- amandamariefittWeight doesn't tell the whole story. 6 years ago I was 145 lbs but that 145 lbs was made up of a higher percentage of body fat and lower percentage of muscle. Literally the definition of skinny fat. Today I am still 145 lbs (occasionally 150 lbs) but with a much lower body fat percentage and a hell of a lot more muscle. 💪🏽 •
Using weight as a health tool may have a time and place but it's not the only aspect of your body to focus on. Body composition is so much more important than weight. Remaining inside a healthy BMI is still important (muscle does not weigh more than fat, a pound of feathers is the same weight as a pound of bricks and unless you are a professional bodybuilder who is carrying hundreds of pounds of muscle, BMI still matters.) Normal BMI has a large range though. As you work to build muscle, you should be lowering your body fat percentage. At 5'5, a 'healthy' weight is anywhere between 130-150 lbs. My body composition is more important than aiming for a number. Instead of focusing on my weight, I get a body scan about 2x a year to determine how much muscle I'm building and how much body fat I'm carrying. •
I'll keep saying this until I'm blue in the face... goal weights are silly. Goal weights have nothing to do with how you look or feel. Your body composition (muscle v. fat) has everything to do with how awesome you feel. Being 140 lbs with 23% body fat is a hell of a lot different than being 140 lbs with 19% body fat.
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- algae26I started running 3-5 times a week in June, and also doing calisthenics/lifting some (not a lot even) weights. I've "only" lost ~2 pounds but love the way I look so much more now!
- amandamariefitt@algae26 How you feel about yourself is all that matters! 'Only 2 lbs' means nothing. 👏🏽❤️👍🏽
- algae26Absolutely! That was my point 😊❤️
- thebhershTransformation Tuesday indeed! Awesome
- suezq4369Love this!! 🙌
- keelycolemanfitGorgeous body girl
- mydailymacros🙌🏻 how do find somewhere to get a body scan? I think that would be really interesting to get done
- amandamariefitt@mydailymacros search for a DEXA/DXA in your area. They are usually offered by universities or sports nutrition centers. ✌🏽(usually $100 for a scan. Worth it.) I think they are so amazingly helpful. I've been using mine to establish how much muscle I am adding every 6 months (about 13 lbs of muscle was added per my last scan!) and to keep tabs on my body fat percentage. Plus it shows where you carry fat, which is just as important for health. There are healthy and unhealthy places to carry fat. (Stomach = bad. Hips/thighs = better.)
- mydailymacrosI didn't know there were healthy and unhealthy places to carry fat... this is all so interesting. It looks like there is a place near me that does them, I'm totally going to check it out. Thank you!!
- amandamariefitt@mydailymacros Abdominal fat is the most dangerous type of fat, according to The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide. Visceral fat which is deep inside the abdomen around the internal organs poses the most serious health risks. (I'm not talking about a little bit of pudge around the belly. That's NORMAL. I'm talking about apple shaped bodies, where the majority of fat is mostly around the center of the body.) 👍🏽
- working_on_my_fitness@amandamariefitt that's me!!!! Most of my fat is belly fat 😫 I haven't found a dexa scan near me but I found a bod pod. I need to go
- amandamariefitt@working_on_my_fitness Oh you hush. You are working your tush off to get that body fat percentage down. You're amazing! Bod pods are another good choice. The only downside is they don't show you the areas in which your fat is stored but having an overall idea of your body composition is always a good thing! ❤️
- working_on_my_fitness@amandamariefitt ahhhhhh I just found one. I'm signed up for Saturday. 😬😬😬
- taneshawhiteCool 😄
- ironmoeBeen trying to figure this out for a few weeks now. Without a goal weight, or a desire to know the exact body fat (I switched from a withings to Garmin scale and "gained a bunch 😂") I used to have caliper measurements but to be honest, it's not the number I care about any more THANKS TO YOU! However, it makes goal setting a ton harder. Waist under 30". That's one. Should I just stick to that and keep working?
- chelseastika@alyak919 yes!!!!
- amandamariefitt@ironmoe Good question! I'll probably expand on this in another post. Obviously we need to have some form of measurement when it comes to establishing 'health.' Good goals (in terms of measurement - not getting into mental health or anything here) would be to aim for a healthy BMI range (18.5-24.8 for women), a waist under 31.5 inches (that is the standard measure for women), and an optimal 'muscle to fat' ratio. Other goals can be strength, endurance, or energy related.