(Closed) Healthy Doesn't Always Mean Skinny

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2755 posts
Sugar bee

It’s so true! According to my scale, I’ve “gained” weight in the past few weeks – but my clothes fit better, I feel better, and I am learning to run with the C25K program and building my endurance with that. If I was going by my scale, I’d be a disappointed mess because it says I’m not progressing.

There’s so much more to being healthy than the number on the scale, I wish more people realized that and just worked toward being healthy vs. working toward a random number or an arbitrary clothing size.

Post # 4
4284 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@ChellFish22:  Great advise! Another good thing to do is take measurements ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
2755 posts
Sugar bee

Yes, measurements are such a better indicator of progress than weight! Especially if you’re doing any kind of muscle building, you might not see weight loss but you will see reduction.

Post # 6
3783 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I love body pump an all those classes! I had a friend who started going to the gym but stopped when she stepped on a scale after a couple weeks and realize she had gained weight. It was obviously muscle, but it was enough of a deterrent for her that she stopped going! Ridiculous that we are super obsessed with that number!

Post # 8
2424 posts
Buzzing bee

Congrats on your getting fit! 

I’m in the same camp as you. I’ve been exercising about 5 times a week the past 4 weeks. I’m alternating running and circuit training through the Nike Training Club app. I don’t care what the scale says, I’m only focusing on getting fit and hopfully toning up. 

I view weight just as a I view age – just a number. I focus on how I look and how I feel. Someone can weigh one weight and look fantastic, while another person can weigh the same weight and look unhealthy. 

Good luck!

Post # 12
10601 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I agree with this!  Also, just because someone is unhealthy doesn’t mean that they don’t make good lifestyle choices.  That seems to be a big misconception as well.

Post # 13
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

And skinny doesn’t always mean healthy! 

It annoys me to no end about how much the fitness industry is geared toward weight loss.  It can be really harmful to women who don’t need to lose weight.  I have to be really careful when I work out to eat enough.  If I don’t, I stop getting my period. . . I didn’t realize this for years because if you are on the pill it masks it.  Yeah, that’s right.  That cellulite on my ass is necessary for fertility.

Post # 14
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ChellFish22:  Funny I just came across this because I was just in the gym and wondering why the hell I’ve GAINED weight after working out consistently for the last few weeks. I usually don’t gain weight when I start hitting the gym harder, but maybe it really is my body just going into shock before it gets rid of the extra fat. Ugh. My body is changing as I get older and it’s messing up my gym expectations! Thanks for posting ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

Culturally, we tend to focus only on a person’s weight, or primarily on a person’s weight, instead of other health gains. I’m clinically obese, but I’m at 31% body fat, cholesterol’s excellent (with total cholesterol under 150), blood pressure’s typically 110-115/70-75, blood sugar averages out at 70 mg/dl. It really ticks me off when doctors and society in general treat health like a “you are or you’re not” thing. It’s a sliding scale. And besides my weight being a risk factor for future health problems, I am in excellent health. I’m in much better health than many thin folks I know.

I think if we focused more on our health than how we look, we would be a healthier and possibly even thinner country.

Post # 16
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You’re making me miss all my Les Mills classes right now. I used to teach Body Flow and was planning to get certified in Pump before I moved and got pregnant near simultaneously. When I did training for Flow, I was so nervous that everyone would be thin and the trainer would look down on me for being overweight… what a silly thing to have worried about! She was great and the Les Mills people focus on health and safety, not appearance.

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