Taking progression photos and measurements of yourself along your journey is important for many reasons. At the the end of the day the number that appears on the scales is just a number, which in time you’ll realise can also be deceiving. There are much better methods to calculate your body composition that will give you a more accurate result. When starting out at the gym you might even experience the scales fluctuate a pound or two which I know can be extremely frustrating, for beginners to resistance training especially you might see the scale go up from gaining muscle. I can imagine what is running through you’re mind is that muscle weighs more than fat, which in fact is incorrect as 1lb of muscle weighs the same as 1lb of fat, however due to the high density of muscle it has a much leaner appearance compared to fatty tissues that needs more space to jiggle about.
Looking at the photo above you can now visually see the difference between fatty tissues and lean muscle both which weigh 5lbs. Also take a second to realise how much 5lbs of fat actually is and the next time you lose 5lbs don’t be so disappointed, because look at how much you’ve lost across your body, wow!
Another popular question is will I get bulky from resistance training? No. Women don’t have the testosterone that men have to get bulky. Defining ‘Toning up’ is losing body fat and gaining lean muscle, so don’t be afraid to lift weights as that is how you’re going to get them nice toned arms, buns and abs!!
So it’s simple, don’t have a number on the scale as a goal, don’t let that number frustrate you when you weigh yourself and definitely do not let it make you give up because you think you’re getting no where, but actually go off the way your clothes fit you, measurements, the way you feel and the way you look in the mirror and remember to look at your progress photos.
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