Good morning to you all. This is your truly, Patrick Ocheni coming to you with another Q & A.
So, what is today’s question? When I work out, why does this scale say that I’m gaining weight?
The first thing I want to know, how long have you been working out? Because, it is possible if you’ve been working out long enough and if you lift heavy, heavy weights that you do weigh more than you did before you started working out.
You have to remember that muscle occupies less space, but it has a higher density than fat.
What does that mean?
That means that, in essence, it weighs more than fat.
With that being said, If your goal is to lose weight, we want to make sure that you are gaining the right kind of weight– you do not want to deceive yourself.
A great way that I recommend to my clients to determine whether or not they are gaining the right kind of weight is to look at your inches.
Let’s say on day one you started working out and your waist size is 30 inches, and your weight is a hundred and fifty pounds.
On day ninety let’s say now your new waist size is 24 inches, okay, your new weight is a hundred and fifty five pounds.
Yes, you’ve gained weight in this scenario but your inches have gone down. That is a huge, huge indicator that the weight you gained is the right kind of weight. So in this case, you have increased your muscle mass.
The beauty about increasing muscle mass and the exciting thing about gaining muscle is muscle occupies less space, which is why your waist size has gone from 30 inches to 24 inches even though your weight has gone up.
So, the thing I would like for you to focus on is not on how much weight is showing up on the scale, but rather how your inches are measuring. If your inches are going down, it’s a strong indicator that you are losing body fat.
If on the other hand, your body fat has gone up, how do you reverse that?
The best way to reverse that is to look at what you’re eating; you’re eating more calories than you are burning, essentially.
In that scenario, we’ll have to look at what does your nutrition plan look like? You want to make sure you’re eating the right kind of food to support your training.
At the end of the day, what you should be focused on is, well, am I clothes fitting better?
I hope that makes sense.