The scale, the belt, the mirror, or the measured workout?

When I’m home, I weigh myself every day.  However, I traveled much of the last 2 months.  I stayed active, but did not get in the gym for as much resistance/weight training (focused on core and legs, in my case) during that time.

When I returned home, my weight had not changed.  But my pants were slightly tighter.  When I went to the gym, I had lost just a little bit on my core resistance exercises.  All of which leads me to think that I gained a little fat and lost a little muscle, with the scale staying the same.

Some folks fear the scale, and think it will demoralize them if they gain a few lbs.  I want to KNOW if I’ve gained – and be able to nip it in the bud.  Now that I’m back into a more normal routine, I’m back to resistance training and HIIT (high intensity interval training) on the treadmill.  I figure it’ll take a month to make up for the ground I lost in 2 months.


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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