Why Female Weight Gain Can be a Good Thing
Leanness equals happiness, right? Losing that last five pounds is hugely important to your physical and emotional well-being. You think to yourself, “If I lose those last few pounds, I’ll truly be happy…”
As satirical as this sounds, which it is, this is the kind of self talk we hear all the time. We think if we meet our goal weight, we will all of a sudden feel those feelings of happiness that have alluded us for so long. It doesn’t have to be like this. There is nothing wrong with having a fitness goal. However, it is more important to feel confident and comfortable in the skin you are in. In fact, gaining weight can have more positive effects on your health than losing weight.
The “Perfect Body”
Now, more than ever, we are bombarded with what the “perfect” body should look like. I don’t know who set that standard, but all women are built differently and beautifully. You could put two women side-by-side who weigh the same, and they could look completely different from one another. A trend I’m really loving is that more and more women are coming out of the woodwork who are CONFIDENT and HAPPY, and they are proud that they don’t have a perfect body. And I will let you in on a little secret – nobody does! My goal is to help my Jessie’s Girls find their happy place. Even if they’re not totally shredded, even if they aren’t exactly where they want to be, all I want is for them to be healthy and comfortable in the skin they’re in.
Examining the Density of Fat and the Density of Muscle
Gaining weight is absolutely NOT something to be ashamed of. Muscle is more dense than fat. While many “experts” say muscle takes up 66 percent less space than fat, the truth is a little less theatrical. The density of muscle is 1.1 g/mL, and the density of fat is 0.9 g/mL, making muscle take up 20 percent less volume than fat.1 So while it’s not 66 percent, the effect is still the same. Muscle takes up less volume than fat. Two people at the same weight can look dramatically different based on the amount of fat and muscle on each individual.
So, that stupid scale literally only measures the effect gravity has on you when you step on it, and nothing else.
Fueling Your Body the Right Way
Gaining weight is a great thing…if you’re fueling it properly. If you’re not fueling your body properly by eating junk, the weight gain probably won’t be the weight gain you want. One thing that’s important to remember is that it is SO important to be fueling our bodies in a healthy way, and to put your all into your workouts at the gym. That’s why I coach in my training program to consume more carbohydrates before and after you train. From replenishing your glycogen stores, to keeping your body anabolic, building muscle requires the right fuel at the right time.
It Starts with YOU
Fitness is a journey – it’s not just about how you look in the mirror, what your body percentage is or what the scale says. Fitness is about living the life you want, feeling comfortable in your own skin and loving this journey we call health and fitness. Have you ever wondered if you could handle your best friend talking to you the way you sometimes talk to yourself, about yourself? Women tend to be their own worst critic. It is SO important to remember to be kind to yourself NO MATTER WHAT. Even if you are not where you want to be physically, make sure to remember that you are a badass, you are unique, and you are far more than what you look like. Be confident in your body in all of its stages! Your body is complex and strong, so treat yourself kindly, and kick ass in the gym.
In the end, it’s all about living a healthy lifestyle, learning to love yourself and loving the process. You are far more than a number on a scale and it will NEVER be able to measure all of the sweat, tears and hard work you put into yourself. What you weigh doesn’t matter, but what does matter is that you find your happy place no matter where you are in your fitness journey.
If you’re struggling to find your path to health and happiness, I completely understand. I’ve been there. It’s frustrating bouncing from one diet to the next, struggling to find progress and searching for the right balance of food and fitness. Finding the right balance is a journey, and I’d love to help guide you through it. Through my Jessie’s Girls Muscle Building 1 training program, I’ve been able to help over 6,000 women cut fat, gain muscle and love the skin they are in by training hard, loving their workouts and fueling their bodies. For more information on how to become a Jessie’s Girl, click on the button below!