Pant/dress size dropping, but not weight? Today`s blog answers a very common issue. In all my years of personal training, one question arose more than any other, actually, much more than any other. Why am I not losing weight? But my pant/dress size is getting smaller.
Many clients get mad at this issue and become frustrated and many even quit thinking they’re wasting their money, and of course they’re also thinking their trainers doesn’t know what they’re doing. Which is usually not the case at all.
Ditch the scales!
First of all, do not get caught up with the obsession of jumping on the scales every time you walk into the bathroom!
Many people see the scales as an instrument of motivation, but they can be exactly the opposite. Your weight can fluctuate considerably during the day, when you consider the water you drank and the food you ate. Weigh yourself soon as you get up in a morning, this will give you a true reading, but you don’t need to do it every day or multiple times daily.
For a start the number on the scale includes everything like muscle, organs, bones, food and water and fat. So, for that reason the number on the scale might not show what you’re hoping to see. It doesn’t reflect the changes happening in your body; for example, If you’re doing cardio and strength training, you may build lean muscle at the same time you’re losing body fat. In that case, the scale may not change even though you’re getting leaner. Basically, the scale cannot tell the difference between fat and muscle and combines all into one number.
Remember, if you step on the scale and you’re unhappy with what you see, how does that make you feel? It may make you start questioning everything you’re doing, wondering why you even bother at all. Focusing on weight may overshadow the positive results you’re getting such as fat loss, more endurance, higher energy levels, and now wearing smaller clothes.
Give the scales a break, go by what clothes you are now wearing, if you’re dropping clothes size you must be doing something correct, right? The training program and diet are working, the smaller sized clothes aren’t an illusion, it’s a fact, and its working!
Don’t allow the scales to distract you from the good you are doing. Make sure you get a scale that also measures body fat, don’t just go by what it says you weigh.
Basically, the scales can be the ultimate in frustration, losing motivation and quitting on your exercise plan and weight-loss goals.
Which is heavier, 5lb of feathers or 5lb of iron?
I used to ask my clients what’s heavier? 5lb of feathers or 5lb of iron? So many would say iron not really thinking about what the question actually asked. Any two things that weigh the same obviously do weigh the same, the size however, is totally different like 5lb of fat is much larger than 5lb of muscle in volume.
During the road to weight loss your body goes through a transition and it takes time, focus on all the positive aspects you are seeing and experiencing along that road. Do not be a victim of the scales, think of them like this; they can be like a bad friend who never seems to compliment you.
So, now you know how replacing body fat with muscle can make you lose pant/dress size but not necessarily actual body weight.