It’s all about fat loss! Most people want to concentrate on moving the number on the scale downward. However, fitness is not only about how much you weigh (or the number on the scale); it is about how much abnormally stored body FAT you are carrying around that you DON’T need.
Based on your fitness level, your weight comes from:
- Muscle: 30-55% of body weight
- Fat: 10-30% of body weight (30% or more you are considered obese)
- Water (not in muscle or fat): 10-25%
- Bone: 15% of body weight
- Organs, other tissues: 10-15%
The more you know about the different variables (for example, how much water you’re retaining, and how big your muscles are), the more informed and accurate you can be in knowing how much fat you need to lose. Because weight loss does not always mean fat loss.
As a result, if we go only by the numbers on the scale, it is easy to think that the numbers going down mean success. But those lower numbers could be due to a loss in water weight (dehydration). Even worse, they could mean a loss in calorie-burning muscle. So, losing five pounds might seem great, but if that was five pounds of muscle, chances are you’ve just lost about 200 calories per day in metabolism. Not a good trade!
Fat Measurement Methods
The best ways to measure your body fat composition are:
- DEXA (Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry) Scan. In a DEXA scan, X-ray technology is used to estimate lean tissue, bone, mineral, and fat across regions of the body with amazing accuracy. …
- Underwater Weighing
- Bod Pod (Whole Body Plethysmography)
- Skinfold Measurements
- Bioelectrical Impedance
Notice a bathroom scale is not listed….
How Lose Fat…Not Muscle
When you decide to “lose weight” your focus should be on FAT LOSS. Most traditional dieting plans focus on weight loss, which in turn causes you to lose valuable muscle. The HCG Protocol allows you to lose FAT. HCG is a protective hormone. What is it trying to protect? Your lean muscle mass; so, it is possible to lose fat and retain your muscle.
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