It’s common for most dieters to keep an eye on the weighing scale when trying to lose weight. Of course, having a goal weight is important if you want to achieve a trimmer, healthier body. But lower weight isn’t everything!
The amount of body fat you have in your body is so much more important to track than the numbers on a scale.
If you are trying to boost your muscle mass or you want to speed up your metabolism, you have to have normal body fat percentage. Let’s face it: we can get a little obsessive about weight but it shouldn’t be the case at all. Lower body fat means having a trimmer, healthier frame!
What is Body Fat Percentage?
Body fat refers to the amount of fat you have in your body. For women, only 3% of body fat is all they need to live. But an average woman has around 25% to 32% body fat. Female athletes have around 15% body fat and women with washboard abs could have a body fat percentage of below 20%.
In men, the normal body fat percentage is round 18% to 25%. Anything beyond the normal body fat percentages in both men and women are considered overweight and/obese.
So why is body fat percentage more important than your actual weight? If you’re trying to lose weight because you want to have a healthier body, the numbers on the scale becomes less important. Because no matter what weight you have, if your body fat percentage is high, you’re not really healthy.
Rather than adopting a low-calorie, high-protein diet just to stay thin and lower your body fat, we recommend exercising daily for boosting muscle mass and eating more balanced meals. Below are other ways to lower your body fat percentage:
Do Strength Training
Strength training helps you achieve a trimmer, stronger body; increase metabolic rate; and burn more fat — even at rest! You don’t need to lift enormous weights every training session. Take baby steps; start with lighter ones and gradually increase the weights as you progress in your training.
Eat Balanced Meals
Rather than eating three big meals each day, we recommend eating five to six mini meals instead. This helps normalize the metabolic rate and helps you feel fuller for longer so you don’t overeat! In addition, don’t avoid carbs. Carbs are needed for energy and building lean muscles. Just choose a balanced meal consisting of lean protein and unrefined carbohydrates.
Do Cardio Training
You don’t need to get an expensive gym membership to do your daily cardio exercises. You can brisk walk or jog short distances. Focus on intense burst of cardio between resting periods. The key here is to keep the heart pumping to strengthen and improve circulation.
Got a lot of free time on your hands? Why not use these moments to get moving? Rather than watching reality TV after work, find a relaxing hobby like gardening or playing catch with your dog? If you’re trying to lower your body fat percentage, you need to take every free time you have as a chance to get some exercise!