Not all kilograms are equal. What takes up more space inside your body: one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of muscle or one kilogram of fat?
The fat takes up more room. Muscle is much denser and more compact than fat so you can pack more of it into the same space. What this means is that if you were carrying more fat than your body needed, and you substituted the excess fat for muscle, you would look slimmer and drop several sizes in clothes but you’d weigh more! And you’d be fitter and healthier. This is what strength training can achieve. Have you ever heard someone say the following?
‘I started going to the gym and I could see I was getting stronger. I also noticed I had more energy and stamina throughout the day. But when I stepped on the scales I hadn’t lost any weight. I was so disappointed.’
How can someone be disappointed about feeling better and improving their health? Oh that’s right — the number on the bathroom scales hasn’t moved.
Numbers on scales can be very misleading. Bathroom scales that merely tell you how much you weigh do not tell you what you need to know. They don’t tell you anything about your health or the direction in which your health is going. They don’t tell you about your shape or your clothing size. They certainly don’t tell you anything about your value as a human being.Continue Reading