A lot of people make the mistake of correlating thinness with health. A skinny person could eat three cheeseburgers a day, but as long as their metabolism allows them to stay skinny, no one would ever accuse them of being unhealthy.
Yesterday, one woman on Instagram reminded us that the number on the scale doesn’t tell the whole story of health.
Kelsey Wells, a fitness blogger, posted on Instagram about trying to lose weight postpartum. She decided her goal was to hit 122 pounds, but said that she’s now healthier at 140 pounds. “Thank goodness I finally learned to start measuring my progress by things that matter—strength, ability, endurance, health, and HAPPINESS,” she writes.
Anyone who has looked even a little bit into nutrition and fitness knows that muscle weighs more than fat by volume, so it’s no surprise that if you start replacing fat with muscle, the number on the scale might go up.
More and more people are looking to move the conversation about body image to one of strength and happiness rather than one based on scale numbers, which is certainly encouraging. However, it could also be that our unattainable beauty goals are just shifting. Obsession with scale numbers can easily be replaced by obsession with muscle mass.
What “happiness” and “health” look like is different for everyone. Certainly, plenty of people will build muscle and endurance and never look anything like Wells’ size 0.
H/T Scary Mommy