For many of our BBB babes, their health and fitness is determined by what they see on the scales.
But it shouldn’t be this way!
And here's the reason why…
The Bikini Body Burn workouts are designed to change your body composition. By completing our workouts, you will lose fat and build more muscle. If you have a lot of weight to lose then, you will obviously lose weight. But if you are lean to begin with, it is highly likely that you will actually gain weight!
Scales only show your weight - they do not show body composition. And by body composition, we mean the comparative difference between your fat and your muscle.
You could lose 3kgs (6.6 pounds) of fat but you could put on 3kgs of muscle. On the scales there is no change, but your physical transformation could be huge!
Karina actually weighs more now than when she started training; however she's healthier, happier, fitter, stronger and eats a more balanced diet than she ever has in the past.
Your weight can fluctuate anywhere between 2 to 3 kgs, daily, depending on what you eat, your hydration levels, whether you’ve been to the toilet that day, fluid retention, whether it's that time of the month and so on.
If you measure your success by the scales, you are not getting the big picture in regards to your overall health!
Scales distract you from good habits. Obsessing over fluctuations of weight on the scales takes away from the successes you are achieving. Celebrate the things you are doing right rather than looking at a number on the scales!
You need to avoid the scales dictating your mood. If you stand on the scales and you don’t see the number you wanted, it is enough to get you down and give you a “what’s the point attitude” so you ditch the exercise that day and pick up a tub of Ben and Jerrys.
Everyone is different in the way their body responds to healthy nutrition and exercise. For some, the weight on the scales is the last to move. It is entirely possible to go down two dress sizes, feel amazing, see a physical transformation and get positive comments from your friends and family and see no movement on the scales.
Weighing yourself continuously can actually be bad for you. If you are constantly looking for a drop in numbers on the scales it can cause you to panic and lead you to drop your food intake, exercise too much and develop unhealthy habits. By doing this, sure, you might drop some weight on the scales but this may increase your body fat percentage and you could end up looking and feeling worse just for a decrease in weight on the scales. Remember Sad Sally?
Most people weigh themselves because it is an immediate answer to a question, but the true ways of measuring your successes are a little bit longer term. Some much better ways to gauge your progress are:
- take photos of yourself along your journey
- take your measurements
- keep a journal recording your moods and how you are feeling
- take note of how your clothes are fitting
Remember, your weight is just a number and is a very small part of what makes up your physical and mental fitness.
Simon & Karina x