If you have specific health and fitness goals like losing weight or building muscle, it’s important to ensure that you have an accurate way to track your progress. Otherwise, how do you know if you’re getting closer or further away from your goal?
One of the best metrics to track is your body fat percentage. This has been supported in numerous pieces of research and is arguably the most common and accurate way to measure results. Here are some of the issues you’ll encounter if you’re just weighing yourself:
1.You think you are losing fat, when it really is mostly water weight.
If you start a low carb diet and immediately drop 5 lbs in 10 days, you’d probably think you’re on a roll. But unfortunately it will just be water weight. Cutting carbohydrate consumption will result in a loss of water weight because carbohydrates bind to water when they are stored, and an excess caloric intake will also involve some water weight, so cutting calories will also lead to water loss. A body fat test will tell you whether you’ve lost body fat or water.
2.You think the scale going up = failure.
If you’re trying to lose weight and your weight on the scales is going up, it may be a cause for concern. But in fact your body fat may be decreasing but your muscle mass is increasing, causing an increase in weight. If you’re not tracking your body fat, you may try and further decrease your caloric intake as an attempt to get the scale lower which may cause your muscle mass growth to stall and your metabolism to downregulate.
3.Freaking out and asking yourself are you doing the right thing?
If you’re trying to gain muscle it’s likely you’re eating in caloric surplus to fuel your muscle growth. While this is a good thing to do, it can also result in excess fat gain which is not good for your health. If you were to track your body fat percentage you can see whether you are gaining muscle or simply just gaining fat, or a combination of the two. It’s possible to gain muscle while gaining little fat, but can only be established by tracking what you’re doing and the subsequent results.
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