Why Losing Weight is a Bad Goal to Have
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Sounds weird, right? Afterall, we're all hear to lose weight, most of us anyway. That's why we joined Sparkpeople in the first place. Let me explain.
You weight is just an arbitrary number. It really doesn't mean anything. What is weight anyway. Weight is a measure of MASS (your body, muscle, blood, fat, bones, brain, organs, etc...) as it is acted upon by FORCE (in this case gravity). Let's say you weigh 200 pounds. On the moon you would weigh 33 pounds, on Jupiter you would weigh 63,600 pounds. You see, your "weight" has nothing to do with you.
Ask yourself one question, "What's my real goal, to lose weight or to be smaller?" Isn't it strange how we equate the two.
Let me ask you this. Which takes up more space, a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers? It's not a trick question. A pound of feathers takes up much more space. It's the same with our bodies. A pound of fat takes up much more space than a pound of muscle. So, shouldn't our goals be related to being smaller, not necessarily to "weigh" less?
This is why I've chosen the following goals for myself. Plus they are more measurable and provide more immediate feedback.
1. Improve my physical fitness.
Benefits: Better muscle tone, more flexibility, better cardiovascular health, lower Blood Pressure, lower cholesterol, lower resting heart rate, added muscle mass, lower fat mass, lower stress.
2. Reduce inches around neck, waist, hips, thighs.
Benefits: less weight around the middle reduces chances of a heart related event such as heart attack, angina, stroke, and other diseases.
3. Improve flexibility.
Benefits: Stretching has been shown to reduce the effects of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, improve posture and movement later in life as well as now.
These don't have to be your goals. But the nice thing about these goals is as you reduce your size, the weight just seems to come off naturally without thinking about it.
So, do yourself a favor and stop worrying about losing weight. It's just a number. Shrink yourself down and you'll be much happier. What do you have to lose, besides inches, I mean.
Good luck and JUICE to you all!