The majority of people who join RISE want to at least lose at least some weight.

There are plenty of other goals related to their health, fitness, energy levels and other things, sure.

But most have at least a few pounds they would like to drop.

So conversations about ‘weight’ are a pretty regular part of my week.

And, in amongst that, a big part is clearing up a lot of the misinformation that is out there.

Maybe even things that people have been told by well-meaning friends and family that just aren’t true.

People will often tell us things or we’ll take ideas and thoughts on board to make us feel better.

I get that.

We all do it.

But if that then ‘masks’ the essential considerations……….

Leaving someone unsure as to what to actually do to achieve the results they’d like………

Then I’ll help them realise that.

Ultimately, anyone can do whatever they like with their body.

It’s theirs to do with what they wish.

It would never be my place, or anyone else’s, to tell someone otherwise.

But, if someone has a significant amount of body fat that they’d like to lose…….

Then they will weigh less when they lose said body fat.

They may gain a little bit of muscle mass (but not all that much for the vast majority of us).

But, if someone has a stone or three of body fat that they’d like to lose………

Then scale weight should really go down between 3/4 and 2 1/2 stones (or more).

If they’re not losing scale weight, they’re not losing bodyfat ultimately.

And, if we’re not losing body fat, we’re not in a calorie deficit.

And BMI gets a bad rep too.

It not being all that accurate for a percent or two of the population doesn’t mean that it’s not a pretty accurate measure for the overwhelming majority of people.

None of this means we need to “stress about the scales”.

To “beat ourselves up” over our choices.

But the research does show that reduction in body fat will lead to a reduction in weight in the vast majority of cases.

That BMI is fairly accurate for nearly all of us.

And that weight reduction always occurs in a calorie deficit.

And, unless they can cite trustable studies otherwise, people who tell us otherwise are just misinformed.

And remembering that stops us losing focus of what we could change to create the results and progress we desire.

Much love,

Jon ‘of justice’ Hall

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RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

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