Friday, February 22, 2008

Throw Away the Bathroom Scale - Part 2

There seems to be a fear with bathroom scales, as I wrote about HERE, so I just wanted to add this to that post to help end this obsession with the reading on the bathroom scale HAVING to go down.

Alwyn Cosgrove, a world renowned fat loss expert and author of Afterburn, gave this interesting scenario (thanks to Chris Shugart) which I believe appropriately shows why we want to avoid be ingso fixated on the bathroom scale going down.

If we had a magic fat loss machine -- that you stepped in and pushed a button and you came out looking EXACTLY how you've always dreamed of looking and feeling - the exact dress or pant size you wanted, with the definition and muscle tone you want, at the bodyfat percentage you want, you can see your abs (if that's what you want), etc etc.

Would you be interested? Of course you would!!

But what if the side effect of the fat loss machine is that it increased bone density and muscle density by 100%. So while you looked and felt better than you've ever felt before -- the scale is 50lbs higher than it's ever been. So for example a 150lb-er would come out looking amazing, but weighing 200lbs...

Would that number on the scale make you not want the other results?

Now what if the machine did the reverse - you look exactly the same as you always have, but you'd weigh 50lbs less? Would you be happy with that? Probably not right?

I posted this picture quite a long time ago and used it in a recent seminar of mine as I believe its a good visual of the difference between body fat and muscle of the same weight.

At the top is 5-pounds of fat compared to 5-pounds of muscle below.

As you can see there is a huge difference.

So essentially if you were to add 10 pounds of muscle and lose 10 pounds of fat you'd look like you lost at least 20 pounds! But in this case the scale wouldn't move, but again does that really matter?


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