November 19th, 2015, 06:11:31 Craig

One of the things that gets on my nerves, is when my clients complain about not losing any weight.  Let me explain; when someone is:

  • getting stronger
  • getting leaner
  • increasing muscle density
  • losing fat
  • decreasing pain
  • getting happier
  • receiving more compliments from friends, family and colleagues

So what’s the problem right?

The bloody scale.  That’s the problem.  That stupid number on the scale isn’t doing what they want so they focus on that to the point that it could:

  • revert their happiness back to fear, self loathing and unhappiness
  • revert back to old eating habits
  • revert back to their old lifestyle (drinking, smoking etc)
  • cause their old pain to return
  • cause ill feelings or depression to return

All because of a silly number, that at the end of the day means very little.  Who really cares what that number says, providing you look good, move well, have no pain and are as strong as an ox?

Men and women can be equally guilty of this.  Some don’t care about the scales, but many do.  It just doesn’t make sense to me and I have to admit, it drives me absolutely crazy.

If I had 10 things in the pros column and only 1 in the cons, I think I’d be pretty satisfied with my hard work.  But many don’t know how they can keep track of these factors.

The first thing to do is to get your circumference measurements taken at various sites on your body.  I like to stick with a basic 5 measurements:

  • Chest (along the nipple line)
  • Waist (at the belly button level)
  • Hips (at the fullest point of the pelvis)
  • Mid Thigh (ensure shoulders are level with arms by your side, and hands and fingers extended.  Pick a finger and measure from that.  Just make sure that you repeat the same process each time you do the measurements)
  • Mid Bicep (halfway between the top of the shoulder and the middle of the elbow)

As for the damn scale, pick a day of the week, and a time of the day.  This will allow for more accuracy.  Try to do this first thing in the morning, before you consume anything – food or drink, and if possible after you’ve had a visit to the toilet with the morning paper (wink wink).  This will likely be as close as possible to your ‘true’ bodyweight.

Another trick you can use is by tracking your food.  I do this religiously when trying to stay on track.  It’s relatively easy, the app has a large data base for the typical foods you can find anywhere in the world, and if that fails, you can insert the nutritional data for the food and take it from there.

But there is one trick.  You need to actually do this.  Not every other day, not every other meal, not every other snack.  Ever meal, every snack, every glass of wine or bottle of beer.  Every scoop of ice cream and every square of Cadbury’s milk chocolate.  Absolutely everything.  Otherwise, you’re not going to be 100% accurate, and that means you’ll not get 100% of the results.

Most people claim that they know what to do.  Some need a gentle nudge on occasion to keep them straight.  Some need constant support and guidance, while others need a proper good boot in the butt to keep them straight.  Whatever it is you need, figure it out and make sure that you put in place a strategy to stay on track, and another for those times when you fall off the wagon.

Everybody falls at one time or another.  The difference between the successful people from the yoyo dieters is, the successful ones can recover and get back on track the best.

 

~Intelligence mixed with Consistency equals Success~


One Comment on ““I’m sick of eating your healthy foods and not losing any weight””

  • Craig November 23rd, 2015 10:32 am

    Just realising that I didn’t mention the App name. It’s called MyFitnessPal and you can download it to most phones.

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