muscle vs. fat on the scale

  • I've always been a weight scale person, if the scale showed me at a desirable weight I was happy. Now I am exercising, both cardio and weights, and I always thought okay, exercising on top of watching what I eat means lower numbers on the scale. Thats not the case, and although I know muscle weighs more than fat, its not like I'm doing major weightlifting, just enough to tone, does this still make us weigh more. I'm a bit confused.
  • It has more to do with mass than with weight...

    Muscle tissue is more dense than fat tissue.. So pound for pound it takes up less space.

    A pound of muscle tissue takes up less room than a pound of fat tissue does.. ( in your clothes, on your body and in the world in general...)

    Soooo...

    You can loose inches.. but not pounds. YOur cloths can get looser, but your weight can get higher...

    Start measuring yourself with a tape measure. Bust, waist, hips, abdomen, upper arms, thighs, calves, lower arms, even neck and ankles.. whatever areas you'd like to track.

    But don't weigh youreslf more than once a week ... and measure yourself once a month.

    You'll be amazed...

    Val
  • thanks Val, you sound like you've tried this, I will too.
    DB
  • I just took my measurements on Sunday morning and just today told dh he needs to hide the scale from me so that I only do weigh myself once a week! I will remeasure a month and one day from Sunday as in exactly a month it will be mothers day and just in case I dont lose any inches I dont want to be mad or sad that day!!lol
    I have lots of leftover baby fat to lose, mostly from my first one! After 6 weeks I am only up 8 lbs from when I got pregnant this time but lots more from the first! Now if only I could find time to excersise in the morning before everyone is up but thats hard because I am nursing let me tell you cant work out when your full of milk! Hey do you think I could subtract a few lbs off from that?
    I did do part of an excersize video but I had 2 little ones running around trying to work out with me! lol They were cute but I couldnt concentrate very well!
    Leighann