fat loss



Today, everyone is going crazy about losing weight but it just gets me confused on whether it is losing weight or fat. Which is which? These two terms are being used interchangeably by many, making it difficult for them to really identify what it is that they want. Today I am going to let you in on the difference between the two and which one is more advisable and advocated.

The difference

Weight loss means lowering the sum weight of your bones, organs body fat, muscles etc. on the other hand fat loss is lowering your body fat while preserving the muscle. I look at weight loss as just losing a little bit of everything which is not necessary that is why you need to put your focus on losing fat.

Reasons fat loss is advocated over weight loss

  • Makes you healthy

By losing weight you end up forming a smaller and weaker version of yourself but losing fat helps you become healthy as you are able to preserve the muscle. A great way to have your skinned and body toned, this is way you become stronger and unsusceptible to diseases such as heart-attacks and difficulty in breathing.

  • Increase metabolism

Fat loss means not losing your muscle. This translates to keeping your metabolism brisk and burning calories. The muscle is metabolically active thanks to its little powerhouses the mitochondria that increasingly help in burning that fat any time even when you are sleeping!

How do you ensure that you lose fat and not muscle in the process of fat loss?

  1. Healthy eating; Check on your diet, make it balanced and make a point of eating whole unprocessed foods and less of starchy carbohydrates and increased protein.
  2. Strength training; this will build your muscle while thwarting its loss. It is also assists you in sticking to your diet.
  3. Your weight should never worry you instead your body composition should be the worrying factor. That number on the scale can be deceiving as it communicates nothing about the change in your body fat. This way you can have two people weighing the same but with different fat percentages and to the scale they are the same. You will therefore need to have other tools with you for effective progress measuring if you are looking to have that body fat on the low.
  4. Having that clear difference between the two places you at a better position to make a choice on the one to take on and I say fat loss it the way to go!

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