In Maintenance, Scale Matters Little
Friday, October 26, 2012
Most people during weight loss are focused on the scale. It's hard to convince them that they need to be focused on FAT loss, not weight loss. I know, I was there. Big mistake. But as we transition to long term maintenance it is important to focus much more on body composition. More muscle, less fat.
I think the only thing more grossly mis-estimated than people's calorie intake are people's self body fat percent estimations.
If you haven't heard of DEXA scans, they are probably one of the most accurate estimations to date of body composition. Your BIA device is probably shaky at best. I've quit using my BIA device because the measurements were so wonky.
So now that one can look at what x% body fat *SHOULD* look like, you can compare yourself to the models.
If you're at your "goal weight" but you're not liking what you see in the mirror, welcome to the world of recomposition. I've been here for years. I've gained 25 pounds and look better in the mirror than when I was 25 pounds lighter. It's a road worth traveling.