Comments by Lisa Hudson regarding recent article on INDYSTAR.com, “Vital Statistics: Women play weighting game in different ways” ~by Barb Berggoetz.
I’ve been in the fitness industry long enough not to be surprised by the statistics listed in this article. The percentage I was relieved to see, however, was that 65% of women say the size they wear is more important to them than the number on the scale. Too many women get fixated on the scale weight, instead of giving themselves an accurate assessment of how they look in the mirror, and how their clothes are fitting.
If your clothes are tighter, you are probably putting on the wrong type of weight (fat instead of muscle). Scale weight is important, however, if you haven’t exercised regularly in 10 years, your composition has changed dramatically. Muscle has atrophied, while fat has been added keeping the scale weight the same, but dramatically changing the way you look and feel in your clothing.
As women new to exercise begin their exercise and weight loss program, they are often too consumed with how slowly the weight measurement on the scale is decreasing. While the weight should be decreasing steadily, it rarely comes off as fast as we would like. We have to remember to be patient and stick with a program we can live with.
If you have trouble holding yourself accountable to do your exercise routine, join one of our Strength and Conditioning Classes or hire a personal trainer for a while until exercise becomes more routine. If sticking to a diet is more difficult for you, join our Slim Down program, or meet with one of our nutrition consultants. They will keep you on track, and give you great advice!