For a lot of my clients, weight loss = a lower number on the scales.
For certain health conditions (obesity, heart disease and gout just to name a few), it is extremely beneficial to step on a scale and work on reducing that number into a healthy range.
However, for the majority of the clients I see in my clinic, I focus more on the centimeters I can see with my tape measure, rather than the number on the scales.
Weight loss in the dictionary is defined as “a decrease in body weight” – but this decrease could be a loss of muscle mass (which is not a good thing), fluid (usually a good thing, but is not actually a decrease in abdominal fat) or simply a lower number after having gone to the toilet.
Clients come to me all the time wanting their “pre-baby body back” or to look the way they once did, when they’d followed a certain fad diet and lost a lot of weight or were super thin once upon a time (“back in the day” usually means when they were 15 and just hit puberty). And I used to weigh these clients and talk about weight loss and how I could help them with it.
Until I discovered that some weeks the scales didn’t budge.
But when we took measurements, they had lost centimeters. And this, in my professional opinion, is what’s more important – because a decrease in centimeters around your waist and hips, means a decrease in subcutaneous fat, which results in you moving better and feeling healthier.
Instead of talking about weight loss, I’d rather talk about being healthy. I could talk for hours about ways to improve your health.
Especially if you’re a woman.
Trying to reclaim a body that “once was” is pretty impossible. Whether you’ve had a baby (which is a huge physical change to your body), or 20 years have passed since that moment of your “skinniest self” – your body has been through a lot over the years that will not allow you to get back to “what it once was”. Shifts in the way you’ve eaten over the years, changes to your hormone levels as you age and the environmental toxins around you are just some of the factors contributing to the way you look and feel today. I’m not telling you this to make you depressed, rather to encourage you to be realistic with yourself and hopefully inspire you to start making some changes to your health regime today, so that the “future you” will be healthier.
If you’d like to look at shifting some centimetres, I have some exciting news.
After a year and a half of focusing on my naturopathy clinic and online programs, I have recently started personal training sessions again – I’m running 6 week programs, with 2 sessions a week focused on whatever your specific goals and needs are. The sessions are in my clinic (and if it’s a nice day we can go out into the garden) – I’ve currently got 4 spots available. All the info is available here, if you’d like to have a chat, reply to this e-mail and I will give you a call.
To feeling fit and healthy, as well as losing centimetres,