ideal weight – what it means


omron body scale weight
I’m ranging 35-37% for muscle percentages

I know from experience that people get addicted to weighing themselves on a scale. I see it at the gym all the time. Some will weigh in both before and after a workout. As if losing a liter of water weight from sweating, has any significance in the longer term. Perhaps they don’t realize they lost water and not fat. And therein lies the problem. Our bodies consist of more than fat. There’s muscle, bone, ligaments, water, fat, the burrito we ate for lunch, the soda we washed it down with. And all these things fluctuate continuously, some fluctuate more than others. So how does an overall body weight measurement tell us anything?

body fat muscle composition ratios
not much movement in my fat-muscle ratios yet…

Well, without context it doesn’t. This is the conclusion I came to and why I just purchased a scale that does more than show me how much I weigh. This OMRON unit shows me body fat, muscle, BMI, resting metabolism, among other things. I have issues with its accuracy, but think its perfectly fine for following trends in my ratios. I also bought some calipers to measure my body fat percentages the old fashioned way. Both the calipers and the scale show a body fat percentage hovering on the 20s.

I’m in a healthy average range for my age, no real complaints there. But I think 20% body fat is not ideal for someone who wants to do above average times for running. I’m not caring at all what my overall weight is, just this fat to muscle ratio, and perhaps the resting metabolism once I understand more about it. So in the next few months I hope to convert some fat into muscle. Perhaps I’ll even stay at my current weight when all is said and done.

I’ll have to tweak my diet as well as change some of my workouts to achieve this, might be easier said than done. We’ll see if I can get the numbers to move over the next few months.