Are you feeling frustrated because the numbers on your weighing scale are not changing? It is very easy to lose hope when you are clueless about how your body works. You’ve been eating well, exercising regularly and firmly controlling your cravings, yet the number on the scale just doesn’t seem to come down. What could be wrong?
Here’s the deal - Your weight shouldn’t be the only indicator of fitness and health when you are on a weight loss and exercise programme. This is because exercise will increase your lean muscle mass thereby making you gain some weight. At the same time you will be slimming down or losing some unwanted inches.
Why inch loss happens over weight loss?
It is important to know more about your body mass composition if you want to understand how slimming and weight loss works. Your body weight is the combination of the weight of your fat, muscles, tissues, organs, bones, blood, water, etc. For healthy weight loss, your objective should be to lessen the percentage of body fat from your total body weight. Fat tissue is not very dense. Being loose it occupies a lot of space in the body. When you lose fat, this space is freed and you can notice instant inch loss. Logically, this should lead to weight loss too. But the body tries to resist this by balancing the loss of fat weight with muscle mass. It thus uses the energy that comes from the burned fat to repair and reconstruct muscles.
Why measure waist?
Measuring your waist circumference helps to identify probable health threats that come with being overweight and obese. If you carry more of your body fat around the waist than the hips, you could be at a greater risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart diseases. These threats rise with an increase in waist size. The waist size should not exceed 35 inches in women and 40 inches in men.
To measure your waist accurately, locate the top of your hip bone. Stand and place the measuring tape around your bare stomach just above the upper hip bone. Now measure your waist just after you breathe out.
A measuring tape might be your best tool for tracking your overall health and longevity prospects. So toss out your scale and bring in the measuring tape!