Tom2013's Journal, 30 January 2013

Rethinking my whole approach here...

Society, including this website, focuses on weight. But really, isn't this about the ratio of muscle-to-fat?

Several weeks ago I went on a business trip and did not seriously lift weights for about 2-3 weeks. Thought I would gain weight, but to my surprise, I lost 1.6 lbs!

However, a measurement of my waist revealed that it was exactly the same. A measurement of my chest also revealed that I had lost an inch. My 1.6 lbs of weight loss was pure muscle.

So now I'm re-thinking everything. For someone actively running and lifting, why am I tracking weight at all? Perhaps I should be focusing more on chest and waist measurements.

I've also started reading a book, "You on a Diet", that states that your waist measurement is better predictor of overall health than weight.

Diet Calendar Entries for 30 January 2013:
2160 kcal Fat: 84.62g | Prot: 102.90g | Carb: 251.28g.   Breakfast: egg beaters, vitafusion, multigrain flaxseed, blueberries. Lunch: atkins chocolate, muscle milk vanilla, powerbar fruit, orange. Dinner: lay's bar, pepper jack , soymilk, subway blt. more...
3230 kcal Activities & Exercise: Walking (moderate) - 3/mph - 10 minutes, Running - 6/mph - 1 hour and 20 minutes, Resting - 14 hours and 30 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
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Good Idea....Most of the people on this site are all about fad diets. It doesn't work.  
30 Jan 13 by member: Sirick
I've heard that most weight loss associated with fad diets is based on water and muscle loss. Never tried one, so couldn't stay for certain.  
30 Jan 13 by member: Tom2013
You're right. Most people want to reduce their body fat %, not necessarily their weight. Two different people with the same weight can look very different and be in very different condition, depending on their body composition. And since it's entirely possible to increase your weight while lowering your body fat %, weight is a poor metric. 
30 Jan 13 by member: Nimm


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