If you’re looking to join a new gym or fitness program in New Hope, it’s likely that one of your highest priorities is to lose weight. But what does losing weight really incorporate? Is there a differentiation between losing weight and losing fat?
Weight loss is different from fat loss. It’s important to realize the difference to help you achieve your goals. And keep them.
Your body’s full weight includes bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight may result in a smaller number on the scale, but weight loss doesn’t automatically mean the equivalent of health. If you’re losing weight from your muscles, you won’t get the effect you’re seeking. And it’s not feasible long-term.
Why? Muscles are machines that run on fat. Muscle density impacts your metabolic rate, or how many calories your body burns. The less muscle your body has, the fewer calories your body will consume.
Less muscle tissue also leads to diminished absorption of nutrients. When your body can’t properly absorb the nutrients it requires, it stores your food as fat deposits, in place of burning the food like fuel. The more muscle your frame has, the more calories your body can burn. This happens when you’re not active.
When you lose weight, you also shed water. Your muscles are 70% liquid and going below that composition causes dehydration and muscle loss. In the end, it may lead to muscle atrophy, which further reduces your metabolic rate.
The most precise measurement for analyzing your body structure is body fat percentage. Picture two adults. Both have matching height and weight, but one has a smaller body fat percentage.
While both adults weigh the same amount on the scale, their internal body fat composition is distinct. The person with less body fat will probably be stronger as they have more muscle. As a result, they’ll need a smaller shirt and pant size since they have less fat.
So, what’s the best way to lose weight? By using strength training to build muscle while burning fat at the same time. We recommend choosing a fitness program that you like. HIIT, also called high intensity interval training, is scientifically proven to burn fat and boost your metabolic rate.
Regardless of which workout program you pick, it’s crucial to fuel with a balanced diet and adequate hydration.
Ditch the Scale
We advise ditching the scale, since it isn’t an accurate measurement of your body’s composition. When you pull it out next, question yourself, does it really matter how much I weigh? Or are your more concerned with loving the way your clothes fit when you get dressed every day?
We want you to think about how your body feels, rather than the digits on a screen. Want to learn more about ditching your scale for good? You can learn more about the healthy habits we teach at FXB New Hope during your free week. We’ll show you how you can transform yourself—inside and out!