81. How lean is lean enough?

Uncategorized Oct 29, 2020

Body composition is the proportion of fat and non-fat mass in your body.

A healthy body composition is one that includes a lower percentage of body fat and a higher percentage of non-fat mass, which includes muscle, bones, and organs.

Knowing your body composition can help you assess your health and fitness level.

At Pillar Coaching Services body composition is one of the five pillars of fitness. 

We teach you to exercise and eat in a way that improves your body composition to healthy levels that encourage a long, sustainable life. 

As your body composition improves you get leaner. But this begs the question, how lean is lean enough?

The American College of Sports Medicine has created standards we use to assess your body composition. 

You can see them here: 

As a coach it is part of my job to stop people once they reach a certain level. In these charts that level is 'excellent.' Once you have reached this level of body composition getting leaner doesn't provide any further health benefits. And getting leaner will likely cost you more to achieve in the form of added exercise and dietary restriction than it provides in benefits. 

I think it is necessary to create a maximum upper bound to your fitness results. This is another way of determining how much is enough. 

Once you reach that level your focus shifts from continuous improvement to maintenance. This is where you will spend most of your life. 

This sounds easy but it can be especially hard to maintain due to boredom and the ideas communicated to us by media and our circle of people. It is quite profitable to teach you that once you've achieved one goal you should immediately replace it with another, higher one. Fighting back against this more is better model that is part of consumerism and capitalism is a must for your long term health. 



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