This Fitness Blogger Is Making an Important Point About How We Measure Weight Loss Success
Don't obsess over the number you see on the scale. Seriously.
Fitness blogger Adrienne Osuna has spent months working hard in the kitchen and at the gym-something that's definitely paying off. The changes to her body are noticeable and she recently showed them off in two side-by-side photos of herself on Instagram. She shares that although her figure has been gradually transforming, her weight hasn't budged much. In fact, she's only lost two pounds. (Related: This Fitness Blogger Proves Weight Is Just a Number)
In her post, which now has more than 11,000 likes, Adrienne shares that she "lost fat and gained muscle through heavy lifting" and that even though she's received plenty of positive feedback about her shrinking size, weight itself had nothing to do with her progress or how her body has changed. "The scale is only a number, it doesn't determine if weight is fat or muscle," she said alongside pictures of herself weighing 180 and 182 pounds respectively. (Here's why health and fitness really trump body weight.)
In fact, the mom of four explained in another post how her two-pound weight difference has taken her from a size 16 to a size 10. While that might come as a shock, when trying to lose weight, it's easy to forget that muscle is more dense than fat. Translation: If you're building strength, don't be surprised if the scale isn't budging or doesn't change as much as you'd hoped.Adrienne's post is clear proof of just how insignificant weight can be when it comes to health and body image-and a reminder that it's much more important to be proud of your progress than to be hung up about silly numbers on a scale.