“Over the years, my weight has fluctuated many times as a result of each yo-yo diet. I would focus on the number on the scale, and get easily discouraged if I didn’t see that number go down as fast as I wanted it to, despite my hardest efforts. When I went to a typical gym, I usually stuck to the cardio machines, which I have now learned was probably wreaking havoc on my metabolism and body composition. After getting accustomed to CrossFit workouts, and lifting heavier weights, I did an InBody scan to get my baseline. I also discussed my current diet, and had my Macros calculated based on my InBody results. As a vegetarian, I was worried about not getting enough protein, so had set MyFitnessPal to a percentage based off of an article I had read. To screw it up even more, I was walking around with a FitBit that was over-adjusting my calories. My Macros and calories were completely out of whack until Marcela provided me with new numbers.
It took a couple weeks to get accustomed to the new Macro numbers. By logging literally everything, I was able to come up with some easy go-to meals and snacks that I could rely on to help me reach my daily goals, even when I had no time to cook. About month and a half in, I had gained a few pounds according to my scale, and after three months the bathroom scale said I had only lost 1 pound. However, I was starting to get compliments from friends and family, so I knew there had to be something going on that my home scale wasn’t telling me.
At my second InBody scan, I found out that over the past three months I had in fact lost 5 pounds of pure fat, I was better hydrated, had gained 2.6 pounds of muscle, and had increased my resting metabolic rate by about 50 calories! The bathroom scale said I had only lost 1 pound in three months which would normally have completely frustrated me. Right when I was starting to lose motivation, I received all the motivation I needed to keep on going and stick to my plan.
I can’t wait for my next scan, because I know that if I stick to my plan and goals, the results will come. Knowing that I have an InBody scan on the horizon helps me stay accountable even when I don’t feel like logging what I ate. The machine doesn’t lie, so I know the choices I make today will show in the results. If you are trying to change your body, you need to get a scan periodically to track your progress and keep yourself motivated. Getting the right Macro numbers, and doing these scans has given me a completely different perspective about my body and how I manage my nutrition.”