Fat vs Muscle

Eat less, exercise more.  Don’t eat carbs, do eat carbs. High protein diets help you lose weight. Don’t eat sweets, breads, or starches.  You could lose weight if you just did these things.  Take Alli, phentermine, acai berry, drink this shake, or take this supplement.  Think yourself thin, meditate yourself lean, and stretch yourself slender.

Have any of these really worked for you?  Maybe some do, short term, but not every time.

Losing weight, or maintaining a healthy body weight, is a challenge for most of us.  For those lucky minority, it isn’t an issue, but for the majority of obese America, it is a challenge.  One would have to have been living in a cave in Antarctica not to be reasonably educated about the things we should and shouldn’t eat, and how much exercise we need.   If we eat more calories per day than we burn off, we gain weight.  Calories in, energy out.  It’s called the Energy Balance Equation. 

It should be so simple as eating right, exercising regularly, getting enough rest, and de-stressing.  But the reality is that it isn’t a simple thing at all.  The body is a complex machine.  Not all machines are alike.  Like cars, each body is built differently.  We all the have the same basic components, but let one or more of these get out of kilter, and the machine doesn’t function to it’s potential.

Medications, blood glucose, various auto-immune illnesses, stress, menopause, hormonal changes, lack of rest, all impact our metabolism.  Imbalances in our endocrine system can play havoc with our weight, too.

We need to educate ourselves regarding these overweight issues.  It isn’t a matter of whether or not someone has will power, as to whether they can get lean and mean.  It isn’t always as simple as diet and exercise.  Certainly eating right, exercising, and getting enough rest are compononents to being healthy, but these are not an automatic, punched ticket to slimming down.  Fit isn’t a size! 

If you have done everything you know to slim down, and are discouraged because noting is budging, make an appointment with your doctor for a physical.  Do research about any medications you are taking regarding the side effects.  If you can get to the cause, you and your doctor can work together for the solution.

I would much rather have the 5 lbs of lean muscle (it’s smaller), than the 5 lbs of fat, wouldn’t you? 

Don’t get discouraged, if you find the scale isn’t going down.  Know that there is a reason, and don’t stop until you find out what it is.

3 thoughts on “Fitness Isn’t A Size

  1. My weight has been a lifelong struggle. I never was really fat but there were many times I could lose twenty or so pounds. One of the greatest gifts I’ve ever given myself is freedom from the scale. Even when I go to the doctor and get weighed, I now turn around so as not to see the number. I use my clothes as a way to measure my size and, when the waistbands start feeling especially tight, I try to cut back. So, I’m with you– let’s go with the 5 pounds of muscle weight, it’s smaller and a whole lot fitter!

  2. Pam,

    This is such a good article because the majority of people—especially women—are hung up on a “size.” I know women who are a size 6 and very unhealthy. I also know women who weigh 160 plus and enjoy a very active, healthy lifestyle. I believe it’s not what size you are but how well you “”fit into” your healthy lifestyle habits.

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