The scale is a representation of the force that is exerted on your body by gravity… How would that even represent your state of how fit and healthy you are? It doesn’t.
The scale can be a helpful tool for weight loss or weight gain. Whatsoever, we need to take a step back and look at the goal we are pursuing. Most people want to be fit, toned and have muscle definition.
“Muscle weighs more than fat.”
Muscle does not weigh more than fat… A pound is a pound. But, muscle is way more dense than fat. So, by volume it seems to weigh more because a pound of muscle will occupy less space than a pound of fat. It’s all about your body composition.
And, that’s what I am worried about – my body composition. I want more muscle, less fat. In order to gain muscle I will be weighing more. The scale is going up but my body is staying lean, this is how I know I’m gaining muscle and not fat. In order to stay on track, take progress pictures and step on the scale once a week. Don’t let it freak you out…. If your goal is to get more tone then try not to focus too much on your weight but on how your body looks. Adding lean mass is still adding mass.
Your weight will fluctuate regardless, water retention, stress, sleep, the food you ate the day before – it will all influence the weight. But, by taking progress pictures and keeping track of your weight you will be able to track your progress.
Use the scale, but don’t worry about it too much. Worry about how you look and most of all feel because you know your body best.