.
Blood sugar levels, and how to correctly balance them, is vital when it comes to a successful weight loss program.
Correctly balancing your blood sugar levels will not only leave you feeling good and full of energy, but will also contribute in the promotion of the burning of fat for energy; great news!
Ever wondered why you suddenly crave sweet treats at certain times of the day, or when you are on a restrictive diet? That is your blood sugar levels wreaking havoc on your body!
So, how do we balance our blood sugar levels?
Its simple really:
Eat Breakfast! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason, so don’t skip it!
2. Eat little and often. The best formula to follow is 3 main meals with 2 snacks in between.3. Eat carbohydrates; but wait? Carbs are the enemy to weight loss, aren’t they? Complex carbohydrates are your best friend when it comes to weight loss. Not only will they leave you feeling full for longer meaning less sugar cravings, but they will also ensure that you have enough energy to finish your workout! Brown rice, sweet potatoes, and slow cooked porridge are perfect examples of complex carbohydrates; so get eating!
4. Eat protein. Protein isn’t just a bodybuilders best friend, it is also a vital aspect with losing weight. Protein not only aids in muscle growth and repair, but also crucially slows down the breakdown of food. The result? You feel fuller for longer as energy from your food is released slower, and those sugar cravings are nowhere to be seen! Eggs, fish, chicken, and cottage cheese are great examples of protein to include in your diet.
5. Eat fats; Eat fats?? We are trying to lose weight here! Good fats (unsturated) are a crucial food group they you need to take advantage of. Good fats not only aid in keeping your internal organs healthy and in tip top shape, but are densely packed full of energy
6. Eat fibre. Soluble and non soluble fibre are key as they are the key ingredient to transporting energy around your body. If the energy is getting to where it needs to be, then you don’t need to eat as much and therefore wont crave as much
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Starting a weight loss journey is exciting. You know what it is that you want to achieve and can’t wait to start; the sooner you start the faster you get those results, right?! We love your enthusiasm!
That is why we at the RPT studio have provided 5 tips on how to start, and maintain, your weight loss journey the right way.
1)Have a plan!
You know what you want to achieve. You now need a plan on how to achieve this.
Your plan doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be as simple as knowing when you plan to train, what programme/class you plan to follow/attend, and what your dietary intake for the week ahead is going to be.
Why is having a plan important?
If you start out too hard and too fast, you will burn out quickly and lose motivation to continue. If you start out too slow, you won’t see the results that you’ve been dreaming of and this will demotivate you.
Your plan will not only ensure that you know what you are doing, but it will also ensure that you stick to it. It’s much harder to justify to yourself missing a pre planned gym session / a pre paid class than an unplanned one. Take away the excuse factor – the results that you are dreaming of certainly will.
Once you have the plan in place, all you will have to focus on is providing the hard work to prepare you for those amazing results that will start to appear!
2) Accountability – Bring a friend!
A simple, yet vital step in any weight loss journey – accountability. There’s no doubt about it, making changes to your life is hard. There are going to be times where all you want to do is give up and take the easy route; after all, sitting at home eating chocolate sounds so much better than a tough class at the gym!
As motivated as you may be, you need that external motivator by your side to ensure that you commit 100% to your goals – that’s where your training partner comes in.
There will be days during your journey where you will not have the drive to get up and go to the gym. Or days where you will have that temptation to have a take away instead of preparing a full, nutritious meal.
Having a partner by your side can make all of the difference. They will be there not only for encouragement and support, but will also act as a deterrent for you to not to cheat on your journey. When you don’t feel like going to the gym because its cold outside, or because you are a little tired, the thought of letting down your partner will give you that little extra push to get up and go
3) Find exercise that you love!
It’s always easier sticking to something that you love. Exercise is no different. Finding an exercise routine that suits you, that you enjoy, and importantly one that that challenges you each week, is vital as it will ensure that you are progressing towards your goals.
There’s nothing less enjoyable than going to the gym every week, following the same programme every week, and after all of your hard work seeing zero progress/results. Even if it started off as a fun and exciting workout, you’ll soon grow to hate it if you don’t see the results.
If you know that going to the gym and training by yourself is not for you, then join a class/bootcamp! Find a class that not only challenges you to progress each week but that also provides all the ingredients needed to help you to achieve some amazing results! Look out for those that provide varied workouts, nutritional support, and health assessments.
4) Find a nutritional plan that suits YOU!
Nutrition is a MASSIVE part of any successful weight loss
programme. If you cut corners here, then you are cutting corners on the results that you will see at the end.
There are a lot of diets out there that will tell you to cut this out, cut this out, avoid this etc. Ignore them. The key to a successful nutrition plan is finding one that suits YOU and YOUR goals.
Look out for a fully balanced nutrition plan. This includes eating carbs (!) protein, fats, and plenty of fruit and veg.
The most important piece of advice that we can give here is: Don’t starve yourself. Eat to satisfy YOUR OWN need and goals. If you’re hungry, then eat. Just make sure that you eat good, healthy choices! Starving yourself will only lead to two eventualities; you craving bad foods. You giving in to temptation and eating those bad foods. And guess what? The weight that you’ve worked so hard to lose will just come straight back!
5) Stick with it!
There’s unfortunately no magic solution to your weight loss journey. It will require a lot of hard work, sweat, and determination to achieve your goals.
If you follow the above steps though, and you commit 100% to your journey, then we promise you that you can achieve the results that you’ve been dreaming of.
Always remember that trying and failing is acceptable. Using the lessons learnt from failing can only make you stronger.
Failing to try however? That’s the greatest failure right there.
So keep going and keep on working hard. We promise, it’s all worth it in the end!
Bonus tip – Enjoy yourself! Don’t forget that you are doing this to improve your quality of life, so don’t make the mistake of over-thinking everything and sacrificing your life in the process. That defeats the whole object of why you want this change!
You can still go out with friends and family and enjoy yourselves, just plan ahead and be sensible with your choices. Remember that you are doing this for you and that it will all be worth it in the end!