I’m a little busy today, but since I promised an update on my fat loss progress on Twitter this morning I’m tapping out a quick post. (I have some free time over the weekend, so I’ll be back with more of that fat-busting know-how I know you’re all craving soon.)
I’ve had a good week. My diet has been pretty clean and my training felt good. In fact, over the last few days I’ve been feeling fitter and leaner than I have in ages. So, I was hoping for good news when I weighed myself this morning.
As mentioned in last Friday’s post, last time I weighed myself I was 61.6kg and that was after a fortnight of very little activity, so I was almost sure I was in for a big drop. My clothes felt loser and I could see the difference in the mirror too..
I also got my body fat reading. This is where it got interesting. It came out at 26%, which is a drop of 1% since last week.
This was a bit of a surprise because I would have expected a 1% drop in body fat to be accompanied by a larger drop in weight. The numbers didn’t really make sense.
Then it dawned on me – I did a bit of number crunching and calculated that I must have lost around 0.75kg of fat, but gained around 0.25kg of muscle.
Adding muscle to your body at the same time as shedding fat is notoriously difficult to pull off, so I’m pretty damned pleased with that!
I should mention that scales, body fat monitors, and even calipers, only give a rough estimate of what’s going on, none are 100%, so these figures will not be exact, and anyway, these numbers are very small, so I’m not talking about a huge difference, but this does provide a great illustration of why people who want to get leaner should not get hung up on weight.
When all’s said and done, weight itself is not important to me, what I’m interested in is getting leaner.
If I had only measured my weight I would’ve only seen 0.5kg drop, and wouldn’t have know that I’d actually lost 0.75kg in fat, 0.25kg of which has been replaced by a gain in lean muscle.
You probably know that, pound for pound, muscle is a lot smaller than fat, not to mention much more visually appealing on the body – just look at the representations on the right.
But the good news doesn’t end there. Muscle requires more calories to maintain in the body, so when you add muscle mass your metabolic rate increases. This basically means that the more muscle you have the more calories you burn, even when you’re resting.
So, if you’re with me in trying to get a better body I’d strongly urge you to measure more than just weight.
Progress Pics Coming Soon – Eek!
Next Friday will be almost two months since my first post on this blog, which seems like a good time to post some progress photos. Hopefully you’ll be able to see a decent improvement between those and my “before” pics. …Now that should help keep me on track for another week if nothing else does!