Stay off the Scale & Lose Body Fat!


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You get up every morning and you get on the scale. Why? There’s some sense of diligence and deep inside you want a way to make sure your weight is staying the same. My question is who cares what your weight is doing if you can’t fit into those jeans ladies or your belt still hasn’t gone over a single notch in the right direction gentlemen?

The scale neglects to take in a key factor and that is your ratio of fat to muscle. Muscle is very dense so it takes up less space but weighs more. Fat is not as dense, weighs less than muscle but takes up much more space.

A few more useful indicators of your progress is to measure body fat and overall fitness.

How do your jeans fit? Are your clothes any looser than they were previously and do you feel more comfortable in them?

Do you feel less exhausted than you did before? Are you able to move up and down steps, breathing easier and feeling less fatigued?

How about your overall strength? Have your sets and reps at the gym improved? Are you able to lift heavier than before, endure more reps?

Stop letting the scale, pounds and kilograms run you into the ground mentally when you’re making loads of progress all around, looking and feeling better. You may find that your stress over the scale is doing more to inhibit your progress than anything.

By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT

Health & Performance Coach

Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd

With a degree in Physiology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Sports & Fitness Management, Rich combines his knowledge of rehabilitation and sports performance as well as nutritional studies to provide a complete and holistic approach to training clients. The focus is on lifestyle change which creates long term health.


About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

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