We all know the poor measure a scale is for tracking our fitness. We know a scale measures everything: bones, fat, muscle, skin, organs, etc… We know muscle is much more dense than fat and we know quick weight loss is mostly lost muscle and water, leaving more fat on the body.
We also know that our metabolism is guided by the amount of lean muscle tissue on our body. What we NEED to know is lean muscle can be lost in a variety of ways, but can only be added by resistance exercise. If we aren’t exercising, we aren’t adding any lean muscle tissue, meaning we’re getting fatter…even when we’re losing weight!
The general assumption for people who don’t exercise is that they are 50% fatter than the scale implies. So, if you were 160 pounds in college and you’re now 180 pounds, you’re not just 20 pounds overweight. The truth is you’re fatter than that. You’re not weighing more muscle, but more fat.
This is also why dieting, alone, doesn’t work. Losing weight without resistance exercise always results in losing muscle, muscle that will no longer be present to burn fat. Ever notice how people who lose a lot of weight at once through strict diets don’t really look fitter, but look “small fat”?
If you’ve taken this route, you’re not alone. Gimmicks have us believing we can take a pill or eliminate a food group and achieve perfect health. Don’t continue to fall for the easy way out. It will not bring you the results you want.
Instead, begin eating moderately. Apply the essential components to fitness: good nutritional habits, hydration, vitamins and minerals, cardiovascular training, and lift heavy things! in other words resistence training.
Synergistically apply these components to build lean muscle tissue and let it help you burn fat like crazy!
As always, don’t use the scale…to make you feel better!