If you want to join a new gym or fitness program in Stillwater, there’s a good possibility that one of your highest goals is to lose weight. But what does losing weight really involve? Is there a differentiation between losing weight and losing fat?
Weight loss isn’t the same as fat loss. It’s important to be aware of the difference to help you reach your goals. And hold on to them.
Your body’s total weight encompasses bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight can 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 effect you’re hoping for. And it’s not manageable in the long run.
Why? Muscles are machines that burn fat. Muscle density influences your metabolic rate, or the rate your body burns calories. The less muscle you have, the fewer calories your body will burn.
Less muscle tissue also brings on reduced absorption of nutrients. When your body can’t appropriately get the nutrients it has to have, it holds on to your food as fat deposits, in lieu of burning the food like fuel. The more muscle you have, the more calories your body can burn. This is true when you’re resting.
When you lose weight, you also shed water. Your muscles are 70% water and dropping under that composition causes dehydration and muscle loss. In the end, it can lead to muscle atrophy, which further drops your metabolic rate.
The most exact method of analyzing your body structure is body fat percentage. Picture two adults. Both are an identical height and weight, but one has a decreased body fat percentage.
While both individuals weigh the same amount on the scale, their internal body fat composition is distinct. The individual with a smaller amount of body fat will probably be stronger because they have more muscle. Due to this, they’ll wear a smaller shirt and pant size as they have a smaller amount of fat.
So, what’s the wisest approach to lose weight? By sticking with strength training to add more muscle while also burning fat. We suggest choosing a fitness program that you like. HIIT, also known as high intensity interval training, is scientifically proven to burn fat and enhance your metabolic rate.
Whatever workout program you follow, it’s important to fuel with a good diet and adequate hydration.
Get Rid of the Scale
We encourage you to ditch the scale, since it isn’t a complete representation of your body’s composition. When you use it next, check with yourself, is the number that important? Or do you care more about loving the way your clothes fit when you get dressed each day?
We want you to think over how your body feels, as opposed to the numbers on a screen. Want to find out more about ditching your scale for good? You can find out more about the healthy lifestyle we teach at FXB Stillwater during your free week. We’ll show you how you can transform yourself—inside and out!