Member writes in:
I stepped on the scale this morning and seem to be gaining weight but my clothes fit better. What's going on with that?!?
Health Coach Answer:
This is very normal when you start a new "weight loss regimen". It has to do with the density of muscle and fat.
A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat (they both weigh one pound) but muscle is denser and takes up less space than fat.
So, even though, your bathroom scale says you are gaining weight, because you are more compact, your clothes will and should fit better.
This is why at Integrity we also measure body composition.
Remember that Body composition is the ratio of lean mass (good weight) to fat mass (bad weight if too much).
Your bathroom scale gives one number and that is TOTAL body weight and it can't tell the difference between how much muscle you have gained vs how much fat you have lost.
So if your scale number is going up but you clothes are fitting better and better - that's a GOOD thing!
Hope that helps! Keep at it! You got this!
Integrity Health is a franchise company residing in New Hampshire. We specialize in health coaching centers combining fitness with weight loss to optimize and promote optimal health. We are also the national purveyors of the EZCOACH Fitness Prescription System licensed by fitness professionals.