Scales are a household item across the UK, however millions of us could be fooled by their results according to educogym Canary Wharf.
A rising obesity epidemic in the UK is causing a huge worry and strain to medical professionals. Over 25% of people in the UK are obese and are in need of some serious fat loss, however with a million different ways to lose weight, how do you know when your scales could be wrong? “In terms of accuracy, the main reasons scales lie to you is that the weight on the scale doesn’t define your overall health, body fat percentage and more, your body can fluctuate depending on water intake, sodium intake, exercise, bloating, for women their time of month is also a variable, many people focus on the number without thinking about where that change in their weight has come from, on a day where you drank a lot of water and had a fair amount of sodium you could gain 3 pounds on the scale, this does not mean you gained three pounds of fat” explained Godfrey Nurse, educogym Canary Wharfs personal training coach.
If scales can fluctuate, why does everyone have them, and use them? “Obviously, overall scales are a good indicator that things are heading in the right direction, however those that are serious about getting into shape, by eating the right foods and working out will also want to take into consider muscle, muscle is what burns fat, what burns calories and so therefore what runs our metabolism, gaining a pound of muscle is a great thing, a pound of muscle burns 50-100 calories a day, but if the scales go up a pound due to training, the person weighing themselves may stress about the gain when in fact it was muscle, stress also releases hormones which increase weight gain, the person ends up in a vicious cycle when in fact they have very simply benefited their body far better than losing a pound of muscle” stated Orlstyne Wilson, personal trainer Canary Wharf.
With scales still being so trusted, and common in the UK and across the globe, educogym personal trainer Godfrey Nurse recommends an alternate option for a more accurate measure “at educogym in Canary Wharf, we do a full body fat analysis’, we do a full body measure using callipers, which is the most accurate way of calculating your body fat percentage as well as your lean muscle percentage, and then also tracks all your measurements from biceps and triceps to waist, legs and calves, educogym are based on a global award winning model with the best results ever conducted under university conditions, we cant give you the perfect results without doing the perfect measure”.
Personal training and weight training is slowly becoming more popular than traditional aerobics due to its successes and great fat loss results, and so more and more people will want an accurate measure to find out their true muscle gains and fat losses, so where do they go? “Most gyms should have someone trained in calliper measurements, so in theory just ask, unfortunately this isn’t always the case, many gyms have machines to measure your body fat and sadly these are extremely inaccurate, the machines work by sending waves through your body, the waves travel faster when going through lean tissue (muscle) and slower through fat, therefore giving you a measure, but if you have drank a lot of water for example, it can give an extremely inaccurate result leading people to think they are healthier, or unhealthier than they are. Obviously anyone is welcome to pop into educogym in Canary Wharf for a measure if they need to” said Orlstyne Wilson, personal trainer Canary Wharf.
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