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Why Losing Weight is a Bad Goal to Have

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hey Everyone,

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!

Jonny Mac

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HOUNDLOVER1 1/22/2013 10:41AM

    Great post! I don't pay much attention to weight but have my body fat and lean muscle mass tested at the doctor's office once a month. A much better gauge of health together with blood work. emoticon

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GORIANA 1/19/2013 2:48PM

    I have a friend that could really use this message. She is so focused on the weight she was when she was younger. She weighs herself and gets bummed when it goes up. The analogy you gave here is I good one, I'll try it. She doesn't want to see the other benefits of exercise and she is keeping herself too hungry.

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JESSICA_STULTZ 1/19/2013 12:18PM

    When I read the title of your blog.. I half expected you to say that you shouldn't be focused on the weight.. but on being healthier. (I am sure you want that as well.. but your answer totally threw me off and I LOVE it!) I love the comparison of a pound of rocks and a pound of feathers mass.. and plan to share your comparison in my next blog. I will also make sure to have your screen name with it because you definitely deserve the credit!
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BLUENOSE63 1/19/2013 12:14PM

  I weigh myself once a month. I depend on the trusty old measuring tape and how my clothes fit.

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NEPTUNE1939 1/19/2013 11:47AM

    emoticon Your right, I don't use a scale. Fat calipers is another way to judge, as is the size of your waist line, Earl

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