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How Do You Measure Up?

By Kimberly R. Blanton and Shelli E. Jones · February 5th, 2003 · The Road to Wellness
Over the years, we've seen many people begin a fitness program with enthusiasm, only to be discouraged when they step on the scales to notice they've either gained weight or remained the same. The discouragement most often results in the individuals giving up on their goals because they believe there's no use in trying. If you want to remain focused, please toss the scales. They mean very little to your goals because they don't discriminate between fat and lean mass.

Lean mass weighs three times more than fat. Lean mass is a much denser tissue demonstrating that toned look most people desire to have.

Therefore, the best way to measure your progress is by measuring your body fat so you can see just what makes up your body weight. When you have your body fat measured, you can then calculate how much is fat and how much is lean. This is the accurate way to check your progress.

When you begin your fitness program, you will add muscle, which causes your weight to increase. This will elevate your metabolism, however, which causes loss of body fat as well as inches. That's why you shouldn't be discouraged if your weight either stays the same or increases.

It's sad that so many people depend on the most inaccurate way to check their progress. If you're not concerned with the type of weight you lose, the scales are fine, but if you wish to improve your appearance, they serve no purpose alone. We encourage you to check your progress the right way to avoid discouragement and continue forward to the new look you'll achieve. ©



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