Trim Tuesday: Muscle Weighs More Than Fat
About six weeks ago, I began practicing hot yoga. Many years ago I had a good yoga practice going but life happened and I stopped going. For the past 40 days, my yoga flame has been blazing; I’ve consistently practiced 4 to 5 times a week in this time.
Just the past weekend I noticed some changes in my body. Physically I feel stronger. My core feels more firm and my arms are beginning to look more shapely. This is when the light bulb went off. What I was seeing physically wasn’t sinking in mentally.
MUSCLE WEIGHS MORE THAN FAT
We all know muscle weighs more than fat, but if you’re fixated on the scale (like me) that knowledge won’t matter. You may expect to see that number going down, but if you’re increasing muscle mass, it won’t at first. The changes will be taking place on the inside and the scale won’t necessarily reflect that.
I decided to get some much-needed advice from my friend and personal trainer Bernice Robinson of Bernice Robinson Personal Training Studio. She reminded me that
“…for every pound of muscle it takes 40 to 60 calories a day to maintain. Therefore our body uses more energy increasing our metabolic rate which is the only way to lose body fat and keep it off. Also remember muscle weighs more than fat, but is much more dense; taking up less room in our bodies which equates to a more petite frame.”
“And don’t get discouraged by what the scale is reading! It takes time and it’s a forever thing. Not a short-term, quick fix.”
This is just what I needed to hear to keep going. Slow and steady wins the race and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. A slow and steady fitness regime along with healthy eating is a fool-proof way to achieve your health goals.
MIND BODY AND SOUL
I love yoga for a number of reasons and none of them actually have to do with weight loss. I love devoting an hour a day to my body and soul. I am able to quiet my mind during the classes and focus on my breathing and postures. I love the sense of calm this brings to me both physically and mentally.
Yoga makes me feel strong and empowered and if one of the side effects is more muscles and an increased metabolism than I am okay with that.
WEEK FIVE RESULTS
Start waist: 35”
End of week five waist: 33”
Week one weight loss: 4.6 lbs
Week two weight loss: 1.6 lbs
Week three weight loss: 0 lbs
Week four weight loss: 1 lb
Week five weight loss: 0 lbs
Total weight loss: 7.2 lbs
Total waist inches lost: 2”
Short Term Goal: To feel comfortable in a bathing suit on our trip to Florida in April.
Long Term Goal: To lose 37 lbs.
Remaining weight loss to goal: 29.8 lbs
Healthy waist: 32”
What activities do you like to do to increase your fitness? Are you a scale junkie? How do you overcome that?
Note: I am not receiving compensation nor am I affiliated with The Belly Fat Cure. These opinions are my own. Before starting any health or meal plan you should consult with you doctor. Or so I have been told.