Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Mommy Makeover

April 14, 2010

The weighting game: how to truly measure weight loss

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Kokomo —

If the scale isn’t moving, but you’ve been consistent about nutrition and exercise, the difference could be an overall change in body composition — meaning less fat and more muscle on the body.

Some of our Mommy Makeover participants haven’t lost an enormous amount of weight — yet they have shed inches and continue to drop dress sizes.

“The scale only knows ‘weight,’” he said.

Other effective body measurements include body fat testing and Body Mass Index, although Land can’t say he’s heavily in favor of either.

Instead of looking at the scale as the end-all, be-all to weight loss, Land said a better choice is looking at how your body appears and how your clothes are fitting.

If you see someone you haven’t seen in a month, the response you’re looking for is something like “Wow, you’ve lost weight,” he said.

When you do get on the scale, however, a good rule of thumb is to be losing 1 to 2 pounds of weight per week, but the more you weigh, the faster the weight will come off — especially at the beginning.

If your weight loss has stalled, it’s time to look at your nutrition and your exercise. Your body could be adjusting to the routine — or, more likely, he said, you could be eating more than you realize.

Land said it can be hard to stay away from chronic weighing, but it’s far more beneficial to see and feel the results in your body than on the scale. And trust him — he knows about the waiting game with the scale.

“If anything, I’m worse than my female clients,” he said with a laugh.

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