Scales Are For Fish, Not Weight Loss – Burn More Body Fat
Contrary to common belief, your weight is not really the indicator of a weight loss problem – the actual percentage of body fat is the true indicator. You need to know what percent of you is actually body fat. How are you going to monitor your weight loss if you do not know what percent of your body is fat, before you begin your program?
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Let me give you an example on measuring body fat, this is important in understanding weight loss, or should I say body fat loss. This is actually what we are trying to lose, right?
Let’s say someone weighs 200 pounds and when we measure their body fat, we find out their body fat is 40%. This means that 40% of the members body is made of fat (80 lbs.). The other 120 lbs. is muscle, bones, organs, water, etc. (everything but fat).
Now any true weight loss program should include some form of strength training customized to their personal abilities (Another reason you need someone who truly understands the whole body and how it works). Because if you can gain some of that muscle mass that we lose with age, our bodies will burn more calories and therefore burn more body fat!
Now it’s a few weeks into the program and this person steps on the scale and they now weigh 198 lbs. They are a little disappointed because they thought they were doing better. Their clothes fit better, they have more energy, and they are feeling better.
But they are still depressed because they only lost a lousy 2 pounds! Right? Are we sure???
We now check their body fat and it is now 36% not 40%. Let’s do a little math.
200 lbs. at 40% body fat means that 40% of them is fat, which equals 80 lbs. of FAT, and 120 lbs. are muscles and everything else (called the lean body mass).
198 lbs. at 36% body fat means that 36% of them is fat which equals 71 lbs. of FAT, and 125 lbs. of lean body mass.
This person actually lost 9 pounds of FAT (the stuff we are trying to lose) and gained 5 pounds of lean body mass (mostly muscle mass, which is a good thing because this will allow their body to burn more calories!)
Scales Are For Fish, Not Weight Loss – Lose Body Fat
You need to measure and focus on PERCENT OF BODY FAT, AND NOT WEIGHT!
But don’t worry, when your body fat goes down, as your body fat decreases so will the numbers on the scale!
5 Natural Ways to Lose Weight
Are you tired of dieting and still not losing weight? Try these seven natural ways to lose weight instead!
Weight loss isn’t easy, but there are many things you can do to shed pounds naturally. Here are seven simple steps that will help you drop those extra pounds without feeling deprived.
Eat More Fiber.
Eating more fiber can help you feel full longer, so you won’t overeat. It also helps keep your digestive system healthy by preventing constipation and other gastrointestinal issues. Aim for 25 grams per day.
Drink More Water.
Drinking water throughout the day will help you stay hydrated and avoid dehydration. Dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and muscle cramps.
Cut Back on Sugar.
If you’re looking to shed some pounds, cutting back on sugar might be one of the easiest things you can do. Sugars are empty calories that provide no nutritional value. They also spike blood glucose levels, causing insulin spikes that lead to fat storage.
You don’t need to spend hours at the gym to burn off extra calories. In fact, just 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times per week will help you lose weight.
If you’re stressed out, chances are you won’t eat well or sleep well. This means you’ll likely gain weight. So, take some time to relax and unwind.
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