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Should I quit watching the scale for a bit?


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Good morning! You all are always so helpful, so I have yet another question for you.

 

I have lost 23 pounds over the last 10 months (yeah, my body is pretty stubborn) and got down to a weight that I could be happy with:  125 at 5'6"  I now want to get my body toned, because I lost using LOTS of cardio and watching my calories. I am slimmer and jiggly is basically what has happened here!  :)  Anyway, since I have began doing weight training, my weight is creeping back up.  I know that this is because muscle weighs more than fat, but it is giving me anxiety to see 5 more pounds on the scale since those last 5 pounds were so stubborn!

 

Should I ditch the scale, knowing that as I build muscle my number will go back up?  Or, should I continue to calorie count and weight to get back down to 125 WITH the muscle and be even more trim and fit? I thought that after the initial spike, I would be able to lose a couple more pounds since having more muscle in your body burns more calories.  Can I expect to see this? 

 

I'm very happy with my body how it is now, minus the %#@* lovehandles that won't go away. Ever. No matter what I do. I really don't know if I have the willpower to lose the extra 5-10 pounds I would need to in order to get rid of the extra fat on my body (lovehandles, tiny remainder of a belly bump, and some extra thigh weight), but I'm okay with it because I like having curves.

 

Insights please?  Thanks!!!! 

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Wow good for you, you are my height and at my goal weight!!! Sooo jealous!! :)  (I'm stuck stuck stuck at 135)

I would do two things, keep an eye on the scale and use some kind of clothing.  Because you could gain weight from muscle but a pair of jeans could be the same or even get looser.  I would still keep an eye on the scale tho, because that's how I let my weight creep back up again... my guess is you will lose a few pounds after doing weight training for awhile??? But everyone is different.   

Keep up the weights for SURE tho, muscle totally transforms your body and you will look great no matter what the scale says!

well done on your weight loss, I can understand completely how you feel about the scales.  I would suggest that you continue to use the scales, but concentrate on logging your measurements, if you have gained 5lbs but lost inches, I wouldn't worry about the gain.  In the long run and providing that you are still maintaining, the weight will probably even out, and your body will be more toned from all the exercise.

I hope this helps, and well done again.

We all know weight can fluctuate day to day, and we understand that it could be concerning if the weight creeps up.

I recommend weighing yourself daily, and recording it, then take the average weight per week compared to the following week.

Comparing avg weight of week to week, you may discover your weight is not changing, or if you are gaining, then at least you can confirm that too and make a decision from there.

Additionally, most people misuse the statement that muscle weighs more than fat. Yes, I understand that per same volume, muscle slightly outweighs fat, but the fact is, it's very difficult to build any significant weight of muscle.

Chances are, if you recently started weight lifting, you could be retaining more water due to muscle repair. Sometimes weight lifting triggers extra hunger therefore extra eating (it does for me) so I would be mindful to count your calories as well.

Or, if you recently went from calorie deficit to calorie maintain, there's a good chance that you would gain those 5 pounds and maintain from there. This is usually a result of eating more calories, which in most cases equals more sodium, more stored glucose, which equals more water retention. Alcohol can play a factor as well sometimes.

That said, I still recommend weighing yourself daily (thus answering your original question), and be visual of avg weight week to week. If it's trending up, and if this result is undesirable, I would go back to counting calories.

I hope this information helps you to decide your next course of actions. Best of luck to you.

 

im 5'5 was 125 and happy there but between 127-129 lately and the scale is pissing me off too.. ive been lifting more so i really dont know.. i think im gonna throw the scale out the window as well, im not complaining of a 5 lb fluctuation cause its a bad weight but its frustrating when its never done that.. soo im hoping the same as you.. just curious how many cal did you eat and how much do you exercise?

Ditch the scale!  It's no longer going to do you any good.  Give it some time and then hop back on when you feel great, and when you've toned up.  And if the scale is higher than you thought it would be, ask yourself about which matters more: looking good and feeling healthy, or a smaller number.

Chances are, it won't be the latter.  If you get toned, hop on the scale, don't like the number, AND feel like you still have room for improvements, try to lose more at that time.

Greepea-  I'm with you... 135 was my plateau, I got stuck there for literally 2 months.  

 

Britty-  I did calorie cycling and went between 1300 and 1700, keeping a weekly average of about 1450.  I would jog 2 miles 3-4 times a week, and do 30-45 minute exercise tapes (Hip Hop Abs and Turbo Jam-- yes, you will feel stupid if you desire to try these bopping around in your living room) on the other days.  I would also do walking lunges all around the living room in 15 minute increments while watching TV in the evenings. Right now, I have 3 gym days a week (my work/school schedule has spiraled out of control!) and do 45 minutes of cardio, usually an elliptical on high resistance, and then a weight training circuit.  I'm wanting to start jogging again because I want to run a 5k before the end of the year.  

I vote get rid of the scale! If you're happy with your size now (but want to be more toned), pick a pair of non-stretchy pants & shirt, and use those to measure (hopefully something you don't really wear; you don't want to wash them, because they'll shrink if you do, and freak you out).  So long as you still fit in those pants, you're all good. Then, you can exercise, put on some muscle, lose some fat, and know that you're the same size without the scale obsessiveness.

Original Post by appletwo:

I vote get rid of the scale! If you're happy with your size now (but want to be more toned), pick a pair of non-stretchy pants & shirt, and use those to measure (hopefully something you don't really wear; you don't want to wash them, because they'll shrink if you do, and freak you out).  So long as you still fit in those pants, you're all good. Then, you can exercise, put on some muscle, lose some fat, and know that you're the same size without the scale obsessiveness.

Ditto! Ditch the scale. Muscle weighs more than fat. Fortunately, being toned and muscular is much sexier than being too skinny. :) Make yourself happy without the scale.

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