In our culture, body fat is associated with particular meanings, many of them negative. You may be asking, “Krista, why are you talking about fat on a woman-positive site? Aren’t we supposed to, y’know, be freeing ourselves from the beauty myth and all that?” Yes! Of course. And I get pissed off as hell with people and social institutions telling me how I should look. Yet we also have to live in a society where there is substantial negative reinforcement for excess body fat, as well as quite real potential health consequences from carrying around a lot of additional fat.
However, just because society is screwed up doesn’t mean you should be too…
The scale is only one tool for measuring fat loss, and it’s not the best one. Here’s why, and here are some better methods.
Just like saving money for a rainy day, our body stores excess calories as fat. How fat loss/gain works, and why “spot reduction” is a myth.