What do you really lose when you lose "weight"?
When the pounds start to come off, you're jubulent, elated, excited, proud! Your ticker is happy, your MFP friends are happy, you feel amazing!
You GO gurl! Update your profile with PRIDE-see your ticker jump for joy!
In all of this though, do you ever wonder what those pounds consist of? If you're like me, then you probably didn't for a long time. I always thought "why do I care-the scale loves me and that's all that matters!" That was all good and fine until the scale slowed down, then it stopped and for a few days, that hateful thing went UP.
There will come a day (seriously-it happens to ALL of us) when the scale won't love you either and you may feel devistated, discouraged, deflated, helpless and maybe even like you want to give up.
You may just say "eff it! I want a taco!" So you don your cowboy hat disguise in shame, make that sad run for the border and get your taco. Then you might eat it and cry.
I hope that when and if that day comes, you'll remember this blog and use this knowledge to keep you going.
Like GI Joe always said, "now you know and knowing is half the battle!"
Before you become a tear stained taco eating sad unicorn, let's head this mess off at the pass shall we?
Know that there are 2 different types of "loss"
- Fat Loss (yes, please happen!)
- Weight Loss (I'll take this too please!)
- Fat (yep, #1!)
- Poo (for lack of better word...)
- Muscle (please, no!)
For those of us who are overweight, the first of these two is our major goal.
We want to lose the fat. Get rid of all that horrid, jiggly stuff, right?
Right. So that leads me to what #2 is, because it happens when pounds come off too.
"Weight" Loss can consist of:
- Fat (yes, lose this please!)
- Water (the easiest to blame...)
- Poo (it's ok if you giggled-I don't hate!)
- Muscle (nooooo!)
When you hit a plateu, know that yes, there is a possibility that a pound of fat may have been lost, but replaced with a pound of something in the "weight" category shown above, thus making it appear that you've lost no fat.
However, if that scenario is correct, fat loss did happen, but it coincided with a "weight" gain and washed.
This my friends is why it's important to use methods OTHER THAN THAT MOODY SCALE to measure progress!
Put thee behind me, Devil!
- Take progress photos (see my previous blog on that!)
- Take your measurements
- Measure your body fat percentage
- Take into consideration what time of the month it is
Know that daily, weekly and monthly weight fluctuations as a result of something listed under "weight" above can skew your perception of your progress overall which can be discouraging.
One more thing I need to impart as well:
A pound of muscle is a pound, period.
It does not weigh more or less than a pound of fat, however, a pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat!
Mind blown yet? Check out this image!
Also-fat looks gross as all get out, am I right?
So, after looking at that tasty graphic-you can SEE that you may not be losing fat, but you are also probably not "gaining" muscle. Muscle gain generally happens after you've been working out for a good few months and when you've been eating enough to make it happen. Not to say it's impossible to gain muscle, just less likely than the fact that you've toned some muscles instead. That's why measurements are so important. If you're not losing fat, the scale hasn't moved, but your clothes fit better and you're all "Whahhht?!" then remember that image. When you work out-you tone your muscles, making them more compact, so they take up less space!
Alright, to prevent this post from becoming one that's TL;DR (too long, didn't read), I will stop now and just say that I hope this info was helpful and I hope you all have a FANTABULOUS day!
Love, peace and hair grease-