Measuring Body Fat

We all want to look great and feel great at all times. However, we also want to have what we like to eat at the same time. There are so many weight loss and fitness methods that are calling us out there, saying they are the right thing to do and that is the right way to cut down on the extra fat, that we can become quite confused and end up spending a lot of money and time on products only to realize that they, unfortunately, have not made any difference. The kilos as still very much there and that can be very depressing.

Now, it is is obviously possible to get the results you want, because there are people out there who have achieved it.  The question mark is finding out how youcan do drop the fat and inches. Of course, exercise is going to play a very important role, however, you are going to have to remember that exercise only starts to work after you have reached a certain level of intensity.  Intensity, simply put, is how hard your body is working.  The higher the intensity, the harder you are working, and the better and faster the results.  The intensity you must achieve to get results is different for everyone.  The newer you are to working out and fitness, the easier it is going to be to see results.  Every little bit of movement helps, and will drop the fat.  As you become a seasoned exerciser, however, you are going to have to push your body further to see results.

Diet also plays a very important role in fat loss. Of course, too many calories are going to create unwanted fat, however, too few calories and your metabolism will slow down, putting your body into fat storage mode.  You will need to eat a very balanced diet, full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats to keep your body fueled, and burning fat efficiently.  You can;t out exercise a bad diet, so watching your intake is a must.

We all hear weight loss is a simple equation of ‘calories in and calories out’ but this isn’t always the case.  If you eat too few calories, your body enters starvation mode, and holds onto every calorie for dear life to keep you alive.  Even if you do your regular workout, you will not burn as many calories, because your body has slowed down your internal functions to save energy.

Many people judge progress based on weight lost, but this doesn’t give us a full picture.  It is possible to gain muscle, which is healthy, lean mass that allows us to burn more calories at rest, while losing fat.  On the scale, your weight may not change, but the composition of your body is changing for the better, which is the progress we want to see.  On the flip side, you can lose weight on the scale, but it can be muscle weight, as opposed to fat.  If you do not fuel your body right, or you do not strength train regularly, you may actually lose the muscle you are trying achieve.

There are many ways to measure your body fat to gauage your progress.  Some home scales offer a body fat feature, but these tend to be inaccurate.  The best way to get a true reading is to have a trained professional at your gym measure for you.  They can perform a caliper test which is where fat is pinched and measured between calipers, and the readings are entered into an equation.  There are also handheld methods, that use bioelectrical impadence to measure your body fat, by sending a completely unnoticable current through your body.

You can also get yourself a measuring tape and take your circumferences.  This will not measure body fat, but it will give you an idea of how your body is changing, and easily keep track of the changes.

It is important to understand that reaching a goal takes a combination of balance, knowledge and understanding, and therefore, successful programs that will help you drop body fat will have a combination of all three.


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