Are You Gaining Fat or Muscle?!

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Whoops, it’s Tuesday. I’m at the beach with my family and the Monday email honestly slipped my mind! So here we are a day late, but let’s keep the ball rolling!

Many times when we see the scale go up, we get a little nervous.

Am I putting on fat? Am I gaining muscle? Water weight? Glycogen? Unless you’re an individual who’s already very lean, it can be pretty tough to tell.

Here’s a few rules to follow to help keep yourself in check and be sure you’re adding the tissue you want!

Keep Waist Measurements

Once per week, it’s a great idea to take your waist measurement. Ideally in the morning and the same day of the week. This helps ensure you’re not adding adipose tissue around your waist as the scale goes up!

Take Progress Photos

Once per week, first thing in the morning and with your camera set up in the same spot, a progress picture can be a great way to hold yourself accountable. I would also recommend using an app to create side-by-side pictures, that way you’re being as honest and accurate as possible!

Record Your Weights During Your Workouts

A bigger muscle is a stronger muscle, so if you’re finding the scale going up, you should be finding your strength going up too! This isn’t a perfect ratio and can be hard to judge if you were having an off day in the gym, but as a general rule of thumb, this is a good thing to keep in the back of your mind.

I hope these help, if you’re someone concerned with the scale going up, respond to this email and let’s talk about your habits and goals!

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