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.

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Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com 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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