In 2005, I didn’t work out at all. I pretty much ate whatever I wanted. My weight? 62 Kg.
A bout of typhoid kick-started considerable weight-loss (I can’t take the credit), and in the college years that followed, I barely ate. Not too afterwards, I pursued marital bliss. At the time of my wedding in 2012, I weighed a grand total of 53 kg. You could say I was experiencing a fair bit of weight loss bliss too!
As they say, what goes up must come down. Or when we’re talking about body weight, what has stayed down can and most certainly will go up. So, I couldn’t maintain my weight and went on a rollercoaster journey that was emotionally and physically overwhelming.
I took a step back to figure out a sustainable solution. I began working out and experimenting with my diet to fight the right balance. I needed to gain a better understanding of my body – and I have!
Care to guess how much I weigh today?
The scales say 57 - just 5 kilos less than 2005 and 4 kilos more than 2012.
Which brings me to the point I'd like to make in this post - BODY WEIGHT INCLUDES EVERYTHING – every tissue, every cell, the food you just ate and the glass of water you just drank. Importantly, YOUR WEIGHT ALONE DOES NOT INDICATE HOW HEALTHY YOU ARE OR HOW WELL YOU'RE PROGRESSING!
This misunderstanding really breaks my heart. I cannot tell you the number of women who've come to me after starting on the right track, but who’ve fixated on their weight to the point of confusing themselves about small weight fluctuations. This line of thinking is unhealthy, and has never done anyone any good. Some of these wonderful women’s obsession took a toll on their willpower. For some others, their bodies just gave up (when your body says ‘no’, pushing any further may be affect your health). They just went back to square one, all their effort and time maintaining a fit, slender body gone to waste.
I’ll share with you what I told them: SHIFT YOUR MINDSET ON WHAT WEIGHT REALLY MEANS.
A pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle,just like a pound of cotton weighs the same as a pound of steel! But, the question is, which one will take up more space - muscle or fat... cotton or steel? And we're concerned with space right? I mean, if you could fit into those skinny jeans, would you care about how much you weigh? Muscle always trumps fat - not only does it take up less space but it also gives you strength, burns more calories (5 times more!) and is the major contributor to a toned body. (watch this space for my post on the importance of muscle)
Apart from muscle and fat, a large percentage of your body weight is made up of water. This means that your weight fluctuates all the time depending on your water, salt, and carb intake, as well as your hormone levels, the weather, your daily activities, and a whole host of other factors.
Then there’s the time of the day - If you weigh yourself on the same day morning and night - there could be a difference of 1-2 Kilograms!
This is plain biology.
THE WEIGHING SCALE IS ONE OF THE MANY TOOLS TO MEASURE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRESS AND STAY MOTIVATEDTOWARDS LEADING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. IT IS NOT THE ONLY METRIC THAT DECIDES WHETHER YOU’RE WINNING OR FAILING AT WEIGHT LOSS.
Stop relying too heavily on the scale. Instead, focus on what really matters and commit to small and consistent improvements in your nutrition, workout composition and your daily movement.
Bottom line - do the right things consistently and your body will respond positively. You will like what you see in the mirror and you will love who you are even more. 😊