The Truth About Weight Charts
Weight can be deceiving, and weight charts donít account
for individual variation. Too many women and men have
developed eating disorders because the weight charts
told them they were overweight, and no matter what they
did, they remained off the charts.
Scales can also drive
you crazy: most diet experts recommend only weighing
yourself once a week, since weight can fluctuate dramatically
from day to day. Your weight is not necessarily a reliable
indicator of your muscle tone, fat levels or fitness.
In fact, muscle is heavier than
fat, so people who start working out may even gain
weight at first, as the muscle builds up before the fat
has melted off.
But muscle also takes up less room on
your body than fat does. For example, five pounds of fat
take up the same amount of room on your body as three
large grapefruits. Five pounds of muscle takes up as
much room as three tangerines! That makes a big
difference when you’re trying on bathing suits!
Forget weight charts, and pay attention to body fat
percentage, a much more reliable indicator of fitness.
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