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Using weight as a measurement has a number of pitfalls, and this definitely includes the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation:

  • Your weight will fluctuate day-to-day depending on what you eat, how hydrated you are and for other reasons
  • It doesn't show you how much body fat you have compared to muscle tissue. Lots of very fit, athletes are classified as overweight or obese using the BMI scale
  • Using just one figure adds stress and anxiety

How you do it: Instead of using just weight alone, add in measurements around key areas of your body, such as hips, waist, chest, upper arms and thighs. Take the measurements at the same time each day in the exact same way each time.

In addition, if you can get some scales which measure body fat percentage that's even better. Again, take the reading at the same time each day. Using all three ways you should build up a much better understanding of what is happening to your body shape. Often you will find that you might gain weight but lose body fat, if you are working out in the gym using resistance training.

Why do it: By removing the emphasis on weight alone, you no longer dread getting onto the scales so you remove the stress and anxiety of the process. It is also not accurate to use just your weight as a measurement of success or failure.

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