Why do people focus completely on the scale and pay little to no attention to their muscle? The scale is over rated and muscle is under appreciated. The scale is worshiped as the key to progress and success; while muscle is overlooked and disregarded. There is a constant bombarding from the media with weight loss programs, weight loss supplements, and weight loss diets. I saw a commercial the other day stating that you can lose 30lbs in 30 days if you take this magic pill. So it is easy to be influenced and brain washed into worshipping the scale. Yes, it feels awesome when you place your feet on the mighty scale and see a decrease in your weight. Yes, it is easy and a simple process to measure fitness on the scale in some degree. What you should know is that when you weight yourself you are weighing fat, bone, water, and muscle. All four components of the body plus organs make up your body weight. So what are you really losing when the weight decreases on the scale? Is it fat, water, or muscle? What we should want and aim to lose is “FAT” but our goal should be to gain, build, and maintain muscle. Muscle not only looks good, but it is an active body component that burns calories. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories burned during and way after workouts. A pound of muscle occupies less space than a pound of fat. Which means you could weight the same or more but is smaller in size. Tom Venuto says it best, “Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but let’s face it – muscle looks better than fat”.
Let me some it up, focusing only on the scale will you lead too inconsistent and disappointing results; focusing on lean muscle and less body fat will lead you to a body that consistently burns and produce positive results.
There are ways to measure lean body mass and body fat. I will blog on the subjects in the near future.
Supreme 90 Day 78 – 80
I have 10 more workouts left. I am excited but in limbo on what I will do next. There is a good chance that I will do a round 2 for Supreme 90 Day. Also, I am interested in Beachbody Asylum workout, My FitnessShock HIIT workout, or P90x. I don’t know but definitely want some type of resistance. How about you comment and offer some suggestions.