Michele Cannell

Fitness professional certified in Personal Training, Wellness, CPR/AED, Cycling, Pilates, YogaFit, Tai Chi, and living with Celiac Disease.

Total Weight or Body Fat? Which Should You Focus On?

How many times do you weigh yourself per week? Ones, twice, three times or more? Sit back and think why am I getting on that scale? Is it to see success or failure? It’s one number. You are either a few pounds closer to that magical number or a few pounds away from that number.

While you are sitting back and thinking.  How do you feel when you are about to step on that scale and how do you feel when you step off? You’ve heard the saying, “it’s just a number”. Okay, so let me explain. The number on the scale does represent your total body weight. It doesn’t show that you are more physically fit or that you are developing lean muscle mass while your losing body fat.  It simply shows your weight. Where is the encouragement?

If you kept track of your body fat, you would be able to know that your exercise routines are working. Even if your weight stayed the same, you would see your lean muscle mass increase and your body fat decrease which means success. Even if you saw the body fat increase and the lean mScale or No Scale uscle decrease, you would know that your diet and/or fitness program needs to change. Knowledge is power and knowing your body fat breakdown gives you more power!