On our quest to optimum health or to the perfect body, we often times get fixated on the numbers on the weight scale. We set goals for certain numbers on the weight scale but those numbers are not as important as numbers such as dress size, inches and body mass index. Sometimes we can set ourselves up for failure by setting goals like to lose 10 pounds, or trying to reach a certain number on the scale. One thing we must always remember, when it comes to fitness and health, is that we are all different. Not one of us is the same. So 135 pounds might be a good weight for one but not for another. So don’t get obsessed on that number.
A common trend, when you set “scale goals”, is that people do whatever they need to do to get to that number. Some of which includes crazy diets, over exercising and not eating at all. These things cannot be sustained over a long period of time (your lifetime). Additionally, those means are not healthy and will do more harm than good. People do whatever it takes to reach their scale goal and then cannot maintain whatever they were doing to get there, and eventually gain the weight back. And then the continuous cycle starts….losing weight and gaining it back.
Instead of setting “scale goals” it is better to set more realistic and specific goals like:
- Be more active by playing with my kids.
- Drink more water.
- Get up and walk around at least every hour.
These sort of goals are much more easy and realistic to achieve.
When we get fixated on the numbers on the scale we don’t allow ourselves to gain…. Gain muscle! Gaining muscle is important to stay fit and healthy. Muscle allows you to have more endurance to get through your exercise routines. Another HUGE benefit is you will burn more calories throughout the day. Building muscle is essential to permanent weight loss. Once you gain weight on the scale from muscle you will see a change inches, dress sizes, and body mass index.
Till next time…keep it moving!
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