Chances are you have heard this mentioned once or twice throughout your forays into the world of health and fitness. Instead of taking it as absolute, consider this “which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of lead?”.

The picture above highlights the culprit behind this common misconception, it’s a matter of density. A kg of fat and kg of muscle weigh the same, we get this now, however muscle is denser. This has caused many a raised eyebrow when the scales don’t reflect the landslide of weight we expect to lose after a solid 3 sessions in our new gym membership.

For the sake of your sanity, stop worshiping the scales. Why? Let’s look at the composition of the two contestants. Muscle tissue is around 70-80% water, while fat? A trailing 8-10%. Slogging your way through a tough workout boosts metabolism, resulting in an increase in the amount of body water we store.

This is our eureka moment.

As the fat drips off session by session and our muscles cling on to the newfound water level, we see our waistline slim down well before a drop in weight.  So give yourself a break and monitor what matters. Start by measuring your waist (1inch above belly button), and keep a record of the time and day the recording was taken, this helps regulate results around eating and sleeping.