No Weight Loss Doesn’t Equal Failure
I have seen hundreds of people come to Coastal Bodies in the last 3 and half years because they want to lose weight. We have a great track record of success with our exercise programs and weight loss. However, weight loss doesn’t always occur with clients yet they revolutionise their bodies and health. Does this make the program or process a failure?
The answer is an overwhelming NO! However, I see too many clients attach too much importance to the figures on the scales. So much so that I wrote the article ‘A Weighty Issue’ in 2010 about the limitations of just using weight as a measure for body composition. This article can be found at http://www.coastalbodies.com.au/category/blog/.
It kills me to see clients working their butts off in the studio and being incredibly disciplined with their diet and then to have them shattered because the scales said they hadn’t lost weight. I am a big believer in goals and having big aims when it comes to changing your body composition. However, big weight loss goals can be dangerous because there will inevitably be plateaus and there are limitations of solely using weight when measuring your body composition. The limitations can be seen below:
If this female just used weight as a measure then she would be very disappointed….. However, her change in body shape is remarkable and her exercise and nutrition program have decreased her body fat % and girths (hips, waist, thighs and arms) significantly.
So what should we do??? If you want to change your body composition then make sure you are measuring it through many different forms:
- Body Fat %
- Clothes – How do they feel, belt size etc
You will get a far more accurate picture of how you are travelling and the success of your program. Most importantly you won’t get disheartened if you don’t lose weight and have the temptation to quit. Quite often you will lose cm’s and body fat and the scales won’t move.
New Mothers Group
We are very excited to announce that we have a new Mother’s Group starting on March 14th at 11 am. There are 5 places available and Babysitting is included. The classes will be run by our Pilates instructor and Personal Trainer Rebecca Ronanyne.
New Beginners Kettlebell Class
We have a new 4 week beginner’s class starting April 4th. We have 3 places left. The class will be on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm and will be run by Level 2 instructor and national kettlebell presenter Boris Bojanovic.
Congratulations to Lauren Macauley on winning our February Facebook competition! She has won 3 free sessions for joining our page.
We have a new competition in March where you will be in the draw to win a Training Package worth $150 if you post a photo of healthy meal or a recipe of a healthy meal. Our Facebook address is www.facebook.com/coastalbodies
Not so much of a gift for this edition but rather a hot tip…. There is a free application called ‘My Fitness Pal’. It is an amazing food diary that calculates your recommended calories, calorie input and expenditure. It also breaks down your macronutrients. I highly recommend it as you will become so much more aware of the nutritional intake of your diet.