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Hope everyone ‘s doing well
It’s been quite bizzy, yesterday I worked at this event where there was a contest of the most elegant car.. Porche, Maserati, Ferrari, Audi, BMW, Bentley..They were all present..I’m not really into fast, glitzy cars but I do like Audi
Because I got home at 01.00 am, I didn’t have time to write a blog post but today I don’t have to be at work until 6pm.. CHHHHHHHHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiillll
So today I wanted to write a little piece about how your weight on the scale can be quite deceiving. Sometimes I meet a very very fit and slim girl and think she weighs like 50 kilos (110 pounds) when in fact she weighs about 58 kilos ( 127 pounds). Well..
Muscle doesn’t weigh more than fat, but!!.. It takes up a lot less space in the body..
2.5 kilo of fat vs 2.5 kilo of muscle.. The muscle looks al lot smaller but weighs the same..
A woman weighing 148 pounds with 18% fat will look much smaller (and be much healthier) than a woman at 148 pounds with 30% fat. They weigh the same amount, yet the composition of their body is different and looks different. Because muscle is more dense than fat the person with less fat and more muscle will look smaller. Muscle is what makes up your metabolism. How much muscle you have determines how many calories you burn each day. For every pound of muscle you have, you burn about 35-50 calories per day…. compared to every pound of fat on your body, you burn 1-2 calories. It is common for exercisers to lose fat and gain muscle without a change in body weight.. But don’t let that discourage you, your fat percentage may have gotten lower and you will look leaner and slimmer!
The most common fitness goal that I know of ( and it was mine before) is the loss of weight. Everyone wants to lose weight so they can ‘fit’ in their favourite pair of jeans and have a body they can proudly show off at the beach.I can understand where they are coming from, but this goal is… well… very wrong! What you relly want is to lose FAT… not WEIGHT. Muscle has weight, infact it weighs more than fat, is that what you want to lose? I don’t think so.
Here are some ways to chart your progress beside using the scale:
1. Take a Before Picture: Hang it where you look at it every day. Your “before” image will spur you on to keep going, even when the journey gets rough. Then, every 4 weeks, take another photo (in the same clothes) and hang it beside the first one. You’ll be inspired as you see yourself changing before your very eyes.
2. Add Body Composition Measurements: You don’t have to totally avoid the scale, just add a couple other measurement tools. Use the tape measure to keep track of your inch loss and use a body fat calipher/machine to record your body fat percentage losses. Combining these 3 tools (weight, body composition and body fat measurement) will give you the most complete indicator of how you are really doing.
3. Go Shopping: Now don’t get all crazy on me, I am not advocating spending money you don’t have, especially in this economy, I’m talking about using your own closet. If you’ve lost and gained weight over the years, you probably have clothes in there you can’t fit into. Don’t throw them away just yet, instead use them as a measurement tool for your success. Each week, try on something that didn’t fit before and see where you are now. As you lose weight (fat), you’ll be encouraged by the fact that you may be losing some pounds but gaining a whole new wardrobe. Source
Different body percentages = different body shapes
- Do you track your body fat percentage or your measurements?
- Did you ditch the scale already? I’m still tempted to step on it so I’m gonna give it to my mom to store it for me