If you don’t test, it’s just a guess
The first step in making any kind of change is identifying exactly what you want to change. For example, saying that you want to lose weight is really too vague. Generally, losing weight is good but not if the weight loss comes from muscle loss (which can happen when your calories are severely restricted) or when the weight loss is primarily water loss (from dehydration and excessive sweating). I would suggest setting specific goals like I want to decrease body fat to get into a healthy range. Then, you can set even more specific goals like: 1) I want to eat 5-6 servings of vegetables daily 2) I want to drink 8-10 glasses of water each day or 3) I want to limit (or eliminate) fried foods or fast foods from my diet. It may be helpful to meet with a Nutrition or Fitness professional to help you set your goals and to create a road map for achieving your goals.
Then, it’s important to get a baseline for monitoring progress and staying motivated. Have you ever heard of the phrase, “a skinny fat person?” This is the person who looks thin but has low muscle tone and high body fat. I would argue that most of us would rather look a “little bigger” if it meant that we were a little healthier. The problem is that most of us really don’t know what “healthy” is… normal ranges for body fat and muscle mass and where exactly we are with respect to those variables. Using the scale to determine how we are doing is ok, but it doesn’t give us a complete picture of where we are and how we are doing in meeting our goals.
The InBody is a test that is available in the Fitness Center that will give you and your Fitness and/or Nutrition professional a picture of you from the inside out. Results show how your body weight breaks down… lean mass, fat mass, and intracellular & extracellular water and where the weight is distributed throughout your body. You will also find out where your percentages fall for these variables vs. where they should be (normal ranges). Additionally, you will get accurate information on your basal metabolic rate and how much weight you should actually lose to fall into your healthy range.
To find out more about the Inbody and how to schedule the test, call the Fitness Center at 495-1937 or stop by our front desk.