Have you tried everything to lose weight but continue to pack on the pounds as your clothes get tighter and tighter?
Are you feeling hopeless and miserable about the shape you are in?
Most of us use a scale to track weight. It may surprise you to discover that the scale does not tell us what is actually happening in our body. The scale simply tells us what we weigh. It does not tell us how much of our weight is: muscle mass, fat mass, and bone mass.
Ditch the scale and pay attention to the changes in your body composition. This new revolutionary approach to having a healthier life will have you focusing on how you feel and fit in your clothes, not the numbers on the scale.
Body Composition Index or BCI is a tool that is much more reliable than the scale for assessing one’s health and tracking progress towards a lean and toned body.
Check out the video below for more information on Body Composition.
Muscle weighs approximately 20% more than fat per inch. While muscle is lean, firm and flat, fat is bulky, fluffy and takes up more space per pound. So, while following a healthy fat-loss program such as my Simple Swaps to Slim Down Program you could actually end up weighing more than when you started, but wearing a smaller size and in your ideal shape.
If your goal is weight loss, you need to focus on fat loss through the improvement of body composition. Crash diets, quick fads, depriving your body of nutrients are not the answer. Typically, when you lose weight you will lose 50% muscle mass and 50% fat mass and sometimes even bone mass. This is a recipe for disaster! Losing muscle mass contributes to a slower metabolism which fuels a vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting and quick weight gain when the crash diet is over.
The goal of a healthy fat loss program such as Simple Swaps to Slim Down Program is to protect, maintain and build lean muscle mass.
Tracking your measurements by using a tape measure is the most accurate way to gauge your success following a fat loss program. Keep in mind that the inches lost are more important than the numbers on the scale for sustainable, healthy fat loss. Check out the graphic below. Both men are the same height and weight but both have different body composition (BCI).
- Neck (at narrowest point)
- Upper Arm
- Waist (at navel or belly button)
- Hips (at widest point)
It is beneficial to take a before and after picture to see your results.
Body Composition is heavily impacted by what we eat. The simple and sustainable approach to fat loss is to cleanse and nourish the body by eating real whole foods, balancing blood sugar, consuming healthy fats and getting the right protein while adding whole plant- based supplements.
Exercise or an increase in physical activity is also an important component in permanently changing your body composition. As you move you will burn more calories which in term will lower the percentage of fat and support you in building more lean muscle mass. Get up and move, take the stairs, go out and play, walk with a friend, join a class at the gym! Find activities that you enjoy – make motion fun!
A better body composition = a healthier life!
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