Oh how you love the weight scale.

Every-time you hop on it’s like Christmas, maybe you were naughty maybe you were nice.

You wake up in the morning, go to the bathroom, strip down completely and hop on the scale.

Only to realize it’s not going where you wanted it to go.

Maybe it has gone up, maybe down but never down as fast as you would like.

So what in the world is the freaking problem?!

Well we’re going to get down to the nitty gritty here.

The numbers on the weight scale come from different parts and aspects of your body.

Let me repeat this the numbers on the weight scale come from different aspects of your body.

Mainly:

  1. Water
  2. Glycogen (stored glucose/carbs) in your muscles and liver
  3. Food currently in your stomach

These are the main things that will affect the numbers on the weight scale.

I tested this out myself numerous times and found that throughout a single day my weight range would vary between 1-7 pounds.

In a single day!

The more water you drink, the higher the number on the scale.

The more food you eat, the higher the number on the scale.

The more carbohydrates you eat, the higher the number on the scale.

Weight loss comes from the loss of two things:

  1. Fat
  2. Muscle

Did you know that most people lose weight too quickly and lose both fat and muscle?

This wreaks havoc on your metabolism!

There are two ways to lose this weight (fat, muscle, or both):

1. Cardio and/or resistance training

2. Eating less (what everyone calls dieting when they really shouldn’t)

This is what happens with the typical person trying to lose weight:

  • They start doing cardio for an hour a day
  • They lose weight quickly
  • They get excited and keep doing the same type of cardio
  • They either stall out and can’t lose any more weight
  • OR they get to the weight they want and don’t look anything like what they were expecting at that weight AKA Skinny Fat (more on that later…)

So now you’ve lost all this weight, the weight scale says exactly what you want and you don’t look how you want to look.

So what do you think happened?

AND THE ANSWER IS?!?!?!

You lost weight so quickly you weren’t able to keep that lean muscle mass.

So now you’re what we call “Skinny Fat”.  It means in terms of pure numbers on the scale and girth measurements (the measurements you take with a tape measure) the numbers are low.

BUT you have absolutely no muscle mass, so you don’t even look lean at the low weight.  The weight on the scale you have been trying so hard to get to.

Guess What?  Now You Have Another Problem!

Your metabolism is completely shot.

You have to work even harder to stay at that same weight.  Maybe even working out 7 days a week for an hour or more of cardio everyday.

What you should have done is this:

  • Lifted weights three days a week on nonconsecutive days like Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Adjusted your eating habits to create a calorie deficit (meaning you are burning more calories than you’re consuming)
  • And maybe added a couple of days worth of cardio in the mix to really knock off large amounts of calories in one time.