More often than not we find ourselves assessing our physical fitness by a silly little number on the scale. I know, I've been there too, but I have good news for you today! You don't have to let your day be ruined by something that doesn't do anything but read a number.
What is the purpose of the scale? Good question. We use scales to determine the mass of something, correct? For the most part, that is all they do! A scale doesn't tell you if you're fat, if you're muscular or if you're lean so why do we use it so often to base our physical condition off of? Not sure.
You might have heard that muscle weighs more than fat and thats a true statement. Did you know that a 130lb female with 30% body fat could be unhealthy and technically considered obese? Did you also know you could be 130lb and have 15% body fat and be considered athletic? Both cases are the same height and age. How can that be? Our body compositions are what determine our measurement of health, in my eyes.
Take a good look at the picture I posted and think about it. Mass is mass and it won't impact your health but the TYPE of mass WILL. Fat versus muscle. I've talked about the term “skinny fat” before and it comes into play here as well. “Skinny fat” is when someone’s weight is low and their body fat is high. This person might come across as being “fit” but truth be told they are unhealthy! On the contrary, someone could seem to be "overweight" but they are actually very fit and carry a lot of muscle along with a healthy body fat percentage. You're probably wondering what your ideal body fat SHOULD be according to the average American? Check out the chart I posted at the bottom.
So if you shouldn’t measure your weight you are probably wondering what SHOULD you measure?! Body fat is what really counts people! Body fat is what is linked to disease and health conditions. Make sure your body fat is in the HEALTHY range and you are all good to go! Stop letting the number on the scale make or break your day and focus on getting the body fat inline!
NOTE: BMI is NOT the same as body fat.
Questions on how to decrease body fat and become healthier? Leave your comments below!
In good health,
Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.