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Fitness Myths Exposed #8 "If the Scale hasn't budged, you're not making progress"

Posted Oct 11 2012 4:48pm
Fitness Myth #8: If the scale hasn’t budged, you’re not making progress. Don’t be a slave to the scale. A pound is a pound, whether it’s made up of muscle, fat or feathers. Density, not weight, is what matters. Picture a pound of lean ground hamburger you buy at the grocery store – that’s what a pound of muscle looks like.Double that, and you have a good idea of how big a pound of fat is.Muscle is more compact than fat, so it takes up less space in your body. Which explains why the scale may not budge, even as your belt gets looser and clothes fit better. Muscle also weighs more than fat does and a better way to see if you have made progress is by taking your body measurements and by just looking at yourself in the mirror naked or in your underwear. The mirror doesn't lie and you will be able to really see your progress and also the see parts that may need more work. If you feel the need to weigh yourself then do it once every two weeks or once a month, don't do it on a daily basis as your weight does fluctuate a few pounds each day depending on exercise, eating and time of day. So, weight yourself at a set time of the month and also take your body measurements so you're not only relying on the scale and that way you'll get a better idea of your progress overall.

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