Wait!!! What's the big deal with weight??? We get so hung up on the number on the scale, when it doesn't even reveal the true picture to us. Your bathroom scale can only measure your body mass in pounds (or kilograms), but is completely indifferent to your body composition. A scale can make someone seem overweight...even if they are not over fat, and vice-versa. You see, a scale can not possibly tell you what you body's fat mass (or lean mass) is. It is important to point out that anyone trying to lose "weight" is really trying to lose fat...not necessarily weight.
Let's also take a close look as to why during a weight loss program (combining diet and exercise), there are times when weight loss slows, stops, or even reverses. Now read this carefully...despite the fact that your weight loss may have slowed, stopped, or that you may have gained a few pounds, you still can be loosing fat and gaining lean body mass.
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The magic number that we need to look at here is your body fat percentage. A healthcare professional, or Personal Trainer should be able to give you a fairly accurate, quick assessment of what your body fat is. Once we know that number, we can determine how much body fat you need to lose to be within a healthy range, and ultimately deduce approximately what your weight should be. Let's do the math so you can see what I'm talking about:
Tom is a 49 year old man who weighs 212 lbs, and has an estimated BF% (body fat) of 21.3%. His goal is to reach a BF% of 17% (which is in the "healthy" range for him).
STEP 1 - 100% - BF% = Lean Mass %
100% - 21.3% = 78.7%
STEP 2 - Body weight x Lean Mass % = Lean Mass
212 lbx x .787 = 167 lbs Lean Mass
STEP 3 - 100% - Desired BF% = Desired Lean Mass %
100% - 17% = 83%
STEP 4 - Lean Body Mass/Desired Lean Body Mass % = Desired Body Weight
167 lbs / .83 = 201 lbs
So you can see that the weight corresponding to the desired BF% of 17% is equal to 201 lbs for Tom. With regular aerobic activity, resistance training, and dietary management, he would need to lose approximately 11 lbs of fat weight to reach his goal of 17% BF.
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