One of the first purchases many people make when deciding to lose weight is a scale and soon after that, the number obsession takes over. Are you one of those individuals glued to the scale? If so, it is time for detachment. Weighing yourself daily (or several times daily for that matter) is not going to help your mission. If anything, it will almost guarantee fitness derailment due to discouragement.
The truth is, there other numbers that are far more telling and certainly more significant than what appears on the scale. That does not mean the scale is irrelevant – it has its place. It means, other than the numbers appearing between your feet, there are numbers of greater significance to consider. Here is a little insight on what you need to know to play the right numbers game.
- Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Knowing your BMR is necessary in order for you to determine the calorie deduction necessary to lose weight weekly (1-2lbs. is ideal). It factors in your level of activity, age, gender, height, and weight.
- Body Mass Index (BMI). Your BMI provides you important insight into what a healthy weight range is for you based on your height.
- Body Fat Percentage. While your BMI will tell you what your healthy weight range is, it will not identify how much of your body weight is lean muscle mass and how much is excess body fat. The most accurate way to measure body fat is underwater. The next best way is with calipers (more readily available and less expensive).
Arming yourself with these numbers gives you the knowledge you need to tackle your weight loss (or gain if your intention is to add muscle) in an educated manner. These numbers, along with a good trainer, can equip you with a targeted nutrition and exercise program that will yield incredible results.