Fit tip: Ditch the scales

The Gym fit tip - Ditch the scales

HEALTH:

When trying to trim down, the numbers you see on the scales can really make or break your mood and motivation. However, it is a mistake to assume that your weight is always a true measure of your progress. If you are exercising regularly you may be putting on muscle whilst losing fat (thus losing inches without losing pounds). It's therefore a better idea to take regular body measurements rather than simply rely on weight.

EXERCISE:

Muscle is three times more metabolically active at rest than fat. Your body therefore uses up additional calories for every extra pound of muscle you put on, helping to increase your metabolism and energy expenditure even when you’re not moving. Training with weights just 3 times a week for around 20 minutes is enough to help you build muscle. Not only will you be stronger and more flexible but you’ll look leaner and fitter, whatever your weight.

NUTRITION:

You don't need to overeat to build muscle, but it is important to focus on the quality of your food choices. Rather than consuming empty calories, choose natural, nutritious foods that your body can really benefit from. Ensure that each of your meals contains at least one form of fruit or vegetables, a small portion of whole grains (such as brown rice, wholemeal bread or whole wheat pasta) and a good, lean protein source.

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