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Use the Mirror - Not the Weight Scale


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Use the Mirror - Not the Weight Scale


Many bodybuilders, fitness athletes, and individuals looking to lose weight rely too much on the weight scale and not enough on the mirror to gauge their progress. Often they will look at themselves and decide that a set number of pounds will be the ideal amount to gain or lose. For example, a bodybuilder who is 160 pounds may want to get his bodyweight up to 180 pounds before he feels he has achieved his goals. But tell me - what is 20 pounds if it is nothing more than 20 pounds of fat? That's right - not an awful lot!

That said - use the mirror as a guide to gauge your progress - not the weight scale! The mirror will better show you how your diet is affecting your body composition than the weight scale. The weight scale will just give you a number. Where 20 pounds is 20 pounds regardless of whether you are gaining or losing fat or muscle. With the mirror, you will know when to cut back on certain foods in your diet (if you feel you are gaining fat weight too quickly), when to add foods in your diet (if you are looking flat, this may be a signal to increase certain foods in your diet), and most importantly, when you have achieved your goals.

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