Posted on:-Aug 10
One of the most common goals my clients come to me for is to lose weight. Over the years I have had clients whose goals ranged from losing anywhere from five pounds to as much as two-hundred pounds. While those clients that have come to me that wanted to lose over one-hundred pounds have a lot more reasons to be attached to the number on the scale, the truth of the matter is, your weight on the scale is irrelevant.
Confused? Let me explain.
The true indicator of fitness and health is related to your body composition. Which means knowing what the ratio of your lean body mass (muscle and bones) to your fat mass. (the jiggly blubber part that no one wants).
Let me explain further.
When you step on the scale it tells you what your total weight is. That’s everything… your bodyfat, your bones, your muscles, and the clothes you wear are all calculated into that number. Well what if you were a 6’ tall man and weighed in at 230lbs but had 6% body fat. Well you would be a very muscular man and would likely have those often coveted 6-pack abs. On the other hand, what if you were a 6’ tall man and you weighed in at 230lbs but you were 25% body fat. Well then you would likely have a huge bulge sitting on top of your belt.
Now what if you are a woman who is 5’7” tall and you weight 145lbs but you are 12 % body fat. Well then you would look like a fitness model and would more than likely be very happy with your body. Now let’s say you were 5’7” weights 145lbs and you are 23% body fat. Well in that case you would likely have a muffin top and some very jiggly arms.
But as you become more fit your body will burn away that fat and begin to lean out and build some muscle. So as you can see by my examples, your weight when you step on the scale is irrelevant. The true indicator of fitness is “Body Composition”
I hope that clarifies things for you.
If you would like to know what your body composition is then please get in touch with me to set up an evaluation appointment.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them on my blog at www (d0t) SDTrainer (dot) com
To Your Continued Success,
JJ Brawley N.C.P.T.
“The Fitness Specialist”
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