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How This Woman Gained 22 Pounds but Stayed the Exact Same Clothing Size

Health logoHealth 5/16/2018 Blake Bakkila
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Age, weight, clothing size...it’s all just a number. Fitness influencer Victoria Winterford proved as much in her latest transformation post, which revealed that she gained weight but didn’t change her size. Both images show her in a black bikini, but there’s a difference of 22 pounds (or 10 kilograms). The one constant? Her size 8 frame.

“How??” the 25-year-old from the UK asked. “Yep that little thing we call muscle.”

ITS ONLY A NUMBER! ???? 10 kilos different yet I’m the same size ..... how?? .... yep that little thing we call muscle! Muscle is actually much denser then fat (swipe to see the difference between a pound of fat and a pound of muscle FYI) so when you gain muscle you will in turn gain weight too!!! We all get so paranoid over those numbers on the little step we obsess with, we let it control us, how we train, how much we should be eating etc, when really we need to be focusing on how we LOOK and how we FEEL! When you start training and eating properly you may wonder why your not losing weight, you may actually be gaining muscle which is why the scales aren’t moving (or going the other way) ???? So stop focusing so much on the numbers and as @thebodycoach Says “step off the sad step” #transformationtuesday

A post shared by Victoria ?? Fitness Coach (@victoria.winterford) on May 15, 2018 at 10:04am PDT

Winterford went on to talk about how the numbers on the scale and on the clothing tag distract us from seeing real fitness results—such as her recent increase in muscle mass. A boost in muscle is a common body change many people notice after switching up their fitness routine, and it can cause an uptick on the scale because muscle weighs more.

“We all get so paranoid over those numbers ... we let it control us, how we train, how much we should be eating … when really we need to be focusing on how we LOOK and how we FEEL.”

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She tells Health that she’s struggled with finding a more intuitive way to eat and exercise. “I used to be very underweight,” she says. “I would restrict myself from eating too many calories, obsessed with weighing myself in case I put on weight, and definitely overtrained my body. I was very body conscious and always wanted to look like someone else.”

Now, she’s learned how to train and eat properly, and she's hoping that her message is something others, particularly young women, can relate to.

“The pressures of social media these days make people think they have to look a certain way, [but] realistically we should just be the best version of ourselves no matter what,” she says. “I just want to help as many people as possible [by] spreading a positive message about body image and living a healthy but also balanced lifestyle.”

Slideshow: 12 ways to burn fat without setting foot in the gym (Courtesy: Health.com) 

Burn calories without going to the gym this holiday season: Have you been skipping the gym lately? No judgment: So you overdid it on gingerbread lattes at Starbucks or grabbed too many fast-food meals after marathon shopping trips? No biggie—as long as you stay active in other ways. "A lot of people skip workouts completely when the holidays get busy and promise they’ll exercise in January,” says Mike Donavanik, a personal trainer in Los Angeles. “But it’s that much harder to motivate when you’ve skipped the gym for two-plus weeks.” While you don’t have to maintain your exact same exercise routine, keeping your body in motion will help you balance out the indulgences and start the year strong. To help you do that on the quick, we’ve rounded up a dozen research-backed ways to get more out of your workouts and improve your metabolism to boot. 11 Ways to Burn Fat Without Setting Foot In the Gym

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