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Looking Past the Weight Scale

On my weight loss journey, one of my favorite quotes I have heard concerns our obsession with the weight scale.  The quote is “The weight scale is not the most ACCURATE measure of my progress, just the most CONVENIENT”.  That quote struck a chord with me.  I, like so many, judged my total progress on whether or not the scale numbers went down or not.

However, the scale can be very misleading.  It is possible to make tons of progress and lose inches of body fat but not move the scale much.  Beachbody talks about this in its literature.  That is why they encourage you to take many body measurements, such as you arms, hips, stomache, etc.  You should also be taking a “fit test” if your program has one and measure your body fat percentage too.  Be sure to also take your Day 1, Day 30, Day 60, and Day 90 photos.   It is critical to take all of this at the beginning your journey in order to get a beginning baseline of your numbers.

Then, you should be tracking your progress every 30 days so you can see “real” change.  If you saw my video, you’ll know that I lost 77 lbs. in 6 months.  However, I can tell you that my weight went up and down on a daily basis.  The lesson here is to not get too caught up on tracking only the scale and give your body time to make its transformation.

If you are using a Beachbody program and “bringing it” with intensity everyday, then there are so many internal changes you are making to your health and energy that will never be measured by a weight scale.  If you are excercising and eating nutritiously, then you are definitely going to see improvement in your cholesterol numbers, your blood pressure, and so on.  Not to mention the physical and mental well being that comes from living a “fit” lifestyle.  Again, changes in your body that cannot be measured with a scale.

I am sure there are many days you hop on the scale and are so excited to see the numbers go down and then only get frustrated to see no progress, or worse, you see the numbers get larger.  If you are one of those people who get caught up using the scale, then try only jumping on the scale once a week.

Just be sure to remember that the scale is not the most ACCURATE measure of your progress, just the most CONVENIENT.

Here’s to your health!  Keep “bringing it”!

-Coach Fred


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