A well defined body is only achievable if you achieve Correct Weight Loss. Many view weight loss in very simple terms, that is to drop digits on the weighing scales. When you attempt to drop digits on the weighing scale, it may or may not be Correct Weight Loss. This simple approach to losing weight can result in an end-result which is a shapeless and not shapely.
This may sound confusing at first but it will become crystal clear as you begin to understand the gist of the article below.
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What is a Well Defined Body
You may have a vision of what your body should look like at the end of your weight loss efforts. It’s very likely that this vision is not one of a body that is skinny and haggard. If you are a woman, you probably envision yourself looking sexy in a tight-fitting jeans with all the necessary curves in the right areas. A man will probably want to look good with his shirt off.
The picture on the right would probably be able to better explain a well-defined body than a thousand written words. You would probably be quick to appreciate a well-defined body when you see one, be it of a man or a woman. It could be the curves of a woman or the V-shape or broad shoulders of a man.
You would also probably be able to imagine the body that you would want at the end of your weight loss efforts. Where you would probably go wrong is identifying the correct means to attain it.
What is Correct Weight Loss
Correct Weight Loss is a collection of habits that when employed, result in a very holistic weight loss solution. It encompasses aspects of your body, mind and soul. It moves you towards a well defined body. It also embeds in you habits and knowledge that allows you to sustain your well-defined body for a lifetime. Rebound weight gain is very unlikely. Read more about What is Correct Weight Loss.
A Well Defined Body and Body Weight
We have difficulty verbalizing this shapely body in any real life tangible means other than pounds or kilograms. We do not know any better than to use the weighing scales. We have been programmed from young to equate a lower number on the scale with an attractive body. This is really not the case as you will soon realize.
Some of the biggest challenges dieters face are the weight loss paradigms that they have been programmed with. The weighing scales is one of them. All our lives, we are programmed to associate the weighing scales with better looking bodies ( lower weight=beautiful body). Lower weight equals better looking body only holds true if you are obese.
A Well Defined Body Shape for Women
What is your idea of a well-defined body shape for women? Look at the pictures of the 2 ladies on the right. Which do you find has a more attractive body? There would be some who will find the lady on the right with an appealing body but my guess is that most men and women would prefer the lady on the left. Off course the picture on the right is an exaggeration as most dieters end-up somewhere between. When thousands of readers of this blog were polled, similar results were obtained. Read this article on a well defined body shape for women which has this poll.
A well-defined body shape for women approaches the shape of the “hourglass” like that of the lady on the left. The shoulders should be squared and wide enough in proportion to the hips such that it gives the illusion of a slim waist. Notice how the lady on the right has extremely drooping and narrow shoulders.
Although simply focusing on dropping pounds may also result in a slim waist, it also always results in narrow, drooping shoulders. So although a lady can achieve a smaller waist by simply dropping pounds, it is visually not noticeable because the shoulders are narrow. The narrow shoulders also cause the hips to look in-proportionally large.
A Well Defined Body Shape for Men
I believe that most people will find the man on the right with the more attractive body shape. Incidentally, this picture is of identical twins that have undergone different training regimens. The one on the right has a training regimen that focuses on resistance training while the one on the left has a regimen that focuses on a lot of long distance running. Just focusing on one type of training regimen does not yield Correct Weight Loss.
The man on the right has a V-shaped body. Although he incorporates resistance training into his regimen, he is not a serious bodybuilder. Notice how the wider shoulders give the impression of a smaller waist although amazingly, the waist size of both men are the same. Correct Weight Loss exercises are holistic and include endurance as well as strength training.
Start With Weighing Scales, End With Body Fat Scales
When obese, any effort at losing weight would probably result in lots of fat loss. You will end up reducing body fat as you drop digits on the weighing scales. At this point, you would be effective at using the weighing scales to measure progress. Furthermore, most practical body fat measurement tools such as body fat calipers are not so effective for obese people. This is because the skin fold is too large for the caliper to measure.
Once you get your body fat down (30 to 35% for women and 25 to 30% for men on the %body fat scale) you probably want to start focusing on the body fat scales and not the weighing scales. This is also the point where your body could start losing lots of muscles, depending on the weight loss measures you take. You may see the pounds dropping but not an equal percentage reduction in the body fat scale.
Well Defined Body from Correct Weight Loss
Correct Weight Loss is the result of dropping digits on the %body fat scale and not the weighing scales. In order to drop digits on the body fat scale, one needs to lose fat while maintaining or increasing lean body mass. This applies to both men and women. The lower the digit on the %body fat scale, the more attractive your body shape will be. This is the reason it’s incorrect to say that Correct Weight Loss is fat loss. Fat loss also occurs in weight loss, but so does loss of lean body mass and lots of water.
A well defined body shape can only be achieved via Correct Weight Loss. Simply losing weight will not result in a shapelier or curvier body.
You need to thus take stock of where you are in your weight loss journey and start embracing the concepts of Correct Weight Loss. This will ensure that the picture of the well defined body that you had in your mind before you started your weight loss journey will result in its outward physical manifestation at the end of your journey.
What is Your Preference, Dropping Pounds or Better Shape?
Of the options given below, which is more important for you when losing weight? Total Voters: 3
Of the options given below, which is more important for you when losing weight?
Total Voters: 3