I am writing this to, hopefully, clarify some misconceptions about weight. Many people view weight, when attempting to lose or gain weight, as a whole number of the overall scale weight. I feel that this is the improper way to view it. Weight is made up of many things including lean muscle, sinew, organs, body fat, bones, water, & more. When striving to lose “weight”, be certain that you are aiming to lose body fat, rather than an overall number on the scale. Often, when someone loses weight via dieting, they may lose some body fat, but sadly, they may also lose lean muscle tissue if their diet does not consist of adequate protein, carbohydrates, & good fats. Lowering calories too extremely, can attain weight loss, but it is often the wrong type of “weight” that is lost. The same may be said for those who are trying to gain weight, (or “bulk up”), for a specific sport or for weight training. Often, they focus all their efforts on calorie consumption without really knowing if they are consuming quality calories. This may result in a weight gain on the scale, but often much of that weight is body fat, rather than lean muscle tissue.
One of the worst examples of misconceptions of weight that is causing a great deal of confusion is the measurement of BMI, (or Body Mass Index). In my opinion, this is not a legitimate way of viewing weight. For example, I am 5′ 7″ tall and my scale weight is in the 180’s. According to the BMI charts, I am obese. There’s just one catch- BMI fails to give a break down of body fat, lean muscle, etc…. You see, my body fat percentage is 7.2%, and my weight consists of more lean muscle than others. Technically, I am not obese, but on that standard I am categorized as such. Sadly, many health care decisions, and even life insurance costs are being determined with this calculation. The word ridiculous doesn’t even come close to this bureaucratic blunder.
I want you all to see this clearly. Know that the weight on the scale is made up of several different categories of mass. Know that my goal is to help you to lose the right type of weight, which is body fat, and to maintain or gain only lean muscle. I will continue to guide you and inform you in such matters, as I feel that this concept of weight is being completely misdirected once again by the “powers that be.”
Enjoy the beautiful Spring weather, & stay the course toward your goals!!!
Until next month, John D.