Inches Lost Are More Important Than What The Scale Says
While studies published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings reveal that less than 3% of all Americans lead a healthy lifestyle, it is not necessarily through lack of want or trying. Many individuals simply do not have the know-how when it comes to health related matters such as diet and fitness. The internet is inundated with contradicting information that often leaves an individual with even the best intentions feeling overwhelmed and disinterested.
Maintaining a healthy weight is about a lot more than just the numbers you see on a scale, It also includes achieving a suitable body composition. While weight loss and inches lost often go hand in hand it is possible to lose many inched without seeing the scale budge at all. When embarking on a weight-loss or body transformation journey it is important to take both measurements into consideration when measuring your weight and fitness achievements and gauging the success of your workout plan.
The problem of measuring weight loss alone
Witnessing changes in body weight does offer a certain amount of insight into your health. If you are morbidly obese, losing as little as 5% of your starting weight can offer substantial health rewards. Where paying attention to the scale alone becomes a problem is when you are already within a relatively healthy weight range with a BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9. If your weight loss goals revolve completely around pounds lost and seeing an ideal number on the scale you are ignoring other factors that are affecting your health. You might end up reaching your goal weight while still carrying too
much body fat and continue facing an increased risk of health complications. Paying only attention to what the scale reads is just one of many common weight loss mistakes made by individuals eager to change their lifestyle.
Why lost inches matter more
Muscle weighs more than fat and that alone is enough reason to stop solely focusing on what the scale says right away. Measuring inches lost shows the visible effects of weight loss like how well your clothes fit much better than a scale does. A pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat, purely because it is much denser. It is due to this that you may lose inches as you drop fat and gain muscle without the scale indicating any weight loss. You may even find yourself weighing more as this happens – something which can be very harrowing, but a change that needs to be understood and embraced.
Good goals to aim for
Take a combined approach to weight loss and fitness that takes into account both scale readings as well as inches lost. If you are terrible overweight shift your focus on modifying your diet and exercise routine to help you lose weight swiftly until you are in a healthy BMI range. As you get closer to your goal weight shift your focus to measuring inches lost which will allow you to assess improvements in your body’s composition as well as a reduction in your body fat%.
Focusing on the scale alone may encourage you to opt for rapid weight loss through extreme methods that may be dangerous to your health. Losing weight slower and transforming your body at a more leisurely pace is known to have a longer lifespan than quick-fix diets which often see an individual picking up all the weight loss, and even more, after a period of time.
My personal story of the ups and downs associated with working a stressful nightshift position while training for multiple fitness shows & becoming an a Fitness Model.
My name is Lauren D Kagan and I wanted to share my personal struggles & success story of becoming a professional fitness model all while working a stressful night shift nursing job. Both my peers & personal training clients have asked me countless times how I did it, how I dealt with all the struggles related to working as a nurse, while working night shift, while having a “life” or being a spouse or etc. How did I find the time to work out, how did I keep my diet on point, how did I deal with stress at work or unhealthy temptations? Well, here is how I did it – and I hope many of you can relate to my own experiences.
I have been a registered nurse for almost 9 years now. I have been in healthcare since I was 15 years old working as a secretary, a telemetry technician, a CNA, and eventually I graduated with my BSN in nursing. When I turned 21, I started working as a RN on a medical/surgical telemetry floor and fell in love with Cardiology. I went on to work on a cardiac step-down unit learning some very advanced cardiac technology and skills such as how to manage patients with L-VAD (left ventricular assisted device that does the heart pumping even if the patient is in a V-fib electrical rhythm). I cared for cardiac/cardiothoracic surgery patients for about 7 years when I decided to expand my knowledge and skillset to the RN Float position. I am ACLS/AED certified and have been for 8 of my 9 years of nursing. I have worked every shift: days, evenings and eventually settled for nights. I have worked as a charge nurse on all the units I’ve worked on including when I floated. I wanted to share my story of how my nursing career led to a lot of stress in my life and how I decided to overcome it. I wanted to improve my physical health, my energy levels, aesthetics and overall happiness. (more…)