Most people who diet only track their weight loss by stepping on their bathroom scales. Your scale may show your total weight loss, they do not reflect FAT loss, which should be your goal.
Your body weight fluctuates daily and are four specific limitations of using only your bathroom scale to track your weight loss progress:
- Water Weight – Your body is 60% water; this percentage fluctuates with your level of hydration and affects your numbers on the scale. Unfortunately, when you see number changes like this on your scale, you will quickly become discouraged.
- Muscle Gain – If you are following a healthy and effective exercise and diet program, you will gain lean muscle as you lose fat. The increased muscle mass will erase weight loss you may expect to see on the scale. This can be very discouraging if you do not understand that your hard work is replacing your body’s fat stores with new lean muscle.
- Muscle Loss – Unfortunately, if your diet involves starvation, extreme deprivation of calories or proteins, your body may enter a state of catabolism. To survive this, your body will breakdown and burn muscle as fuel. Also, your body will release hormones that encourage your body to store fat to “survive” and avoid starvation.
- Body Fat Ratio – Your scale measures total body weight, the total of fat, muscle, bone, water, even the meal you had 15 minutes prior to stepping on the scale. Your scale doesn’t measure your body’s composition, the ratio (percentage) of your body fat to lean mass (muscle and bone). Healthy (lean) body-fat range is approximately 25-31% for women and 18-25% for men. Knowing your body fat percentage will help you understand how much FAT you need to lose, and if you are making progress – two things your bathroom scale can’t tell you.
Weight loss is only a state of being lighter on your scale, it is not the best indicator of healthy FAT loss
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