This is a guest post from our friends at Enjoy The Enjoyment.com. For years we've been conditioned that we should have a target weight based on our height and gender, but let's think about that concept. How many of you know a 'skinny Jane' who waves with her hand ... and then unintentionally waves a second time with the droopy skin of her upper arms?
Or how about your friend who is the same weight as she was in high school, but she has to buy clothes 1 or more sizes larger? If you wanted to think about it, you would think it would be a good idea to wear it and still wear the same size of clothes.
But then again, what about that guy at the tennis club who does not know what he is? His waist (or at least where he wears his pants) is the same size, but it is probably less than that. and how much is lean mass (mostly we are talking about muscle, but things like your bones and bodies are counted here too).
The problem with the right spot, it can be deceptive. What is your body fat percentage (BF%) - How much is fat and how much is lean mass? Your doctor's office may or may not take this measurement for you, but you should be able to find a good personal trainer in your area who is skilled at doing so.
I would like to make the measurement to make you feel that you are staying on track. If you want to lose fat, then you need to get fat. In this case, you can use the following method to measure your weight and size (preferably first thing in the morning, when food and water will not distort or value).
This gives you a way to get your body mass. Why the belly button? It is an area without a marker and it is easy to measure it. A pound of fat gained or lost. It takes about 12 pounds of muscle for the same thing to happen. So with the addition of a simple measuring tape, your scales are more likely to be used. You are losing weight and gaining muscle size.
If the scales are going down but your waist stays the same, you're more likely to lose muscle ... and that means you're technically getting fatter.
If the scales went up 12 pounds over You've just added 12 inches of muscle to this article. If you weigh and measure, then wait a few months and repeat the process, it's much harder if not impossible to know what happened. Anytime there has been significant time, have a BF% measurement done.
They can not do it without doing so, but they do not necessarily need to improve their health. It does not matter. A 6 'tall person and a 5' tall person can be both at 10% BF and both of them will be in a healthy weight range BF% is where it belongs.
Stay tuned for an article discussing how to plan your nutrition and exercise to get your BF% where you want it while improving your tennis game at the same time!