Have you ever stood on the scale after eating right and working out and wondered why your weight hasn’t budged?
Me too, and here’s why:
- If you just started a new training program, or are going back to working out, your body is in a remodeling phase. While you’re gaining muscle and losing fat the numbers on the scale will not reflect the true picture of what’s going on internally.
- Muscle is 70% water and holds on to water to repair itself. This is why when you’re sore you feel swollen. It’s important to remember this is only temporary and will subside.
- The scale does lie. Measurements, body fat, pictures and/or a pair of jeans are a better indication of what is going on with your body than the scale alone. Try taking measurements of your waist, lower stomach, hips, thighs and arms or body fat to monitor progress. And keep in mind even a quarter of an inch is significant progress.
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Here’s how to develop a healthy relationship with the scale.
- Weight is just a number, so develop a healthy relationship with it. Don’t give it too much power.
- Don’t let the numbers frustrate you to the point of quitting and starting over, again and again. Recognize they are not telling the whole story.
- Your weight is not your report card.
- You are God-designed and one of a kind. Don’t allow one aspect of you to define your worth.
Those numbers can shake the best of us and make us want to give up and quit. As a Christian, I believe in having a go to scripture for everything and here’s mine for the scale:
“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” – Psalm 16:8
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