If your clothes are fitting better in the desired areas, you’re looking visibly leaner, and you’re getting stronger, guess what? That’s progress. Vastly more meaningful, if you ask me.
Make no mistake, the scale is still valuable IF you’re able to look at it objectively—because there are instances where you’re on the money majority of the week then you let yourself go on the weekends. But, by and large, putting too much stock into what it says can make you out of sorts, and in extreme cases, it can certainly stymie your momentum.
Day-to-day fluctuations are normal. What you need to realize is there are multiple drivers that can influence those abrupt changes in weight, and rarely is it indicative of body fat gain. That only becomes a fact if you’ve been habitually eating (and drinking) in such a manner that’s not conducive to weight loss.
Taking ownership of your health
Getting people leaner and stronger, but most of all, educating them on how to do it the right way based on their needs and preference has been my professional wheelhouse for seven years.
And interestingly, this particular realization came to me bit by bit: the ones that continue to struggle with their health and fitness goals are typically folks that are very good at rationalizing lousy habits.
I understand some of you will roll your eyes because you legitimately are in less-than-ideal circumstances, which prohibits you from making any sort of commitment. That said, if you ask anybody who’s made dramatic changes in their health and appearance, no doubt they had to compromise. Surely, they experienced setbacks along the way as well. This isn’t an angle or some ploy to shame you into adopting an entirely different lifestyle. The point here is, sometimes you have to take it for what it is, and at the very least, do the bare minimum.