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Am I Really Losing Weight?

8/19 9:26:52

Losing fat is just like a sport - you need to keep score to know if you're making progress. How will you know how well you're doing if you don't measure yourself against something?

The point is not to become a scales-slave. This will leave you hating what you see every time you step on them and losing focus on other more important things where your weight loss and fitness are concerned. You look at the scale in the morning, and just because of that extra 1-pound, you decide what's the point anyway? In that way, scales can detract you from achieving real results.

It's hard to live without scales if you've lived that way all your life before, but you can make an effort to change. The two things that scales do not usually tell you are that 1) it can be water weight, especially for women just before their period and 2) scales can play with your mind - just like so many things, you can find that you see what you want to see.

If you are trying to lose fat and gain muscle, you will have a problem. Muscle weighs more than fat, so you will look leaner but your scales will show your scales will show that you weigh more. At this point in time, it is more useful to look at yourself, check if the muscle structure and body definition have changed - that's definitely more accurate than trying to use scales.

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How do you build muscle? Through using up calories. They reside right there in your body, but what you do with either keep them as fat and flab or turn them into muscle. Your metabolism has to get more efficient at turning calories into muscle. All this will lead to a calorie deficit - and sooner or later, you will see that the scales start to drop. At this point, we can now start to look at body fat percentage - how much of the total of your mass is fat? A fair figure for men is 12-15%, but for most women it's about 16-20%.

How do you Measure?

Get a skin calliper - it's pretty cheap and you can get it at your local drugstore. Remember how you used the callipers in school? Use them the same way. They are able to measure to within millimetres. If your losing weight, keep doing what you're doing and don't stop.

Don't ignore the mirror in the bathroom too - it can be a great tool. All you need to do is look; you can definitely tell the difference between fat and muscle. It's a great motivator - nothing makes you want to work harder than results that you can clearly see.

What Should You Aim For?

Your expectations, when it comes to weight loss, must be realistic. Set goals that are in bite size pieces and then go after them one after another, all this time making sure that you can achieve whatever you have set for yourself, but increase your capacity a bit more each day.

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Be clear of one thing; never aim for skinny or thin as so and so. Aim for your ideal, healthy weight. Leave models and superstars out of it - that's just them. Aim to be you at your best.

Do not discount the power of inheritance and DNA - sometimes it just runs in a family that they have more fat, others less. Acknowledging and accepting this will go a long way in helping you into a useful fitness program. Some people gain or lose fat faster than you - again, that's how they're made. Do your thing; just make sure to do it correctly and do it using the right methods. Don't try to compare yourself with others - that's a quick way to lower your self-esteem and demotivate you from wanting to lose weight and getting fit.

Many people, even with genetic dispositions that are not encouraging have got fit and got rid of fat. You can too. You want to know how? Click the link in the author's box and see what the real experts have to say. Empower Yourself!

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