Is Body Fat Percentage Important?

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Does Body Fat Percentage Matter?

There is mounting evidence that your body fat percentage is a far more important biometric (health factor) than your weight. Measuring body fat percentages and body part inches are considered more accurate forms of tracking fitness and health progress as opposed to using scales alone.

Second only to your own perceived appearance in the mirror, body fat percentage is important when deciding to start any fitness, diet or weight loss program. Understanding the importance of  your body fat percentage and learning how to lower are equally important.

 

Why is your body fat percentage important?

 

  1. Scales measure only weight, a 150 pound woman weighs 150 pounds regardless of whether here body fat percentage is 15% or 50%, but those two extremes would appear very differently in a mirror.
  2. Better method to track progress. If your fitness goal includes reducing fat and increasing lean muscle mass, your scale will not help track your progress, or lack of progress. To accurately measure fat loss and muscle gain, use your body fat percentage as a base.
  3. Too little or too much? Your body fat insulates, cushions, regulates body temperature and stores fuel for emergencies, but too much fat causes problems and increases your risk of chronic diseases and conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, etc. How do you know where you stand in regards to lean-to-fat ratio if you do not measure it?
  4. Determine your ideal body fat percentage and make that your new goal. If your current goal is to lose XX pounds, consider switching to “I will decrease my body fat from 35% to 25% in 3 months.” Losing pounds is similar to “I will stop smoking”, they both have negative connotations and are successful through eliminating or depriving your body. While decreasing body fat can be achieved by positive actions, clean eating, exercise and increasing lean muscle. No calorie counting required.


How is Body fat measured?

There are several different methods for measuring body fat, some are more accurate than others. Hydrostatic weighing, being submerged in a huge tank, and other high-tech approaches are expensive and difficult to find. There are also hand-held electronic devices and scales which measure body fat, these are often inaccurate. As your fitness professional what they have access to to get a baseline. I’m had been using the Bod Pod and I’m now using a Styku for measurements.

How much fat? Women have much higher levels of essential fat relative to men due to physiological differences including hormones, breasts, and sexual characteristics. An example of recommended body fat percentages:

 

Fit Female: 21-245%

Average Female: 25-31%

Obese Female: Over 32%

 

Fit Male: 14-17%

Average Male: 18-24%

Obese Male: Over 25%

 

Are You Trapped in a Sugar Addiction?

Hey, you guys, welcome to day number two of our Sugar Shakedown. By now you know I’m Stacey, and know all the videos won’t be from the office although I do spend a lot of time in here running my business. Let’s talk about sugar addiction and how this impacts our results as it relates to health and fitness.

 

So far, I wanted to check in and if you’re here, and it’s day number two of you being in our group, then don’t forget, day number one do a weigh-in with measurements. Drink plenty of water, and you may find that on day number two, you start to feel kind of irritable, a little cranky. That’s okay. Because I know what I feel like when I do something like this or if I have to do a ketogenic diet. I get quite cranky.

Today we’re going to talk about what keeps us in the sugar trap. I want to hear from you about what keeps you in the sugar trap. Cravings are basically a cycle. The more sugar we eat, the more sugar we crave, the more sugar and salt we eat, the more sugar and salt we crave. At some point we have to break that cycle in order to be able to get out of the loop.

Sugar really is an addictive substance. The more of it that we eat, the more of it that we want. At some point, as you begin to taper it off from your meals, you’ll see that you’ll need less of it. If you’re under a lot of stress, and you feel like you’re a stress eater, then you may to tend to want more sugar. Sugar can find it’s way into your life because you’re under stress, like you’re stressed at work, you’re stressed at home, you’re not getting the sleep that you want, and you reach for something that you think is helpful

Sometimes people are eating unknown sugars and they’re eating lots of things that are unknown. For example, we sometimes think of sugar as just cupcakes and cookies, but in reality, there’s lots of hidden sugars in things like ketchup, barbecue sauce, granola bars, sugar … what do you call those? Energy drinks. I don’t drink energy drinks, but energy drinks and protein drinks. There’s a lot of sugar and fake sugars in those.

If you’re in our group then you will be able to see that I posted a chart of hidden sugars, so that you can take this chart with you as you go out this week and as you are reading your labels you can learn more about where certain hidden sugars are. What are the names, or the secret names that manufacturers use to place sugar in your food and not necessarily tell you? You’ll also find that when you’re buying items, if something taste like a cupcake, or it taste like chocolate, or it’s got … Taste like, there’s something that I saw earlier today, it tasted like, basically it was a sugar substitute. Those also keep you in the loop of eating more sugar.

Be mindful of what you’re eating. Read the labels. I want to know from you. What do you feel like is your trigger and what keeps you in the sugar loop?