The other day, a member at my gym bumped into me after a workout. I asked her how her workouts were going. She said they were awesome, but she was frustrated with her weight "yo-yoing" all the time.
She said even though she works out hard and eats healthy meals, it all feels like a waste of time if she can't get her weight down. She mentioned she wanted to have a figure similar to a magazine model.
This concerned me. So I spent some extra time talking with her and explaining how she is right on track with good health. I also emphasized that our weight doesn't tell any of us how healthy we are.
Our weight is merely a number that represents a body's relative mass. It doesn't measure health like other factors such as overall body fat, blood pressure and resting heart rate. A thin, 110-pound model and a 600-pound woman can both be diagnosed with diabetes if they both have unhealthy lifestyles.
I know training hard in the gym everyday and substituting veggies for fries at lunch without seeing results on the scale can be hard. But believe it or not, your quality of life is improving. You are still building strong muscles, decreasing fat and improving cardiovascular function.
Sure, most of us have an ideal size and shape that we want to be. That's completely normal. But it's important to focus on your health first and your body will gradually undergo physical changes.
That beach body you've always wanted is a possibility and is right around the corner if you focus on healthy eating and exercise. Don't get frustrated with the number on the scale. Consult with a local fitness trainer and nutritional specialist to aid in your efforts!