A weighty issue - Corefit Newcastle

Just about everyone I know has wanted to lose weight at some stage.

Weight loss is ingrained in our culture and everyone wants to lose a few kilos before the wedding, to fit in the new dress or to look great for the school reunion.

9 out of every 10 clients who see us have weight loss as one of their goals.

Weight loss is a billion-dollar industry and a favourite conversation topic. It’s this exposure that leads to it being such a popular goal amongst clients.

So, this begs the question, just how important is a person’s weight?

The simple answer is that it’s not important when taken on its own.

The main problem with measuring weight alone is that it doesn’t consider the body composition of the individual.

Jumping on the scales doesn’t determine your distribution of body fat, bone and muscle mass. I’ve seen many people revolutionise their health and only drop a minimal amount of weight.

Why does this happen?

Well in any good exercise program there should be a combination of cardiovascular and weight training. 

This weight training will lead to an increase in lean muscle tone, which is essential for boosting your metabolism and reducing your body fat. Muscles are much denser than fat and can therefore weigh more whilst taking up 1/3 the space.  

If you are seeking to determine the effectiveness of your exercise routine, you can always take your body fat % from body fat scales or take girth measurements like we do.

Notice how government health campaigns focuses on waist and hip girths rather than weight.

In fact, many of our clients are aware of their success when their clothes become looser  

So, please don’t obsess with those damn scales! You’re likely enhancing your health dramatically with reduced fat mass, better sleep, more energy, reduced girth measurements and improved fitness and yet nothing has moved on the scales, which is still great!


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