How many times have you looked at the scale and been afraid to step on it? Many people have feared the scale for various reasons, most because they don’t want to see that high number appear in front of them. Unfortunately in order to lose weight you need to stand on the scale so you can see your progress, right? To some degree this is true, because it’s necessary to know how much you weigh. However, progress shouldn’t be focused on the scale but should instead be focused on the percentage of body mass on a person.
Measuring body mass is accomplished through measuring body fat percentage which is necessary in order to see if a person is really making progress. The way this works is by using a machine that calculates the body fat percentage (many personal trainers or gyms should have this machine). Once you know what your body’s fat percentage is you multiply that by the number showing on the scale. That number is your body’s fat mass. That fat mass will then be subtracted from the weight showing on the scale. The resulting number is your lean mass—your organs, water, bones and muscle mass within your body.
If you have a lower body fat percentage it’s going to be harder for you to lose weight than someone that has a higher body fat percentage, so there’s no reason to get discouraged if your partner is losing weight faster than you if your partner has a higher body fat percentage.
In regards to knowing where you stand on the scale of obesity based off of your body’s fat percentage here is a list:
-10 percent and below is very lean
-11 to 15 percent is lean
-16 to 20 percent is average
-20 percent and over is obese
-20 percent and under is very lean
-21 to 25 percent is lean
-26 to 34 percent is average
-34 percent and over is obese
So determining where you stand on that list is a factor for how hard you need to work out. The average goal for decent fat loss is three percent every 4 to 6 weeks which can only happen by eating right and continuing to work out. Don’t be frightened by the scale any longer, know what percentage of fat you have in your body and how well that is going down so you can really know how well you are progressing.