By: Melanie Nelson
In this two series blog we are going to bust some commonly held myths about fat. It is a dangerous game when we focus solely on the number on the scale. When we step on a typical weigh scale, we are seeing a sum of many parts
- Visceral fat (Fat surrounding our organs)
With many fads, diets and calorie restriction we can see a significant drop on a typical scale, but we could be losing precious muscle or other good weight we want to keep. Transitions Lifestyle System is the solution to losing fat and reaching an ideal body composition. To give you an example, below is a picture of a cross section of two different human thighs. These two individuals were roughly the same size; however, you can plainly see that their fat to muscle ratio is very different.
“Skinny Fat” or what is now called Dis-Metabolic Syndrome in the medical community is just as detrimental to our health as someone who is carrying a lot of extra weight and who looks visibly overweight or obese. Simply put, your “skinny” friend may have the SAME Body fat % as his/her fluffy friend. This puts them at risk for the same obesity related diseases. Having fat is important for our hormonal heath & insulation, however from a wholistic approach our goal should be to reach a healthy ratio of fat content in the body based on you, your age, height, gender etc.
The more accurate measurements of our progress and journey to a healthy fat % in our body is better done by measuring our inches. Measuring every 2 – 4 weeks at the chest, waist and hips will give us a better indication of how we are doing. Also, technology advancements now allow us to use specialty scales without spending a fortune. Using a Tanita, Omron or Rolli-Fit scale that measures these different tissues in the body can be a great way to monitor your own body composition. Be sure to measure with the same device at the same time of day for consistent and more accurate results. You can find any of these scales on Shop.com
Here is a chart to determine where you are and where you may want to get when it comes to Body fat %, your gender and age.
There are two healthy ways to reach an ideal body fat % and they work surprisingly fast if done together.
- Eating wholesome food and the TLS Low-Glycemic Impact way.
- Weight training to build lean muscle tissue.
No amount of cardio will build the kind of lean muscle mass that is needed for a healthy body composition. It is essential to add in regular resistance and strength training. You don’t need to spend 1 – 2 hours in the gym or get ripped to achieve an ideal fat % and optimal lean muscle, but you cannot do it without it.
Muscle is a major source of energy and dictates out metabolism. It keeps our skeletal system erect and allows us to enjoy life in those golden years. It is necessary to longevity, achieving your weight-loss goal or maintaining your healthy weight.
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Remember, you are worth it!