You Can Lose Fat Without Losing Weight Posted on 20 May 09:55 , 0 comments
When people go out on a health journey to lose weight they often forget that muscle weighs more than fat. This may lead them to believe that their diet and exercise program isn't working because they are not losing weight fast enough or still gaining weight.
The real problem is they are basing their progress off of just their weight on the scale. And while the scale can sometimes help tell the story, it is only one of the tools available to us to track our weight loss journey.
When people say they want to lose weight what they actually mean is they want to look better and feel better, weight ends up taking the blame most of the time, but the real culprit here is fat.
It is entirely possible to be making progress in epic proportions without losing weight simply by burning fat while at the same time replacing that fat with muscle. This fat loss and toning of your muscle groups is what is going to start to give you "curves" or get you "ripped" if you're a guy.
Consider the following photos to see what I mean.
This women gained 14 lbs over time but you can see the slimming result. Even though she is smaller looking she weighs more.
The scales above represent 5lbs of fat and 5lbs of muscle, you can clearly see that the muscle takes up less space.
The same is true for guys, although this guy only lost 2 lbs in about a month look at the difference in appearance.
Here are two more women that gained weight in a 2 year time span but lost inches and gained curves instead.
Five pounds of gained weight yet look at the inches lost and curves gained.
She weighs the exact 150 lbs in each photo but look at how astounding the difference is in appearance.
Use Body Measurements Instead to Track Progress
Do you see how the scales can be deceiving? That's why it's always better to track your progress with measurements and going by how you feel. If you're starting to feel better than it really doesn't matter what the scale says.
Common Body Measurements
Bust: Place the measuring tape across your nipples and measure around the largest part of your chest. Be sure to keep the tape parallel to the floor.
Chest: Place the measuring tape just under your breasts/pecs and measure around the torso while keeping the tape parallel to the floor.
Waist: Place the measuring tape about a 1/2 inch above your bellybutton (at the narrowest part of your waist) to measure around your torso. When measuring your waist, exhale and measure before inhaling again.
Hips: Place the measuring tape across the widest part of your hips/buttocks and measure all the way around while keeping the tape parallel to the floor.