While many of us think that weighing less or being thin is better, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthy. Some of us even depend on the numbers on the weighing scale to tell us if we’re healthy or not and the lesser the number, the better. However, that’s not really the case!
Just recently, a fitness blogger named Kelsey Wells posted 3 side-by-side pictures of herself to prove to people that how much you weight doesn’t actually reflect how healthy you are. In fact, she even included a very long caption with the photos about why people should “SCREW THE SCALE”.
Just like many of us, Kelsey used to rely on the numbers on the machine to validate her self-image. That was until she started working out and realizing that it was her progress throughout getting fit that mattered and not how much weight she lost. She also discovered that instead of losing weight, she gained 18 pounds instead and went up 2 pant sizes!
The before and after photos of her definitely proves that skinny and weighing less doesn’t necessarily mean we’re healthy. She no doubt, looks better in the last photo too—Fit, healthy and actually weighing more! A simple explanation to it is that muscles also play a role in body composition. In order to have more muscle, fat is needed to fuel you during the process just like carbohydrates do. Though fat cannot be converted into
In order to have more muscle, fat is needed to fuel you during the process just like carbohydrates do. Though fat cannot be converted into muscle (it’s just a myth), having the endurance to work your muscles and build them does shed the fat away.
So you see, the perception that most of us have about weighing less equals to being healthy is a complete lie. Instead of setting an unrealistic goal for yourself like being a size 2 or weighing only 45kg which at the end of the day might only put your health at risk (and not to mention, really harm your self-esteem), take it a day at a time to get into shape.
Kelsey’s advice to everyone who is struggling like she had: “I finally learned to start measuring my progress by things that matter — strength, ability, endurance, health, and HAPPINESS. Take progress photos and videos. Record how many push-ups you can do, etc.”
So guys, it’s time we screw the scale if we really want to start making a difference in our health both physically and mentally!
This article was first published on Goodyfeed.com