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Old 04-03-2014, 11:00 AM   #1
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2 pictures, 4 years apart, both with practically the same bodyweight. I'm not posting this to say "Look how awesome I am". It's all about awareness that the scale is not as important as you think. Maybe not the best pics for comparison, but there's still a pretty obvious difference.

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Old 04-03-2014, 11:23 AM   #2
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did your overall calorie intake change during this time?
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It was such a long time between pics, my intake has changed over and over depending on what I was going for at that point in time.

The real difference is that in the first pic I hadn't trained for months. It was right after my wedding and my wife and I were both in terrible shape.
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This is one reason, online BMI calculators are so inaccurate. It does not take into account the physical composition type of the total body weight, and how this is distributed in a specific person. Two persons weighing about the same weight, and are of the same sex, age, and height, can look vastly different from one another, dependent on how the weight types are distributed (muscle, fat, size and length of bone, etc).

Many persons whom are out to lose good tissue, and are loyal to their specific program and diet contents, can see a shift in fat and muscle (at the same time, especially when first starting out, or brand new to a program and diet), which can make the weight on the scale appear to not have moved (for example), when in fact it was just an approximate equal balance of weight shifting to a bit more muscle, and less body fat. Sometimes the scale does not move on circumstances like this example, but the body composition has.
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Great job! During that 4 years did your bodyweight decline or incline much past your mark or pretty much stay the same?
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Great job! During that 4 years did your bodyweight decline or incline much past your mark or pretty much stay the same?
I've been anywhere from 197 to 242 from that time to now. I never stay at any weight for too long. I just thought it was interesting to see 2 pics of myself with almost the same weight but such a different look.
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Very inspirational mate, great work.
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Huge difference. It's one thing that's hard to convey to guys that have never had muscle: the muscle makes you look much better regardless of the weight.
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So true. When I went from <80kg skinnyfat (totally untrained) to ~80kg "partly-ripped" (slightly trained and better diet), it was quite a difference in a short time! In terms of clothing, the only thing that changed was, my waist size went back down to older levels.

Now, at ~100kg (or a bit less recently, I'd guess) and slightly more trained (2 years, with a few breaks), the difference is considerable. Most people have commented on it one way or another, and everyone has noticed, as of some time back. Clothing, I've had to replace en masse. Both lower and upper. :/ Oh well.

But if I had just gained >20kg of fat? Just about everyone would notice that too, and not in a good way - except for the occasional emotional vampire who wants to take others down with them, that is... they'd be loving it.
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Well said! The only thing the scale is good for is to see how your body is reacting to your diet, the number doesn't matter. I'm 3kg lighter than I was a while ago but stronger and looking way better (still ugly tho, but according to steve that's normal)
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