When getting on the scale, most people get excited when the number goes down. But if you're training and gaining muscles, that's not the case.
A fitness expert and trainer from the Netherlands named Yola posted this before and after photo on Instagram two days ago. It showed her physical transformation, which is incredible, as well as the change in her weight.
3 years, 6 kilos and a new bikini. I was scrolling back in my phone and found this 'old' (non-flexed) picture. Weight is just a number.
In three years, she gained a lot of muscle in addition to 6 kilos, which is 13 pounds.
Look, if I got on the scale and realized I had gained 13 pounds (even if it was gradual), I might be a little shocked. This photo totally proves the point that we need to reframe how we think about the number on the scale.
Yola saw this increase of weight because she gained muscle. Muscle isn't heavier than fat, but it's denser. So when you gain a significant amount, you'll see increased weight, even if you lose fat.
In the photo on the left, Yola was already slim, but her muscles weren't nearly as visible. This is pretty common in the beginning of any fitness journey. Her shape became leaner, and her increase in weight only indicates her progress.
Also, let's note that Yola's transformation took three years! That's dedication. It just goes to show that consistency is key to getting a body like that.
Fact: Any number on a scale does not determine your value as a human being. It's simply a number.
But in terms of a transformation like Yola's, the number just backs up the changes we can physically see in her body. And I bet she feels amazing about her progress, regardless of the number.
If you're training and building muscle, don't freak out if you hop on the scale and the number is higher. It could mean your hard work is paying off.