is your goal really weight loss 2

Are you ashamed of your weight? Accomplish you accept a ambition weight that you appetite to grasp buttoned up weight loss? I’d add so, it’s been pushed into our brains abounding times over and over again that “weight loss” is what we appetite to accomplish. There are weight loss guides, weight loss supplements, and abounding other things that push “weight loss”. Abounding bodies even set their goals to be at a certain weight. Additionally, the medical community has developed an “epitome weight” chart, which can further add to the confusion about weight loss.

Any more, let me buzz you a catechism. Is your ambition really weight loss? Unless you are trying to accomplish a weight class for wrestling or some other sport with weight classes, you may anticipate that your ambition is weight loss, but it really isn’t. You are trying to lose that flubbery stuff attached to your body called FAT. Correct?

So then, why accomplish we measure our progress by how much we weigh? Why accomplish we step on the bathroom scale and achievement that those numbers will be lower than before? You beam, our weight is affected by added than aloof how much fat is on our body. Some other factors accommodate baptize, muscle, glycogen, and obviously if we accept eaten anything earlier or used the bathroom lately.

Our baptize weight fluctuates constantly. For instance, when we exhale baptize vapor comes out. When we sweat, we are sweating out baptize. There are again abounding added factors that can act on the amount of baptize in our body. Baptize is what usually causes those unintentional gains or losses of a pound or two in weight that can accomplish you blessed or bereaved. It is almost physiologically impossible to lose a pound of fat in one day.

One astuteness the low-carb or no-carb (again called ketogenic) diets are so attractive is as of the ample initial loss of weight. However, this weight is not necessarily fat. When carbohydrates are restricted the body has a backup store of them located in the liver and muscles in the anatomy of something called glycogen. The human body can store approximately 400 grams of glycogen. In larger individuals this figure can access. In addition to this, for each gram of glycogen stored in the human body, 3 grams of baptize are again stored. If you figure it out, this would equate to about 1600 grams (3.5 pounds) of glycogen and baptize.

When you bar or limit your consumption of carbohydrates, your body starts using its glycogen stores. After a couple of days that 1600 grams (3.5 pounds) of glycogen and baptize are gone. Again, as an adaptation to the restriction of carbohydrates, your body produces these things called ketones. Ketones again arise to accept a diuretic aftereffect, which would beggarly an even greater loss of baptize.

In addition to baptize, if you accept been working out lately to speed along your “weight loss” (you beggarly fat loss, adapted?) progress you probably accept gained some muscle doing so. This accretion in muscle can again act on the numbers you beam on the scale. Muscle is again added dense than fat.

You may be wondering how you are going to measure your progress any more that the scale doesn’t beggarly as much as it used to. Able-bodied, there are several methods to measure your body fat percentage. None of these methods are 100% accurate, but they will be much added advantageous than the statement of a scale.

One of the simplest ways is to statement a caliper. You can usually acquisition these at your local sporting goods/fitness shop. If you can’t acquisition them locally, you can adjustment them off the internet. Calipers measure the thickness of a skin fold on your triceps. Then there are directions that come with the caliper that appearance you how to statement the figure you amuse to derive your body fat %.

If you don’t appetite to action out and buy some calipers, there is a body fat % calculator on my website. The calculator uses the circumference of several parts of your body and then plugs them into a formula developed by the U.S. Navy to derive an approximation of your body fat %.

You can acquisition this calculator here:

There are again much added accurate ways to measure your body fat % according to buoyancy testing or the statement of adapted lasers.

If you insist on alive your progress by weight loss and appetite to statement a scale, ace shot to weigh yourself at the selfsame age everyday. Probably the ace age would be adapted when you wake up in the morning and before you accomplish anything.

So, your advanced ambition should be to shoot for fat loss and not weight loss. Don’t necessarily assurance the scale all the age as it can be deceiving – your weight is affected by added than aloof how much fat you accept gained or absent. In addition, it is almost physiologically impossible to accretion or lose a pound of fat in one day.

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Originall posted August 18, 2012