Your scale isn’t telling you everything

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For a lot of people, the scale is the primary way of measuring and logging not just their weight but their overall health. Seeing the number go down after a successful string of workouts and eating well can be a profoundly beneficial and motivating part of achieving a healthy lifestyle. That said, becoming healthy can lead to some unexpected results, such as the number on the scale not going down despite your best efforts. In fact, your current weight doesn’t provide all the information and context you need to understand how healthy you are. The reality is that your weight isn’t your complete health.

Skipping the big picture for one detail

When you first start committing to living a healthy lifestyle, losing weight likely ranks at or near the top of the list. That said, paying too much attention can be a bad thing. Slimming down in the beginning appears commensurate to being healthy. The truth is that once you are healthy, the slimming down often slows or stops. No single health measurement, not even BMI, is without a couple downsides.

Should you find it more and more difficult to shed pounds, it could actually be a cause for celebration not worry. There are more than a couple reasons why reaching a “weight plateau” can be good news:

  • You’ve been losing fat but gaining muscle: A certain amount of fat is an absolute requirement for a healthy body. In fact, all fat isn’t made the same. There is a good kind, which our bodies produce as a result of healthy living. So, no, you don’t to lose all your fat anyway, just the excess fat (which you may have just finished doing). Plus, everybody needs muscle, especially as we age. Gaining more muscle is not the same as bulking up. We aren’t meant to be only skin and bones.
  • Your weight fluctuates naturally: This speaks more towards fretting over slight variations from measuring yourself every day. First off, you only need to check the scale a few times a week. Second, your body is not a machine, it’s an extremely complex network of interconnected systems influenced by physical and mental factors that can play a role in why a mystery pound might appear.
  • You’re not pushing yourself hard enough: If you can’t seem to shed pounds, but don’t feel healthy yet, it could be because you need to refine your exercises a bit. If things start getting too easy during your workout, it’s sign that you’re improving as well as that you need to increase the resistance (or begin to include strength training) to progress. The Olumia Life Fitness plan is a perfect way to ensure you’re sticking to the proper exercise intensity for your level.

Other ways to measure your health

Getting bogged down in numbers can end up distracting you from the real reason good health is so good, i.e., it can improve the quality of your life. When our bodies are stronger, for example, we are better able to manage stress. Good health doesn’t mean a stress-free life, but it does bolster our ability to cope with it. In fact, exercise and sleeping well are great ways to relieve stress.

Going about your daily routine should become less of a drain than before. Whether this means you no longer get winded taking the stairs or you can now run around your neighborhood without stopping, it’s a great idea to track improvement with real-world measurements. It helps connect you with the improvements in your health. Speaking of measurements, getting healthy often means your clothes will fit you more comfortably. It always feel good to realize your curves are where you want them, and that’s something you don’t need a scale to enjoy.

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