Measure Your Fitness Progress Using Body Composition Scales

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Summer is a season that multitudes of people physically and psychologically prepare for. Weight and fitness trainers and organizations take this opportunity to advertise their services and products to enthusiastic individuals who would like to acquire an attractive body. This trend is rampant in the United States and is colloquially known as getting a summer body. To get into the right shape, one requires a fitness regimen that includes a healthy diet coupled with physical exercise at least four times a week.

The fitness program can be a daunting and taxing process that requires the mental fortitude to push your body to its limits in order to meet your fitness goals. It is vital to remember that fitness is much more than just an attractive body. It is about adapting a healthy lifestyle that is beneficial to one’s life. A healthy lifestyle boosts your immunity and is beneficial to your general wellbeing.

It is common for persons undertaking a weight loss program to have a weighing scale in their bathroom to track their progress. Often, these individuals have a book where they log in their weight every week just to see how much they have lost. This can be in either kilograms or pounds This is a common practice even in weight loss television shows, like The Biggest Loser, where contestants are weighed every week to monitor their progress. The weighing scale is a vital source of data that can inform a trainer when it is time to switch to a more rigorous training program.

However, as you continue exercising, one may experience a weight plateau. A weight plateau is a common scenario where your weight stagnates and your experience little to no weight loss. It is possible for an individual to adhere to an exercise plan and still not lose any weight. Furthermore, as one progressively increases the intensity of their workout, they begin to build muscle which is far heavier than fat. A weighing scale might indicate an increase in weight, consequently discouraging a person.

An alternative way to measure progress is using body composition scales or rather body fat scales. These scales measure the fat composition in the body. They are used just like a regular weighing scale would be used, but work in an entirely different way.

On stepping on the scale, an electrical current, passes through the tissues of your body. The electrical current travels up one leg, and down the other. Muscle contains much more water than fat, offering much less resistance during the transmission of this electrical current. The scale then takes the reading of the resistance. On the display, the body fat percentage computed is indicated. This unique technology is abbreviated as BIA, which stands for Bioelectric Impedance Analysis.

 

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