However you want to say it:
Muscle weighs more than fat… (not really true)
Muscle is more dense than fat… (true)
Muscle takes up less space than fat… (also true)
Regardless, it’s not always a great feeling to have been working hard at eating better and exercising more, only to find that the numbers on the scale are going up instead of down.
On January 3, I weighed myself: 70Kg. That is still up from my best weight last year, by about 5Kg.
Today, I weighed myself: 71.3Kg.
In the past 6 weeks I have made a concerted effort to eat better (although that hasn’t always been successful), I’ve been going to TaeKwonDo every night that I haven’t been working, and despite being behind on my goal, I have run almost 50Kms.
So, out came the measuring tape…
From January 3 to today, these are the differences:
Waist (under rib cage): -1.5cm
Belly (at level of belly button): -2cm
Hips (at widest part): 0cm
Net change: -2cm
Overall, I gained 1.3kg (~3lbs) but lost at total of 2cm (~1in) from my body. With the exception of my bust (maybe this represents back muscles?) I gained cms where I carry mostly muscle, and I lost 88% of my cms around my abdomen. It seems to me that my increase in weight was most likely trading in fat for muscle.
I hope that’s the case anyway… Maybe I’m just trying to make myself feel better?