Well, here I am a good month into my diet/fitness series and I've lost five pounds:) I still would like to lose another five, but I realize this won't, nor should it, happen over night.
I've found that a good fitness program or routine entails more than simply dieting. It's important to exercise; cardio as well as strength training. The ideal is to build lean muscle. Muscle actually aides in burning calories, so this means the more muscle mass you have, the more you can eat;)
Of course there are other benefits to building lean muscle: an increase in bone density, greater flexibility and so on and so forth. Now I'm not talking about building bulk, the operative word is "lean". I'm not training to be Miss Body-builder by any means.
My goal is to increase muscle because in doing so I'm replacing nasty body fat. Fat is bulky, muscle is lean, as you can see from the below illustration. Lean muscle will give you a sleeker silhouette.... and get me back into my size four jeans.
|Five pounds of both fat (yellow) and muscle|
Often times when people start strength training they bemoan the fact that they've put on weight, based on the scale. This is simply because muscle weighs more than fat. Building muscle is essential, however, many people still get very discouraged by the number on the scale.
I'm personally finding that having a scale that does more than give my weight to be extremely beneficial.
I'm currently using the EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale. All of EatSmart scales are fantastic and accurate. The truth is I've always been a little scale phobic. I kinda prefer to be in a state of denial in regard to my weight. This isn't the case with the Body Fat Scale, this is because it gives me a reading on my muscle mass, body fat and water weight. This puts things into perspective.
Being able to see that I've lost fat and gained muscle is encouraging and really reinforces my conviction to maintain my routine.
Water retention is the worst! The time-of-the-month bloat is no fun, but fortunately it is temporary. If your retaining fluids your weight will go up as much as five pounds. This of course can lead to a binge:( It's so nice to have a scale that tells me this info. My body water percentage always goes up a good 2% higher when I'm, ahem, experiencing monthly bloat. It's suggested to weigh yourself early evening before dinner for the most accurate reading of your body water. For other information I would encourage weighing in the morning before breakfast.
The EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale is easy to set up and once you've submitted your info; age, height, etc., you're good to go, no need to resubmit. The scale can also be programmed for up to eight people.
I normally would never encourage anyone to weigh themselves daily because of all of the factors which result in weight fluctuations. Lets face it, this can often be quite frustrating as well as discouraging.
With the GetFit Body Fat scale I'm comfortable with daily weigh-ins . Body fat, water weight, and muscle mass all need to be considered in order to attain a full picture of your progress. When you start a fitness program there's going to be progress, this scale makes it possible to fully gauge that progress.
You may want to check out my first review of the EatSmart Digital Bathroom scale to learn about the many features their scales have to offer, which include weighing as low as 3.5 ounce increments.
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