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Weighing yourself down

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on September 14, 2016

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Why the number on the scales isn’t the most important factor for your health. 

We’ve all had that feeling: when you’ve been eating right, working out and you’re feeling good…until the second you step onto the scales. That number just hasn’t budged (or worse – you’ve GAINED weight!). Well, we’re here to tell you that your weight doesn’t tell the whole story when it comes to your health.

  1. It ain’t all about weight.
    How heavy you are (or aren’t) isn’t the only indicator of how healthy you are. Things like blood pressure and cholesterol levels are also super important, and aren’t tied directly to your weight.
  1. You’re missing the big picture
    The number on the scales, and even your BMI (Body Mass Index) can tell you how heavy you are overall, but what it can’t tell you is where that weight is coming from. Muscle weighs more than fat, so if you’re not seeing a change in weight (even though you’re hitting the gym AND your diet plan), it could be that you’re actually converting fat to muscle. This means you’re healthier, even though you’re not seeing a change in that magic number.
  1. Fitness is your friend
    Your fitness level is another super important measure of your health – and, you guessed it, your weight can’t tell you anything about that. The fitter you are, the less likely you are to develop type 2 diabetes, as well as live longer!
  1. Fix your focus
    We’ve been told for so long – by the media, celebrities, and clothing brands – that thin is best. With all this pressure on us to get that beach body even in winter, it’s no wonder we’re hung up on our weight. It’s important to remember that weight isn’t the number one in being healthy OR in being able to look incredible in a pair of bathers.

 

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