Body Composition: Weight Is Not The Only Measure Of Health

Body Composition: Weight Is Not The Only Measure Of Health

If you’re trying to get healthier through diet, exercise, or both, you need to become familiar with the term “body composition.” Understanding your own specific body composition can help you more accurately determine your weight loss goals and how to effectively achieve them. A Quick Definition Body composition is a way to describe what our bodies are made of, including protein, minerals, fat, and water. However, a discussion of body composition generally refers to the amount of muscle and fat on a particular body. A recent article on InBodyUSA.com states, “Put simply, you’ve got to know your body composition if you are in any way serious about managing your weight and improving your quality of life. Without knowing what you’re actually made of, you can only guess at how much muscle and fat you actually have. Guessing leads to frustration, frustration leads to indifference, and indifference leads to quitting.” Body Composition And Weight Loss Being healthy is not just about deciding to lose a certain number of pounds. It’s about ensuring that your body as a whole is functioning effectively based on a number of factors, particularly the amount of body fat that works for you. Another InBodyUSA article puts it this way. “If you just track weight, this invariably leads to comparing yourself to someone else. Even though there could be significant differences in height, muscle mass, genetics, or other factors, all people hear when they talk about or think about their weight is the number.” Two people might weigh the same but have very different body compositions. One person might exercise regularly so the number on the...
You’re Not Done Once You Lose The Weight

You’re Not Done Once You Lose The Weight

You made the commitment. You stayed on track. You overcame temptations. You changed bad habits. And you hit your goal weight! If you’re suddenly feeling a little disoriented because there’s no longer that goal in front of you to keep you motivated, you’re not alone. Most people feel better and function better when there’s a goal in front of them. Once you hit a goal, it’s hard to know what to do next. Let Go Of “Before and After” A recent blog on the site Nerd Fitness says one way to gain direction is to stop thinking in terms of “Before and After” and instead go to “Before and Now,” because “we are never truly done.  There’s always a bigger mountain to climb, another race to run, another goal to achieve.” Look at your new, healthy life as “now” rather than “after the weight loss.” In this now period, you can find new goals to keep you just as healthy and motivated as you were in your diet phase. Binge On Progress Studies have shown that any kind of “win” releases dopamine into our system, which makes us want to keep progressing and feeling great. It can even make us smarter, says this article. As humans, says Nerd Fitness, “We love making progress so much that we can actually enjoy it more than getting the thing we wanted in the first place! It doesn’t need to be big progress, it just needs to be enough that we realize we are moving forward, improving….it’s why we play a game long after it’s ceased being enjoyable just to get that 100% completion trophy.” So now it’s...

Why Weight: The Blog is Now Online!

It’s official – the Why Weight blog is now online! Many of our clients and others interested in our unique approach have asked us to start a blog – so here it is! And, here’s a sneak peek at some of the topics you’ll get to read about in upcoming posts…