What Does It Mean. . .Weight vs Inches

copyright Karen UlvestadOften, we are led to believe that what the scale reads indicates our level of health. We go to the doctor, and they weigh us. They talk to us about our weight, and health issue we can encounter if we weigh too much. In truth, it is only on defining factor to over-all health. The other piece of the puzzle is body measurements.

Body measurements are an indication of the tone or fitness of our muscles. It is possible to take inches off without losing weight. When the muscles become stronger, the inches decrease. To do this in a healthy way, it requires exercise, or burning calories.

Definition of calories – a measurement of energy; it is the fuel for the body. Too many calories turn into body fat, and each pound is 3500 calories. Too little calories force the body into starvation mode, which burns muscle instead of fat. Losing excessive body fat is a balance between calorie intake and burning calories through physical activity.

When monitoring the effectiveness of an exercise routine, it is best to use your body’s measurements. An example of why is that two individuals weight 165 lbs and are 5′ 6″ tall. One individual has a waist measurement of 34″ and the other is at 30″. Both are the same height. In general, what this indicates is that the second individual is more fit than the first, which equates to more lean body mass (muscle).

So, how do we lose inches?

The best way to lose inches is to increase physical activity, and decrease calorie intake. Our extra fat stores are 3,500 calories (per pound) that can be converted back into energy through this process. The change is easy in theory, but may be challenging in practice. Increased physical activity could mean parking further away from the grocery store entrance or gardening to taking a brisk walk or starting an exercise program.

When our bodies move, we burn calories. We increase our metabolism (the body’s way of processing calories from food). We release endorphin into our blood stream, and feel better. When we feel better, we eat less food. We eat less food, which allows our body to start burning the stored calories in our excessive fat stores. It’s a cycle. . .it’s a lifestyle. . .

To beginning a healthy lifestyle. . .


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I am a published professional artist/photographer and writer. I received my Bachlors of Art degree from the University of Washington in English Composition. My background in Art and Photography stems from my youth, and various intensive workshops through the years.

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