Help! My Scale is Stuck!

Scale Stuck on the Same Weight?

Things to keep in mind when you think you’ve done everything right. A pound of muscle is about 1/3 the size of a pound of fat, so from a density perspective, as you build muscle, it’s your

measurements that change the most.  Measure yourself with a measuring tape (it’s a fabric tape that can be found in the sewing dept. at Wal-Mart). Neck, Shoulders, Bicep, Chest, Waist, Hips, Thigh, and Calf.  Use the same side of your body for all of your measurements and do this once a month.

the scale isn't the only way to measure progress

a measuring tape can help you tell if your waist to hip ratio is improving

 

Gender Differences – What to Expect

For men, belly fat is usually the thing that will go. The scale might not move but over time, your belt notches will need to go tighter and tighter. Your chest, shoulders, and biceps measures should go up.  If you don’t actually have data points to measure against, you cannot see your own progress. Keep good notes.

For the ladies, I’ve found that as painful as it is to do, a food journal is key, especially in the beginning. You must be honest with yourself. Write it down, the good, bad, and the ugly. If you don’t keep a journal and decide to hire a coach, they will start you with a journal so do it from the beginning.

Other factors you also might want to consider:

  • Are you getting enough sleep? this is crucial to control the release of cortisol
  • Are you mindlessly snacking in front of the TV or computer?
  • Is your water intake high enough?
  • Is portion creep coming in to play?

Your hands are a great visual measuring tool

A palm size portion of protein about the thickness of a deck of cards is usually about 4 oz.  The average balled up fist is a portion of complex carbs like potato, or rice, and the other fist is veggies, like greens, broccoli, etc.

the scale may not show belly fat decreasing if muscle is increasing

Belly fat is the first to go in men but adding muscle makes weight loss less visible on the scale

If you find you’re not making progress don’t change everything.

  • Make only one small change at a time so you can dial in what works for you. I have found that eating small meals throughout the day keeps me from getting too hungry at any given point.
  • Eat for your specific goals. If you are eating to build muscle and your wife or significant other is eating to lose fat, your meals will differ.

Honesty and Patience

  • Be HONEST with yourself about whether you are truly doing everything right.
  • Be patient.

All else fails

Hire a coach. Sometimes you just have to get out of your own way and let someone else tell you what to do.

About the author

I’m Michelle Simpson of Garagegym107, LLC. Precision Nutrition Level 2 Coach and formerly obese human with a heart of gold and a knack for straight talk. Having worked my way from 328 pounds down to 165 give or take, I am familiar with the challenges that come up. I'm motivated by sharing a strong love of fitness, weight loss, and motivation to help other women realize that they're never too old to reach for amazing!

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