Leaner Not Lighter

One of the most demoralising aspects of becoming healthy and fit is those times you get on the scales and nothing has changed. In fact quite often things seem to be going in the wrong direction. How is this possible? You are exercising more than ever before and your diet has undergone a massive transformation.

To make this easy to understand you first need to know that lean tissue, ie muscle is denser than adipose tissue ( Fat ). This means that muscle takes up less space than fat, so although you are now appearing leaner your body weight may be quite similar. It is a misconception that muscle weighs more than fat. The last time I checked 1kg of fat weighed the same as 1kg of muscle and that works for other weights too. You often hear this said. In actual fact what is meant by this is that the density of muscle is far greater than fat. So if you look like you are becoming leaner and this is backed up by accurate body measurements, keep doing what you are doing.

In the long term this additional lean tissue, will increase your metabolism, give you greater body strength, flexibilty, shape and tone. Never forget your heart is a muscle too, and who wouldn’t want a strong and efficient cardio vascular system.

To summarise do not throw away the scales just yet, but use them in conjunction with other ways of measuring your success.