What Is Your Body Composition and Why Does It Matter More Now?

Body composition knowledge is mandatory for success in fitness after 50. You’re over 50 and you weigh all the time. If you don’t know your body composition, what you think is success could be driving you into muscle loss that will slow your metabolism. On this episode I cover all things fat, metabolism, and body composition that you need to know.

Typical measures for fitness or diet programs include:

  • Weight
  • Inches
  • BMI
  • Body fat

What about Fat Matters:

  • Where it’s stored
  • Belly fat – visceral fat
  • Hips-thighs-butt-arms
  • Clues Your Risk
  • Clues how to Lose it

Diet Effect

Carbohydrates: Every 1 part carb store 3 parts water.

Reduce carbs… lose water weight

Do you keep it off?

Do you suffer with effort in movement activity?

You can switch your body’s preference for burning carbs for fuel to burning fat

  • Low level of exercise with low intake of carb
  • Gradually increasing intensity of exercise as comfort at higher intensity for longer periods becomes possible

Signs you’re not crossed over to fat burning … or you’re exercising too hard… you have to stop when you should be doing an endurance day… and it feels like an interval.

Fat Hormones Intel

Adiponectin >< Insulin

With a loss of muscle tissue you have a loss of metabolism. Body composition changes for the worse even while you’re celebrating the scale.

So if you burn 800 calories a day for your resting metabolism before a diet, and you lose muscle mass you may only burn 600 calories a day after the diet. You have to eat less and less to maintain a loss in weight.

And every signal in your body works to tell you you’re hungry or simply slows in i’s fuel burning so you don’t lose weight – and usually both – though some lose their appetite.

Unfortunately, loss of appetite is not a good sign, nor is being hungry and ignoring it.  That is what shuts hormone signaling off.

Exercise

On average you can lose 4 pounds fat gain 3 pounds muscle in 4 weeks with traditional strength training. That’s not a big change in the scale but it is a positive change in body composition.

That happens only with:

  • high quality protein intake
  • at the right time and frequency during the day
  • quality and quantity of sleep that improves hormones responsible for lean mass and decreases hormones that prevent fat loss
  • while you’re doing strength training with adequate overload
  • getting adequate rest and recovery between sessions

Without tracking body composition (fat weight and lean weight) you simply don’t know if your diet or exercise or both are hurting or helping your long term fitness and health.

After 50 you have a lot less time to be guessing. Gaining lean muscle requires a more focused program. You have less of the hormones that help you so you’ve got to optimize them. You have more opportunities for stress hormones that interfere.

Body Composition Optimization Summary:

  • Make the most of your exercise time.
  • Give it purpose.
  • Make your exercise nutrition help you burn more not store more.
  • Put simple daily habits to work for you.
  • Test, don’t guess your muscles mass and fat mass.
  • Stop the crazy online “research” when you get advice from a voice you trust: follow it.

How to test:

  • Your bathroom scale (should include fat percent if it doesn’t!)
  • A fitness center or gym
  • Any private personal trainer
  • Your doctor or health clinic

Need support?

The 28 Day Kickstart includes 4 live group coaching sessions.

Fit U program is for fat loss when you have over 20 pounds to lose.

For either program, body composition prior is going to help you get the most out of it by setting the best goals.

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Shoulder
Circumference outside of both arms, at the armpit

Right Triceps
Halfway btwn shoulder & elbow, arm extended.

Hips
Find the widest point of girth at the hips

Right Thigh
Standing with weight on both legs, measure halfway between knee cap and hip flexor

Right Calf
Standing with weight on both legs, find the largest point of calf.

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Chest
Measure from the rib cage just under breasts at bra line

Waist
At the belly button/umbilicus

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