5 eggs, some veggies, a banana, a white potato, and a glass of oj. What does that have to do with anything? Absolutely nothing. That was what I just had for breakfast.
I am still trying to gain/maintain mass and size for my upcoming powerlifting meet that is less than 3 weeks away. This gives me a good excuse to check my weight regularly and as long as I can still see my sexilicious abs then I see nothing wrong with eating a few extra slices of pizza and every burrito in Mexico.
That is MY goal.
But many of my clients are on the opposite end of the spectrum and use exercise in order to lose weight and shed some body fat. I’m also pretty sure that many of my readers are in fat-loss mode and don’t like to hear about me consuming enough calories to feed a 3rd world country.
If you are trying to lose weight then one thing that is not going to help you very much is the scale. I have noticed that without even having them step on the scale, my clients can rattle off their weight faster than this white kid can rap:
I’m dead serious. What does the scale even measure?
When you think about it, each day you are not only weighing yourself but also all the water you drank that day, all the smoothies you drank, all the Chipotle, and all the quinoa. All those numbers really tell you is how hard gravity is pulling you that day. You know what they say about gravity: it’s a bitch.
You have all heard the story of Isaac Newton and the apple and how he stated his 4th Law of Motion or “gravitation”. See that Mrs. Powell, I did pay attention in 3rd grade science class. Gravity literally means heaviness or weight.
- Gravity always wins.
- Your weight does NOT make you out of shape.
Since we’re on the topic, BMI is a bitch as well because it tells me I’m overweight/obese. BMI is a good standard to potentially measure school-age children but nothing more.
A better method…
Before I get all emo on you and say it’s how you feel that really matters I am going to point you towards your body fat percentage. It is not the end-all-be-all of good health, but it is still a pretty good determinant for sure.
With today’s technology, there are many ways to go about getting your bodyfat measured but one of the easiest ways to track it is by using one of the bioelectrical impedance devices. Many box and commercial gyms seem to carry these and it would benefit you to learn how to use it.Although they are not as accurate as the calipers, it is still a good measure of where you are at in terms of your body fat. You should always have a baseline and like I have said many, many times before:
If you don’t know where you are starting and you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you have arrived?
What I do with many of my clients is take a measurement once a month and focus mainly on bodyfat percentage as well as how their clothes are fitting.
What I do with my clients is either monitor or have them monitor their body fat percentage once per month. What this does is show whether we are headed in the right direction. If there is no change, I obviously have to tweak their program and figure out where we are failing. This is the trick part because *wink*wink* it is usually NOT the exercise.
Ultimately, you are the only one who can say if your diet or training is failing.
In the long run, it is indeed how you FEEL that matters. If you have a solid training program and are getting stronger and improving your posture and core balance in the process then your are getting fit.
If you are enjoying the process and enjoying your training then believe it or not everything else will come natural. My best advice:
Love what you look like NOW. Love how you feel NOW. If you don’t, do something about it.