If you have ever tried to lose weight, you’ve probably gotten addicted to weighing yourself at least once a week, if not once a day. But, weight is not the most accurate measurement of fat loss and I personally believe that you should be striving for fat loss and not weight loss. Because when you are just looking at weight loss, you could be losing muscle and keeping all the fat that’s there. Weight loss does not, in a lot of cases, equate to fat loss.
In my personal case, if you’ve read my story, I lost weight when I first started and crash dieted years ago. But most of that weight, unfortunately, was muscle mass and not fat. So weight is not the best measurement of health or fat loss or anything like that. Although it can be one of the things you keep track of. Especially when you start a low-carb lifestyle, what happens is you have body fat re-composition, so you may not exactly lose fat and you start putting on some muscle because of the added protein and fat in the diet. So you might stay at those same weight for a few weeks, initially, or you might even put on a kilo or two but in most cases, it’s because you’re putting on muscle even if you are not really doing a lot of exercises for it.
I’ve found that the best way to measure if you are actually losing fat is by using a simple tape measurement to measure various parts of your body. It would be your shoulder, your chest, your biceps, your waist and your hip and then your thighs and calves, and so if you create a spreadsheet to track your progress, you’ll know if you’re actually losing fat.
It’s a simple and easy process. You might need help to do measurements. But there are tape measures out there that you don’t really need anyone to help you with, but if you have someone to help you with, it’s probably going to be a bit more accurate.
So using a tape measure is more accurate and the reason for all these is even if you stayed at the same weight and you are losing fat, you’d know by taking measurements because muscle occupies less space compared to fat.
For the same weight of muscle versus fat, fat takes a lot more space than muscle does. So that’s what we are measuring with a tape measure and look if you are going to go into the low-carb lifestyle, I’m sure you are here to have a healthier and fitter life. To get healthier, you need to lose fat. It’s time to change the mind-set of weight loss, and get the mind-set of fat loss. So I hope this helps you and helps you get out the addiction of going and checking your weight often. Measuring using a measuring tape is a much better and accurate measure of a fat loss over a period of time.
So start today by taking and recording your body measurements, before you start on the low-carb lifestyle and compare your measurements as you progress. If you want to have to take weight measurements as part of the whole process, that’s fine, but your best measure, the most accurate of a fat loss would be taking tape measurements.
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