What you weigh is really irrelevant. Height and weight measurements are meaningless. The most important thing is your body composition. This is the measurement, a ratio of lean muscle tissue and body fat. It is a much more accurate measure of your physical self, and is the most important measurable when managing a fitness and diet plan.
Lean body mass consists of your muscle, bones, organs, connective tissue and fluids of the body. Weight can be decieving, as the body can fluctuate up to 5lbs a day on water weight and for this reason alone, a scale can’t be considered an accurate assessment of progress.
When you are engaged in a fitness and diet plan, you have to have measurables and body comp is the best way to assess your progress. Fad diets can cause rapid weight loss, and it can also cause muscle loss as well. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism will be. Muscle needs calories to maintain its structure, and more muscle means a need for more calories. On the flip side, losing muscle means a decrease need for calories and a slower metabolism, so for this reason it’s no wonder that athletes and fit people can eat more food without risking weight gain.
You can get your body fat measured with a skin fold caliper, an electricla impedance test or hydro test, which is most accurate. So what body fat range is healthy? A healthy percent range for men is about 15% or less, and for women, its 22% or less. This number changes with age as body fat tends to naturally increase with age.
Why is all this important? Well you can’t be too concerned with an immediate loss or gain of weight. It could be water. Changing body composition is a gradual process and takes time. So remember this the next time you step on a scale. Gradual change is good, gaining muscle weight is good and you can put on healthy muscle, raise your metabolism and improve your overall health too. Most important, a gradual change in body composition with more muscle and less fat will help keep fat weight off long term. Consult with an online personal trainer about a fitness plan and how to measure and manage body composition.