Body Weight or Volumes: What Is More Objective?

Most people believe that body weight is the main criterion of a beautiful and good-looking figure. And sometimes a person starts a path to better health and more attractive appearance but the arrow of the scales refuses to move... Thus, the person believes that they makes some mistakes regardless of the fact that the body volumes gradually decrease. But that is wrong!

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Most people believe that body weight is the main criterion of a beautiful and good-looking figure. And sometimes a person starts a path to better health and more attractive appearance but the arrow of the scales refuses to move… Thus, the person believes that they makes some mistakes regardless of the fact that the body volumes gradually decrease. But that is wrong!

Body weight is not the only indicator of health and beauty. You might be on the right track, even if your body weight is still the same.

Why weight is not the main indicator?

What is more important: body weight or volumes? Usually we count weight in kilograms, especially when we talk about body loss or gain. It is much easier to measure yourself on scales then with a measuring tape. Medicine has a slightly different approach – the body mass index (BMI) – that determines the ratio of a person’s weight and height.

But even BMI is not entirely correct, because it does not take into account the body volumes. For example, sports or rehabilitation medicine takes into account volumes in its formulas. But in practice, most people do not use this approach.

In most cases, floor scales correctly determine change in the condition of a person’s body. However, there can be exceptions, for example if density of the human body changes. Then weight and BMI are no longer considered the main indicators of the body condition.

Why does the body density change?

You have probably seen rather heavy people but looking slim. At the same time another person’s weight is within normal limits but he looks puffy and has a belly. What’s the reason?

The fact is that body weight is not determined only by fat. The body has many other tissues and the weight also depends on the width and density of bones, condition of muscles, and degree of hydration of tissues. Body weight can vary a lot, and be influenced by a full intestine and bladder.

Fat is a light body tissue. Muscles, bones and even water are denser than fat. Therefore, even if weight has not changed, but your volumes have decreased, you have definitely had a progress, because ratio of fat in the body has probably decreased, which means that you are on a right track!

In most cases when volumes decrease, but weight is stable, it means an overall improvement in the condition of your body. As a rule, circumference of hips, waist and other parts of the body decreases if you lose some fat, and build up your muscles instead. Muscle tissue is denser and heavier than fat. Regular physical training boost density of your body – you become more slender and fit, but the weight does not change.

 

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