If you want to join a new gym or fitness program in Spring, there’s a good possibility that one of your highest objectives is to lose weight. But what does losing weight really incorporate? Is there a distinction between losing weight and losing fat?
Weight loss varies from fat loss. It’s critical to realize the difference to help you meet your goals. And keep them.
Your body’s complete weight involves bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight might result in a smaller number on the scale, but weight loss doesn’t necessarily mean you’re healthy. If you’re losing weight from your muscles, you won’t get the results you’re looking for. And it’s not sustainable in the long run.
Why? Muscles are machines that consume fat. Muscle density affects your metabolic rate, or the measurement of how fast your body burns calories. The less muscle your frame has, the fewer calories your body will consume.
Less muscle tissue also leads to diminished absorption of nutrients. When your body can’t correctly pull in the nutrients it has to have, it holds on to your food as fat deposits, in lieu of consuming the food like fuel. The more muscle you have, the more calories your body can burn. This happens when you’re not active.
When you lose weight, you also lose water. Your muscles are 70% liquid and falling under that composition causes dehydration and muscle loss. In the end, it can cause muscle atrophy, which further lowers your metabolic rate.
The most precise way to analyze your body composition is body fat percentage. Think about two adults. Both are the same height and weight, but one has a lower body fat percentage.
While both adults weigh the same amount on the scale, their internal body fat composition is different. The adult with lower body fat will typically be stronger because they have a greater concentration of muscle. Due to this, they’ll fit into a smaller shirt and pant size as they have a smaller amount of fat.
So, what’s the smartest way to lose weight? By sticking with strength training to enhance muscle while also burning fat. We recommend following a fitness program that you like. HIIT, also known as high intensity interval training, is scientifically proven to torch fat and enhance your metabolic rate.
Whichever workout program you select, it’s critical to fuel with a balanced diet and adequate hydration.
Stop Using the Scale
We encourage you to ditch the scale, because it isn’t a complete measurement of your body’s composition. The next time you pull it out, ask yourself, does the number really matter? Or are you more focused on loving the way your clothes fit when you get ready each day?
We desire for you to think about how your body feels, as opposed to the numbers on a screen. Want to find out more about breaking up with your scale permanently? You can learn more about the healthy tips we teach at FXB Spring during your free week. We’ll educate you how you can overhaul yourself—inside and out!