Monday, February 04, 2013
I find myself saying this all the time. I even hear or read people agree with me and then act the opposite. There are a lot of weight loss challenges on Spark while at the same time there is advice about not stepping on the scales too often. Spark gives the option of recording one's weight or other things like measurements like body fat but most people have a weight ticker.
Most people acknowledge when asked that it is more important to be healthy than to lose the weight but then they try to lose additional weight by reducing salt intake and thereby dropping water weight. Skinny fat (low lean muscle, high fat but normal weight) is not healthy. Walking 30 minutes a day is not enough to be functionally fit or healthy.
Being normal weight is not an indicator of health, in fact many people who are normal weight are still pre-diabetic. I was one of them and did not even know. Many people who are normal weight still have high blood pressure, high triglycerides or low HDL or even all of them and are at significant risk of heart disease or stroke or diabetes.
Gaining muscle is harder for me and is generally harder for women than for men. But I would still rather gain one pound of muscle than lose one pound of fat.
I'm not talking about big or bulky at all, just strong enough for functional fitness. When I can do the monkey bars at the local playground with ease and do a few pushups or pullups I'll be happy with that.
I'll have another body composition analysis at the doctor's office on Tuesday. I hope that my strength training has paid off and I have gained some more muscle and maybe even lost some more body fat. If not I will continue to figure out what to do to make it happen.