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11/9/12 10:24 A

It is so important to not be married to your scale. Your weight will fluctuate throughout the day and day to day.
Pay attention to how you feel and the inches are important as well.
The scale is not all it is cracked up to be!

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11/9/12 3:22 A

i was getting a bit down hearted too cos my weight wasnt going down much but all my clothes were getting looser and ive lost loads of inches very strange :)

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11/8/12 7:01 P

If you want to see a visual of the difference between muscle and fat, try

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11/8/12 3:33 P

It helps to read this! About three weeks ago I got serious about exercise and have walked increasing distances every day, up to about 3 miles a day..... my weight loss has been very slow... but I see muscles appearing in my legs. I bought a new pair of jeans this weekend in the size I'd been wearing. ... it was at Costco so I couldn't try them on.. but they're WAY too big! And today I ran my hand over my rear end.. and felt muscle, not flab!

So the number on the scale is only part of the picture!

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11/8/12 1:39 P

I had someone give me a visual once that helped me with this same type of situation...

A pound of fat and a pound of muscle weight the same (1 pound) but the space taken up by each is very different. Think of the space required for a pound of cotton balls compared to a pound of steak!

I prefer to use how my clothes fit vs. the scale anyway, but it was interesting to think of it that way.

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11/7/12 7:39 P

muscle weighs more than fat.

11/7/12 7:25 P

Thanks everyone! Now I'm educated. :)

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11/7/12 12:11 A

Adding muscle mass is a slow process at the best of times, and very difficult to do when you are running a calorie deficit to lose weight.

However, when you start/increase an exercise program, it is a common response for your muscles to retain water (for the glycogen reasons in Coach Nancy's post). While it isn't muscle mass in the sense of the red fibery stuff, it is lean mass. This increase in your lean mass can lead to little or no change in the scale, even as you are burning fat.

However, muscle and water are considerably denser than fat, so as if you are losing fat, this will typically show up as lost inches, even if the scale is being unco-operative. In fact, the tape is a much more reliable way of tracking your progress, rather than the scale.


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11/6/12 8:24 P

When I eat 2500 cals per day, burn 700 by running at a high incline, I lose inches not weight. Waist went from 28 to 26.

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11/6/12 7:19 P


Your weight is not a static number, therefore it is not uncommon to see a shift of 7 pounds in the course of a single day due to dietary changes, workouts, hydration and even hormones. We cannot take a single weigh in and base your success/failure on this one reading. Our weight is based on trending (your weight over a period of time) and while yes, you may see some lean body mass growth, know too that when you are exercising your body needs more glycogen (stored carbs in the muscles and liver) to support your workouts, which causes your body to hang onto more water to help aid in the cooling off process and energy production. This could be just a shift in fluids along with some muscle growth.

Coach Nancy

11/6/12 7:13 P

Is it because muscle mass is built? I'm confused.

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