If you’re looking to join a new gym or fitness program in Shoreview, there’s a good chance that one of your top goals is to lose weight. But what does losing weight really entail? Is there a difference between losing weight and losing fat?
Weight loss is different from fat loss. It’s essential to understand the two to help you achieve your goals. And hold on to them.
Your body’s total weight involves bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight might lead to a lighter number on the scale, but weight loss doesn’t always equal health. If you’re losing weight from your muscles, you won’t receive the outcome you’re hoping for. And it’s not manageable in the long run.
Why? Muscles are our fat-burning machines. Muscle density impacts 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 results in lowered absorption of nutrients. When your body can’t properly get the nutrients it needs, it holds on to your food as fat deposits, in place of burning the food like fuel. The more muscle your body has, the more calories your body can burn. This takes place when you’re relaxing.
When you lose weight, you also lose water. Your muscles are 70% liquid and dropping under that composition leads to dehydration and muscle loss. In the end, it may cause muscle atrophy, which further drops your metabolic rate.
The most precise measurement for analyzing your body composition is body fat percentage. Picture two adults. Both have matching height and weight, but one has a smaller body fat percentage.
While both adults have the same weight on the scale, their internal body fat composition is different. The individual with lower body fat will likely be stronger since they have a greater concentration of muscle. As a result, they’ll need a smaller shirt and pant size because they have a smaller amount of fat.
So, what’s the smartest method to lose weight? By sticking with strength training to enhance muscle while burning fat at the same time. We suggest choosing a fitness program that you enjoy. HIIT, also known as high intensity interval training, is scientifically proven to melt fat and increase your metabolic rate.
Whatever workout program you choose, it’s important to fuel with a healthy diet and adequate hydration.
Ditch the Scale
We advise ditching the scale, since it isn’t a complete picture of your body’s composition. The next time you pull it out, question yourself, is the number that important? Or are you more focused on liking the way your clothes fit when you get dressed every day?
We want you to think about how your body feels, instead of the digits on a screen. Want to learn more about getting rid of your scale forever? You can find out more about the healthy habits we teach at FXB Shoreview during your free week. We’ll show you how you can transform yourself—inside and out!