This is why it’s important to not focus on just the number on the scale!
Image credit: Kinisha Sue Blevins
Anyone who is trying to lose weight will be able to relate to this.
That frustrating period of time where even though we feel like we are losing weight and looking better, the scale just does not move.
You may be watching your calories and carbs, eating enough protein, exercising regularly and doing all of the other things known to support weight loss, yet the scale won’t budge.
This problem is actually fairly common and can be extremely frustrating.
Well Kinisha Sue Blevins, who is the Owner/Certified Health Coach at Healing Hope, shared an image that has gained a lot of traction.
It shows two apples and a pile of marshmallows along with the following text:
"For those of you who wonder “how can I be losing inches but not much weight...read this! 🤔
You’ve probably heard that "muscle weighs more than fat" however, A pound is a pound, as you see in the photo.... this should help you better understand why a photo can show results when the scales do not move.
Think about a pound of marshmallows (fat) vs. a pound of apples (muscle). Both weigh the same, yet carrying around a pound of marshmallows is going to take up A LOT more 'room' than carrying around a pound of apples.😲
💪🏻Since a pound of muscle is smaller in size than a pound of fat (fat takes up approximately 4x the space of muscle tissue) it's very possible to LOOK and FEEL slimmer even if your weight remains the same!!!! 🙌
This is why it’s important to not focus on just the number on the scale!"
To me this serves as great advice! This confused me for the longest time, when I first started my weight loss journey. I think this simple image perfectly illustrates why you can feel better about yourself without seeing the scale budge.
Another image I found particularly interesting was this one. When my 'monthly friend' comes to visit I always gain weight. While I'm sure some of that is water retention, I had never considered this or seen a visual aid.
"I wanted to share this image with you. In my hand are life sized replicas of a non-menstruating uterus and a menstruating uterus.
Can you get over the difference in size???!!!
This is why we feel so heavy at the beginning of our bleed. Why it can feel like our uterus is about to drop out and hit the pavement (or is that just me?). And why we need to take things slooooooow.
Many grateful thanks to Jacintha of the Jocelyn Centre in Sydney for this fabulous visual aid"
Quite a difference isn't it?
I hope you found these as interesting as I have.