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Focus on body composition to succeed with New Year’s weight loss

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JANUARY 2016 – Millions will make a New Year’s resolution to reduce weight and become more fit.  But, virtually no one thinks about the quality or nature of their weight loss. They don’t focus on body composition.  Most simply don’t understand when we drop weight based solely on calorie restriction, we don’t just lose fat.  Muscle mass declines as well. 

Body composition metrics matter more as a fitness measure than weight

Body Composition

DECEMBER 2015 – The importance of body composition as a true measure of fitness and health has exploded in recent years.

The amount of muscle and body fat we each carry has become increasingly important in identifying peak fitness.  In fact, the NFL now sets up 6 BOD PODs at the NFL Combine every year.  They test the athletes to determine muscle mass and body fat.

BOD POD measures body composition

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NOVEMBER 2015 – Does muscle really weigh more than fat? The quick answer is, yes. By volume, muscle weighs approximately 18 percent more than fat.

The 600 human body muscles make up 40 percent of body weight. Muscle, along with bones, skin, organs and water make up lean body mass.

The rest is fat.

Yet ironically, most people when standing on a scale only think about fat. They think about losing fat when reducing weight.

Worse, they don’t understand shedding pounds by dieting only and without participating in weight training to maintain and build muscle, they aren’t just losing fat. They are also losing muscle.

Without scientific measurement, there’s no way to know how much muscle and fat, we lose.