Friday, March 27, 2009

Get Skinny Quick-Avoid That Scale!

Today's get skinny quick tip has to do with how to measure if your weight loss is where it needs to be by not hopping on the scale.

I know that for many of us, including myself, not seeing those numbers budge can be frustrating! Jennifer Scott suggests a different way for us to measure success.

I know you will like her method!

Do You Measure UP?
by Jennifer Scott

Stepping on the scale can be frustrating. Weight can fluctuate by several pounds simply through the course of one day. What you’ve eaten, how much water you’re retaining and hormone fluctuations can all influence the numbers on the scale.

How about a different way to measure success? Instead, you could see that you’re toning up and gaining muscle without ever stepping foot on the scale. Pull out a measuring tape to get the real deal.

A measuring tape will give you an accurate picture of your progress from start to finish. You will find inches disappearing from your belly, thighs, hips and even your upper arms.

Just the FAQ: Do I Need to Lose Weight

Q: I weigh 145 pounds. Do I need to lose weight?

A: That's not a question I can answer. But I can tell you some ways to find out.

If you feel you're carrying around a little extra weight -- but your doctor says you're in good health -- you probably don't need to lose weight unless its affecting your activity level or well-being.

Being overweight means your weight is just a little higher than what is considered normal weight for your height. If you've put on more than a few pounds, you will need to assess how your weight is impacting your risk of developing serious weight-related diseases and health conditions.

If and when your weight affects your daily well-being, and/or you have higher risks for disease or illness (and/or family history) due to your excess weight, then it's time to start losing weight.

There are three main ways that weight is measured. They are: percent body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, and BMI.

If you discover that your results are in the "danger zone" of health risks via any of these assessment tools, you'll know you need to lose weight for the sake of your health.

Percent Body Fat

PBF is measured with a painless test called "caliper measurement". This test measures subcutaneous (under the skin) fat using a skinfold caliper. The caliper is used to grasp a fold of skin and pull it away from your muscle.

The folds are usually measured at the waist, hips, and thighs, and several other locations on the body. The findings are then calculated into a formula that allows your body fat to be estimated.

There are a few reasons why percent body fat measurement may not be ideal: The older you are, the less likely the results are to be accurate, because of the way fat distribution changes as we age; it is best for those under the age of 55, though it can become less accurate by your 40s.

Additionally, the accuracy of the results can vary according to the skill of the person taking the measurements and the quality of the caliper used to take the measurement. Lastly, the more overweight an individual is, the less accurate the results are likely to be.

What Does it Mean?

Body fat caliper measurement first came about in the 90's and it wasn't until 2000 that standards for body fat ranges were identified. According to those findings, a woman between the age of 20 and 39 has increased health risks at 33; the risks greatly increase at 39. For men, health risks increase at 20 and greatly increase at 25.

Monique Hawkins
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