I know that you’re very eager to lose those first 10 lbs. In fact, 90% of Americans who join a gym or start an exercise program do so because they want to improve the way they look. But health should be measured from the inside out, not the outside in. It is completely unfair to judge your accomplishments by only watching the scale because it doesn’t show body fat loss or improvements in general health. Weight is only one parameter to assess your training results.
Many people focus on the scale because that is how popular weight-loss diets, celebrities, television shows and the media have trained us. But how much you weigh without any other measurements doesn’t tell you much. You can gain five to 10 pounds just during your female cycle due to bloating. It is also possible to lose as much as five to 10 pounds of water if you sweat profusely during a workout. There are so many factors that affect the amount of water that you retain or lose that I can definitely confirm that weight alone does not tell you much.
Your body is made up of 60–70% water, and the remaining percent is made up of muscle (lean body tissue), connective tissues (bones, ligaments, tendons) and internal organs. You want to make sure that you’re not just losing water and muscle, but that you are actually decreasing body fat and improving your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, resting heart rate, strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness level. These are the measurements that, when improved, will decrease your risk of injury, decrease your risk of over 25 obesity related diseases (hypertension, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, hardening of the arteries, etc.) and increase the quality of your life.
A Body Composition Assessment includes: Body Weight, BMI, Waist Girth Measurement and Body Fat Analysis. These measurements collectively are a much better way to assess your training results. Watching these measurements change for the better will prove that it’s never too late to get started with a fitness program. It doesn’t matter if your 25 or 65, you are going to see improvements.
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