Nowadays, more and more people are finally thinking straight and realising that “weight” – as in the number you see on the scale, isn’t really relevant to body composition and fat loss. In layman’s terms, getting into shape is about much more than numbers on a scale.
It’s about fat loss and not WEIGHT loss, muscle gain, muscle retention, performance, overall health, and so many other important factors.
To clarify – if you are quite overweight, seeing the scale weight go down is a solid indicator that things are going the right direction initially, but let’s say for example you’re a woman who currently weighs 10 stone, and you look and feel absolutely fantastic, why is there a need to push for 9 stone or whatever the goal weight may be?
Some people are unfortunately still stuck in the stone age with this and see the only possible meaningful “result” from their training efforts as being a reduction in scale weight. Resulting in a lot of misinformed people on a never ending conquest of getting back to their birth weight.
Here’s the thing. Your weight literally fluctuates from day to day, and hour to hour depending what you eat and drink. Eat a meal that’s particularly high in carbohydrates this evening and you’ll without a doubt weigh more tomorrow morning than you did today. It’s not rocket science. However, does that mean you’ve got 2lbs fatter overnight? No, you’re simply measuring the contents of your gut, along with water retention, glycogen and other factors.
If you’re currently on a program that places the entire emphasis on losing weight, bear in mind that losing large quantities of weight weekly is neither sustainable, nor healthy.
It’s possible to make someone’s scale weight significantly drop in a short space of time, but I can promise you it will not last. It’s not uncommon for MMA fighters to drop a stone or more in the last couple of days before a weigh in, does that mean they’ve dropped over a stone of bodyfat with some magic technique? No, they’ve simply manipulated their food and water to such an extent that they “trick” the scales essentially by depleting themselves so much – and you can rest assured by the time they’re fighting they’ve got that weight back on.
Trying to do this in every day life is NOT A GOOD IDEA.
Massive reductions in your calorie intake will of course show a big reduction in scale weight in the short term but will make actually looking better and improving your body composition much more difficult in the long run by damaging your metabolism.
Say goodbye to the lean, athletic figure you envision in your head, and get used to just looking like a slightly smaller version of yourself until you fix the damage you’ve done.
I’ve heard of people literally being charged money to be weighed, it’s crazy. Why would you spend your hard earned cash for someone to tell you your current relationship with gravity and receive a pat on the back or a telling off? Health isn’t measured in weight, and neither are quality, long term results.
The take home – we’ve got to find the approach to get you to your physical goal while eating as much good quality food as possible. Sustainable fat loss should see you eating more food than ever before – not starving yourself and fighting off cravings every day.
Remember the next time you get a telling off for what you see on the scales. There really is more to this whole “health” thing than losing “weight”