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What does the number on the scale really mean?

The numbers on the scale don't tell the whole story.

I am currently running a 24 day challenge in my bootcamp to help my bootcampers jump start their goals, whether it be weight loss or living a healthy lifestyle. In this program, the participants modify their diet and eliminate things like sugar, alcohol and gluten, and are encouraged to exercise as well. The one thing that I find people get hung up on is the number on the scale. While this is one measure of progress, in my opinion it is not the most important measure.

We should be more aware of our body composition rather than our weight. The number on the scale is the total weight of all of our body's tissues. This may fluctuate during the day based on things like time of day and hydration. Body composition on the other hand measures the relative proportions of fat and lean body mass. If your body composition is within the satisfactory ranges, (10-22 percent for men and 20-32 percent for women) you have less risk of developing obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even some cancers.

Changes in body composition take time and a dedicated effort, but the positive impact on health and quality of life is worth the effort. Participation in regular exercise and physical activity along with a healthy balanced diet are the key to reaching and maintaining a healthy body composition. It is possible for the number on the scale to remain constant but experience changes in fat mass and lean mass.  So don't get too hung up on the numbers on the scale!!

Our next 24 day challenge starts in February, visit my website below if you would like to participate!

Rebecca LeSaffre is the owner of Lynnfield Boot Camp. She is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, a Fitness Nutrition Coach and a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She is qualified to assess what types of exercises will be most beneficial for meeting personal fitness goals, while also helping assure that you use proper form for maximum results and injury prevention. You can contact her via her web site www.lynnfieldbootcamp.com

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