Muscle Weighs More Than Fat: The Flawed BMI system

The BMI system (is in my opinion), one of the worst ways to research if you are a healthy weight. I mean come on, it’s the 21st century, we have all this technology etc. and we cannot switch to a less flawed system? Why don’t they measure your body fat percentage and such at a physical. Also, it doesn’t account for boobs (if you are a girl–sounds funny but hey I like to think that each of my boobs are def a couple of lbs). All I’m saying is that it is very likely, if you are in great shape that there is someone of equal height and weight as you in terrible shape and looks unhealthy and vice versa.

There is one saying that you will always keep hearing “muscle weights more than fat”. This is so true. I’m writing this because I used to be very uncomfortable about how much I weighed–even when I was perfectly normal. I was always big boned/athletic and weighed more than I thought I should (compared to my friends).

I find there are many people like this and you should not focus on the scale if you are healthy, fit, eat right, etc. The thing is you’ve heard muscle weighs more than fat–a pound of muscle in your body takes up significantly less space than fat does, so it will always weigh more. I don’t focus on the scale anymore as much and I refuse to tell my friends my weight but I know what weight is healthy for me because I lift weights and am more muscular–(so I definitely know when I packed on those extra pounds also).

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(via http//:health.howstuffworks.com)

I would say focus less on the scale number–last week at my gyno she told me she didnt believe i weighed as much as I actually did (not as an insult she was just like wow I would think you were about 15 lbs lighter), i’m not noticably ripped but i’m a strong person naturally and I work out.

The beauty of being a girl is that it is rude to ask a girl their weight. No one needs to know what your number is, you just need to feel comfortable in your body, and if your healthy I would even recommend stop weighing yourself and start taking measurements with a tape measurer of parts of your body–be more accurate to compare those to others. Also, this will help you know your healthy ‘number’.

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This is five lbs of fat compared to five lbs of muscle. Really puts things into perspective.

 

Quinoa Qinoa and Please More Quinoa!!!

I LOVE QUINOA. It is all the talk lately and there are just so many reasons why this is the best food and why it is AWESOME for trying to lose weight.

I wanted to share my love for quinoa because I feel it is a necessity for weight loss (well for me atleast). 

The many benefits of Qunioa:

-Quinoa satisfies my LOVE for carbs and it is so versatile.

-It contains antioxidents, it is a great source of fiber and a good source of iron!

-quinoa is one of the few non-animal protein foods that contain all 8 essential amino-acids!! This is great for vegans/vegetarians etc. (basically, it’s a complete protein).

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Those are just a few reasons why it is so good and healthy for you! For me I find it to be extremely satisfying and you can really do so much with it. I have used quinoa in salad, have made a quinoa salad, have made a quinoa stir fry, a quinoa casserole, quinoa muffins, quinoa bites–yummyy! Theres just so much you can do! It also only takes about 15 minutes to cook-which is always a plus (brown rice takes about 45 minutes).

 

DIET FAVORITE:

 

 

 

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SHAKE= 370 CALORIES!

This is one of my favorite shakes when i’m trying to lose weight for many reasons:

-It’s cheap to make 

-Healthy and satisfying

-and perfect for lunch/breakfast POST WORKOUT (just an awesome post workout shake), many nutrients.

 

TO MAKE:

-sometimes I freeze my bananas when they’re ripe so I can make this whenever I want. I usually use around 1 banana, usually 1 tbs (I prefer skippy because it’s my favorite peanut butter), I dabble with how much chocolate syrup but about 1.5 tbs and I have used skim milk and you can use any milk but I love the unsweetened almond milk from trader joe’s and it’s a lot healthier! Add ice to your liking, blend it up and delicious!

Calorie Breakdown:

-Banana  ——-> ~110 cals (depending on size, this accouts for a medium/large banana)

-Peanut Butter-   ~90 cals

-Chocolate Syrup ~150 cals (you can use less to make it less cals–it just satisfies me more so worth it for me LOVE MY CHOCOLATE!)

-Almond Milk      ~20 (1 cup=40 so you may prefer more I’m just not a milk lover and will add       water sometimes with milk)

TOTAL CALS: 370 calories (which can be reduced by 50 or so by using less syrup)

(note* if you use skim milk 1/2 a cup is ~ 50 cals so total recipe would be about 400 calories)