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Should You Watch The Scale?

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Should You Watch The Scale?

We see it here at Method3 Fitness all the time.

Someone has just joined us or is coming in for their goal setting check-in and there’s the dreaded groan when we ask them to step on the scale.

For so many people, that little number has determined so much for them.
Their mood, happiness levels, and even their personal value or worth for many years.

Now is when we learn to stop that.

While it’s important to have numbers by which to track progress, and the scale is one of those numbers that gives us data, it is such a small data point. Plus, there are SOOOO many other ways to track progress! This is why we like to help coach detachment from the scale.

One question that comes up a lot is why more weight isn’t lost when people are eating right and working out hard.

Don’t get me wrong – when someone is significantly overweight, the scale should and will (usually) change quite a bit with the implementation of new and healthier habits. For others, however, the scale is slow to move. And we know that can be frustrating!

Here’s a few reasons why that can occur

First, it can be a simple matter of density. No, muscle doesn’t weigh more than fat because a pound of fat and a pound of muscle will always weight the same. It just so happens that muscle takes up a lot less space. In fact, fat can take up THREE times more space than muscle of the same weight!

What does this mean?

Well you can gain a pound and actually go DOWN in body fat and inches! 🙂

Other factors that can also play into what the scale says on any given day, include:
  • hydration levels
  • muscle glycogen levels
  • stress levels
  • and for women, time of the month

So, if you’re feeling married to the number on the scale, be sure to take other body measurements, track clothing sizes, track your sleep, your mood, your energy, your strength, etc. TRUST ME when I tell you that if you are following what the coach asks you to do and being diligent in your follow through that SUCCESS will be yours and come to you in a variety of ways. 🙂


Live Stronger For Today,
John Heringer
Chief Motivator, Method3 Fitness

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