What Should I Track? Weight, Body Fat, or Muscle?

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Do you have a goal weight?  What about a goal body composition that takes into account muscle?

One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to lose weight is simply eating less.  That can result in quick weight loss, but much of the weight lost will be muscle.

Muscle is worth its weight in gold when it comes to overall health, longevity, performance, feeling good, and that toned look that we all want. 

The last thing we want to do when pursuing our goal weight is lose even an ounce of muscle. If weight alone doesn’t tell us what we need to know, what does?

What about BMI (Body Mass Index)? BMI is a calculation of weight divided by height and gives a very rough estimate of body fat percentage which does not take into account muscle mass variation between individuals.

If you have a lot of muscle, BMI can wrongly label you “obese,” while if you have very little muscle, BMI may indicate “normal” when you may actually have a high body fat percentage and be in poor overall health.  

To get a better picture of what matters most, we use the InBody body composition analyzer which measures muscle as well as body fat, giving a more accurate number for percent body fat. 

With data from the InBody, we can make sure that the weight you’re losing is body fat, not muscle, and that the weight you’re adding is muscle, not body fat – keeping you on track to feeling, performing, and looking the way you want.   

Weight training and fueling your body properly are the keys to burning fat while building muscle.

Your membership at CrossFit Reverb includes a quarterly body composition analysis and goal review with your coach where we make sure your training and nutrition plans are set up correctly for your specific goals.  Book it today if you haven’t already!



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