The old Model: Calories Out > Calories In
In the past, so much of what we believe to be true was based on a scale that we stood upon. This belief often overtook our focus and control to actually make long-lasting healthy choices.
Still, to this day the media is controlled by programs and quick sells for weight loss programs. The focus is to get the number on the scale to go down.
This would be beneficial if it was the only thing that was important.
If the numbers are the scale are going down we are losing that weight from somewhere in our body. The question is whether or not the weight loss is from the areas within our body that we want to lose weight such as fat? How do you know if it is from lean skeletal muscle mass instead?
Now we can tell you!
Stephanie decided to join a 6-week nutrition challenge that involved not only a nutrition dietary plan but also an exercise program to follow.
Knowing that she had been slacking with her fitness and nutrition, she had expected to see significant changes on the scale after the challenge. She was hoping to lose 8 pounds on the scale after the 6 weeks.
Stephanie was 100% compliant with both the nutrition dietary plan as well as her training and exercise.
After the 6 weeks, Stephanie steps on the scale only to be disappointed by what she saw as a 4-pound decrease on the scale.
Anger, frustration, and disappointment start to move over Stephanie as she realizes she did not hit her goal.
If we were following the traditional model of only using a scale to determine our successes and failures this would be true.
Let’s do some math:
If Stephanie weights 140 pounds and lost 4 pounds she is now 136 lbs.
As the scale shows it was a NET weight loss of 4 pounds.
But as the Inbody body composition scanner reveals, Stephanie actually lost 8 pounds of fat but gained 4 pounds of muscle.
Thus we see a NET loss of again only 4 pounds.
But the Proof is in the pudding…
As we can see if we relied upon soley what the scale told us we would be missing out on some important information.
Although the NET loss was 4 pounds, we must appreciate that there was a total of 8 pounds of fat loss, in addition, to an increase of 4 pounds in skeletal muscle mass.
This is critically important because the total composition of the total weight has changed.
Increasing out skeletal muscle mass not only makes us stronger but also improves our resting metabolism allowing us to burn more calories at rest.
How does the InBody scanner work?
The scanner sends a low-level current with different frequencies throughout the body. The signal passes through the body from the hands down to the feet.
Our body is mostly composed of water and the different frequencies will pass through various tissues differently based on their water content.
Muscle has more water content than fat, thus as the current passes through the body it will pass through the muscle with less resistance compared to the fat content which has less water content.
Based on the measured resistance the scanner can then accurately determine your body composition through specific analytical algorithms.
Accurate ∙ Reliable ∙ Consistent ∙ Quick
Now we do not have to fear the scale knowing that there is more to our overall health and fitness goals!
-Health Through Movement-
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