What is Body Composition? Why Should You Be Concerned?
Want to really know what that number on your scale represents? How much muscle do you have? How much is body fat? How much is water?
Why do I need to know how much muscle/fat I have?
No matter what your goals are in the gym or with your fitness – whether it’s gaining muscle and becoming stronger, getting toned, or simply losing fat – tracking your progress by using your body composition data is one of the best ways to get results. This means tracking your changes in:
- Body Fat Percentage
- Lean Body Mass
- Body Fat Mass
- Skeletal Muscle Mass
“I want to lose 10 pounds of fat”
When people say they want to lose “weight”, it’s safe to assume that they really want to lose fat. You don’t want to lose muscle – muscle is metabolically active tissue that serves many important roles: from maintaining your metabolism to supporting healthy bone density to keeping a healthy immune system.
It’s likely that some muscle loss will occur when you try to lose fat, so by monitoring the changes in your body composition, you’ll be able to keep an eye on this and minimize any losses that may occur by making the necessary corrections in your diet and exercise program.
Sometimes, you start a fitness journey because you have a special event coming up. Maybe you’re going on a vacation and you want to have a rocking’ body when you hit the beach. Maybe there’s a wedding coming up, and you want to make sure you fit into a new/favorite dress.
Point is: there’s a deadline you want results by, and you want a solution that will help you get there. This is a really common situation, so common that nearly every fad diet or gimmicky product makes time deadlines a critical part of their marketing. These diets and products all claim to solve an immediate problem, which makes people feel better, and which is why popular magazines just love promoting them.
There are no shortcuts to losing weight, gaining muscle in a very short amount of time. But instead, by tracking your progress by tracking your changes in body composition, you can actually set real goals with real results that you can actually achieve.