Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Every morning that I step on a scale there's the potential for a really good or really bad mood swing. Now I came across a website that breaks down the weight loss process so well that I'm now believing that the scale is just the wrong tool to measure anyone's body. The website is called caloriesperhour.com. Reading through this site is like watching Rachel Maddow breakdown the news. They point out that as you loose weight and step on the scale you don't know if you're measuring change in fat or muscle amounts. When you plateau you could be gaining muscle while loosing fat. This is why we are supposed to use tape measures along with the scale. But I remember getting so upset during plateau's that I want another tool to watch out for the relative muscle to fat changes and I got a body fat caliper today. It looks like I have 38% body fat, in the overweight range. If I loose the 20 pounds I'm going for in fat I may have 28.8% body fat, but as I loose the 20 pounds I should gain muscle so the percentage will actually be lower, right? Hmmmm, think, think. I guess this caliper is a relative measure of fat loss and I shouldn't throw out the scale yet because if the fat goes down while the scale stays the same or goes up than that could show me muscle gain.
At any rate, I'm not going to put a lot of stock in what the scale says but I'll of course look for a downward trend.