Being Fit Beats Being Skinny
With the media craze focused around fit celebrities and photoshopped perfection, being overweight is a difficult problem to deal with in today’s society. And, as weight loss goals become increasingly obsessed with the numbers on our scales, attention is drawn away from the big picture when it comes to following a healthier lifestyle.
Fat vs. Muscle
In most cases, a person who decides to go on a diet focuses on what number they want to show on their scale to be the goal of their accomplishment. But, studies show that the number on the scale really doesn’t mean much when it comes to weight loss. Fat loss is a process that replaces fat with muscle which leads to better fitness and a leaner figure. While some argue that a pound is a pound either way, muscle is actually denser than fat, causing it to weigh more. But, muscle also burns calories much quicker than fat does. Muscle burns seven to ten calories per pound daily. This leads to a more toned and overall slimmer physique.
Find Your Focus
If your overall focus is to be skinny, then work to hit your desired number on the scale. But, if you want to improve your overall health and have a better body, fit is the new skinny these days. Focus on overall wellness. Build more muscle. A healthier lifestyle allows you to be more active. Success can’t always be measured over a scale. Once you have achieved a healthier lifestyle, you will find yourself with more energy and a greater comfort in your skin. Finding your way to a healthier lifestyle leads to a life that is more fun for the whole family. And it leads to less of a likelihood for eating disorders to develop.
As the saying goes “fit is the new skinny.” Whether you are looking to lose weight to catch the attention of your loved one, focusing on finding a way to motivate your children to be healthy, or just looking to feel better about yourself, start by focusing on making a change that will give you a high fitness level. Once this is achieved, the leaner figure will follow.