Monday, April 16, 2007
Get Smart About Your Scale
Daily weigh-ins aren’t such a bad thing if they help you to recognize how your weight naturally fluctuates throughout the day. Your weight can change in response to everything from what you eat and drink to whether or not your bladder and bowels are empty. Putting these weight fluctuations into perspective can help you avoid freaking out the next time you step on the scale after eating dinner, only to find you’ve gained three pounds. Food and beverages obviously weigh something, so don’t be unhappily surprised when the scale shows it. You will not gain three pounds from eating three pounds of food and drink; many foods are partially indigestible, especially fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which will be excreted from the body. Water from the beverages you drink will also be either used to maintain fluid balance within the body or excreted as urine. The calories from the foods you do digest will either be burned for energy or put away in storage. Weight gain comes into play when food or calorie-laden beverages are eaten in excess, and the extra calories are stored in the body as fat. So what really counts are the number of calories you eat and not the number on the scale after you eat. Weigh yourself in the morning before you have anything to eat or drink and after you empty your bladder and bowels. This is your true weight, and the one you should be comparing your weight loss goals to.
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- Glen Edward Mitchell
- Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States
- Is the Founder of Fitness Builders 4 Life,the WorkOut GEM,G350,G180, G90, Eat 4 Life, Clean, Lean & Mean & Ask Glen. The mission of the Fitness Builders is to provide the community with health education and to empower people to change unhealthy lifestyles thereby increasing life expectancy. By educating the community on healthier lifestyle practices it is the intent of Fitness Builders to reduce the ravages of obesity, heart disease, cancer and other lifestyle or self inflicted diseases. Glen is also a AMA Certified Nutrition Specialist and a ACE, ACSM, NASM Certified Personal Trainer has 30+ years in Sports, Exercise Science and Nutritional Food Management, Learning and Mentoring Men and Women on a more Mental & Physical Healthy Life Style consisting of a low fat, low salt, Low carbohydrate, high protein, organic nutrition which also includes moderate exercise and mental awareness. Stay Informed, Live long and be Mentally and Physically Healthy! Any questions? Ask Glen!