With so many people beginning their fitness journeys this time of year, it is VERY important that we accurately track our progress. For most people, that means checking the scale, which can be misleading and frustrating. Factors such as water, muscle, hormones, etc. can cause BIG inconsistencies on the scale. So, if the scale is not always right, what other methods should you use?
One of the most popular and commonly used measurement is body mass index (BMI). BMI is a simple equation built solely off the height and weight of the person measured, and is commonly used because it is so easy. However, BMI may not be the most reliable indicator of health or even the best way to monitor progress, because it relies on your scale weight.
Another big reason why BMI is a poor measurement of progress, is that BMI does not differentiate fat mass from muscle mass, and doesn't determine how much water you may be holding onto at the time. So … while the weight may not be falling off as fast as you’d like, you may be building muscle and simply drinking more water.
The best way to track overall health and fitness would be looking at body composition. Body composition involves everything that your body is composed of like fat, muscle, and total body water. By looking at your total body composition, you can get a much more accurate indicator of where you sit from a health and fitness standpoint.
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*This post was written by John Taylor. He is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist.