Ask L.K. – Because life can get a little messy
By L.K. ELLIOTT, Connect Columnist
I am feeling so discouraged: I have been exercising for two weeks straight and my diet has been good (it can definitely be better, but I am happy to say it’s been pretty clean). Today, I stepped on the scale and I am up two pounds. I know people say throw the scale away, and maybe I should? I feel so discouraged because I think I am doing everything right and instead of losing I am gaining weight. Can you give me any advice?
Ah yes, the Great Weight Debate: I’ve been there. Your weight is nothing, but the Earth’s force of gravity against your body. So really, it’s irrelevant to your body’s transformation. Accountability is important, but that doesn’t have to be tracked through your body weight. There are many other ways to track your progress.
I’ve always been an advocate for tracking things like how your clothes are fitting, how healthy you’re feeling and body fat per cent. A number on a scale cannot define your success, as it can be affected by so many things in your day. You’re setting yourself up to “lose”. Lose momentum, inspiration and probably your mind on this journey to wellness.
Is it not possible that you are losing fat and gaining muscle simultaneously? Could that not account for the numbers on your scale going up? You bet. Ditch the scale if it’s going to bring the potential for disappointment.
If you’re looking for physical results, you must know: it’s all in the diet. I would say at least 80 per cent of your results will come from eating a consistent, clean diet consisting of lean protein, whole grains and lots of vegetables. Keep it simple, burning fat requires one thing: that you burn more calories than you consume. Calories in versus calories out. That’s it.
Here’s a few tips to get you started in the right direction:
• Try a macronutrient calculator online to help you determine a starting point for how many calories you need to eat in a day (www. http://iifym.com/iifym-calculator/) and start tracking your caloric intake.
• Take an athletic DNA test that literally gives you the manual for your specific body’s needs. The DNA “spit kit” is mailed to your door and the results are really interesting and make it easy to create a perfect plan to your individual needs. It’s the best $100 investment you’ll make in your fitness journey: check it out at www.fitnessgenes.com
• Stay positive and patient in this transformation, for it is just as taxing mentally as it is physically. Willpower is like a muscle of its own, and it may start out like a wet noodle, but it will eventually gain strength the more you use it.
• Don’t expect perfection or overnight results. Results will come when they are earned and not a moment sooner.
• Also check out these blogs on my website about motivation and positivity on your fitness journey:
L.K. Elliott is a local fitness guru turned self-help author. Send questions to L.K. on Twitter: @lkelliott_
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