The scales have become our enemy; they were invented in the 1800′s to measure the mass of objects. Egyptians used to measure their gold on a balance scale.
In our days, they are also used to determine how much a human weighs. This leads to many societal problems because we are under the impression that in order to be thin, we have to weigh little. As a result, the scales become a psychological object, capable of making us stressed and in severe cases, could cause eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, etc.
Let’s now remove scales; pretend they don’t exist. So how can we measure our progress of losing fat if the scales are out of the picture? Easier than you think- it’s called observation. We don’t need to see the scales going down when we can see our jeans size going down. We have evidence we are losing fat but do we need to see it on the scales to make it real? In short, no. No, we don’t need to see the scales going down IF we are observing our body change for the better. What more proof do we need?
The reason we might not see a big change on the scales is dependant on your training style. If you are doing resistance training, you will build muscle. Essentially, muscle weighs the same as fat so you may be losing fat but building muscle. http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=8311&sc=128
If you want to lose weight by only doing cardio, you will lose weight- you will lose fat, muscle and water. This will actually bring the scales down as you are just losing everything extra on your body. By only doing cardio, you will go from a ‘big pear’ to a ‘small pear’ but will still look like a pear. To actually ‘tighten’ your body and sculpt it to reach a desired shape, you have to do resistance training (weights). This will, in turn, cause you to hopefully build muscle which, despite popular belief weighs more or less the same as fat.
I have had clients who are noticing positive changes with their bodies and telling me about them, yet they complain about the scales not really moving. What’s more, I show them evidence of them losing fat and maintaining muscle but in the back of their mind, they still focus on the scales. So, as most personal trainers do, I’ve removed the scales out of the equation and encourage clients to focus on their bodily changes and OBSERVATIONS they make re- their bodies, NOT a machine which just gives some numbers.
The conclusion is, THROW YOUR SCALES AWAY, start taking pictures and observe what’s happening to your body- see the positive changes as your goals and satisfaction.
All the best,