People become so obsessed with the number on the scale when their focus should be directed to fitness. Fitness encompasses overall health. Being a normal weight or even thin does not mean healthy. Body composition goes beyond a number. It is composed of fat mass and lean mass meaning that the number on the scale can remain the same but due to regular exercise, fat mass is replaced with lean mass making weight insignificant to a degree.
As stated, weight only involves lean mass and fat mass. It ends there but fitness is measured by the performance of your cardiovascular system, respiratory system, muscle strength, and flexibility making it a more comprehensive measurement. With a well-designed fitness plan that includes cardiovascular exercise, resistance training, and flexibility training, fitness needs are fulfilled across the board.
Aerobic fitness will improve considerably with regular cardio and that improvement will eventually increase stamina and endurance. As for resistance, this form of training causes muscles to become stronger and more resilient. In addition to making the body stronger and improving appearance, resistance training brings another benefit. This benefit is the afterburn effect which is essentially a temporary metabolic boost. Lifting weight causes the body to continue to burn calories post workout. This effect can last up to 24 hours after exercise. Lastly, flexibility training is a requirement in any fitness plan since it helps avoid injury and keeps the body mobile.
Fitness is also more important than weight because growing obsessed with the number on the scale creates a negative cycle that often leads to developing a poor body image. Putting in the effort only to see the number on the scale remain the same or go up is discouraging. The thing is, your total body weight does not accurately reflect the progress made. Instead, pay attention to your body. Observe how it looks and feels, the way your clothing fits and how you perform during your workouts.
Although fitness is more important than weight loss, being in a healthy weight range is crucial. The way to stay in a healthy range is with exercise and a nutritious diet. Make the required lifestyle changes and commit to them. Obesity negatively affects the heart, increases the risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure but do not let your weight define you. Thin isn’t in. Fitness and feeling good in your body is.