Today, I want to clear up a common misconception. Weight loss is not the same thing as health gain. By that, I mean that the number on the scale is not an indicator of health. Weight does not equal health. Got it?
I realize that sounds contrary to many of the public health messages you face every day. Everyone wants to lose a pound, and we want a diet or workout plan to make us lose pounds quickly. That simply isn’t the reality of becoming healthy.
One of the biggest difficulties I face with clients is having them stop focusing on weight loss as the index of how well they are doing. In fact, nearly all of my clients start going up on the scale before they start going down, but if they stick to working out with me, they will find they are looking better in their clothes. Why is that?
Muscle weighs more than fat. It is a simple fact of life. While my clients think they are after weight loss, they are actually after fat loss, and the two are entirely different. To lose fat and to gain muscle is often to go up on the scale but down a pants size.
So laugh at the health slogans advertising for weight loss. Eat well (something I’ll work on defining in other posts) and stay active. Build muscle and burn fat. Recognize that there are plenty of indicators of health like your BMI or even just the amount of energy you feel like you have throughout the day.
Weight is simply gravity holding you onto this planet. It is pulling on your bones, muscles, and organs, too, not just your fat. Re-focus your energy on what really matters: feeling great! Your diet and exercise habits are important, but the number resulting from gravity’s force on you is not.