Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Scale is a LIAR !

Weight is just a number. A number that can have a huge impact on your mood, your self esteem and overall attitude for fitness and eating healthy. Many people think the "number" is the end all be all in weight loss. People get caught up in training to be skinny. A hard truth to learn, if you want to be strong, healthy and energized, you need to train like an athlete, eat like a nutritionist, and sleep regular 8 hour nights. If you are doing what feels like EVERYTHING and you are not seeing results, you might want to hire a coach who can help you. But lets look at why the number on the scale is not the best representation of weight loss.
Your weight is determined by a few factors. They are mainly fats, bone, water and muscles and the percentage composition of these elements should be the magic number you should be concerned about.Do you know that muscle weighs more than fat? When you exercise, you are losing fats and gaining muscle mass at the same time. This is the reason why the kilos on the scale are not moving. Hence, that weighing machine in your bathroom does not accurately reflect your real anatomy.
If you want to have an accurate journey of your weight loss, give the following advice some thought.
-Take before and after photos- A picture is worth a thousand words. Photos typically never lie. You will be amazed at how different you look in a short period of time.
-Use In-Body Analysis machine- While they may not be the most accurate, this machine gives you a clear picture of your percentage body fat and muscle mass and also allow you to track your progress. It is available in any commercial gyms.
-Challenge your body-Mindless jogging will not help one gain muscle mass. Frequent visits to the gym may also not aid in achieving your optimal physique if you do the same set of exercises everyday. We often see many female gym-goers heading straight for the conventional treadmill. They can run for an hour every single day and yet look the same a few weeks after.
-Nutrition is key! Something else we don’t often consider is how exercise affects our activity for the rest of the day. If you do a tough workout and then take a nap or skip an afternoon walk, something you wouldn’t normally do, you’re burning fewer calories.
Exercise can also increase your appetite, causing you to eat more calories which can also sabotage your weight loss goals.
If you start an exercise program, keep a food and activity journal to get an idea of a normal day for you. Resting more or eating more are things we often do without being aware of it post-exercise. Keeping a simple log of your activities will help you make sure you’re getting the same amount of activity, even with your workouts. If you're exhausted after every workout, that may be a sign you’re overdoing it. You want to keep a little gas in the tank after most of your workouts.
-Another irony with weight loss is that, the heavier you are, the more calories you’ll burn with exercise. For example, a 200-lb pound person can burn about 400 calories during 30 minutes of stair climbing, while a 125-lb person burns about 250 calories doing the same thing. As you lose weight, your body expends less energy to move your body around, which means you’ll lose weight more slowly.This is one reason why losing those last few pounds can be so difficult.First, remember that losing weight is a good thing, even if it means the weight loss slows down over time. Second, as you lose weight, you may need to recalculate how many calories you need and how many calories you’re burning. Adjusting the numbers as you go can help you stay on track with your weight loss and avoid plateaus.
By keeping all this in mind, you are on your way to a healthier mind, body and outlook on weight loss and fitness.

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