The difference between weight loss & fat loss

Although many people seem to think that weight loss and fat loss are one and the same thing, there is a world of difference between these two. When you start dieting and exercising, you don’t automatically lose fat. Sometimes you end up losing muscles, which is something you want to avoid. In order to start losing fat, you need to understand that losing weight is not as same as burning fat.

One of the mistakes made is to get on the  scales thinking that if they lose 50 pounds they will be fine. As a result, they go on dieting, cutting down the calories and doing a lot of cardio exercises. However, as a result they just look smaller, but with high percentage of body fat. The reason for that is that they were focused on lowering the numbers of the scale, when they should’ve been addressing their excess fat problem.  Another of the mistakes that people tend to do is counting only the number of calories they introduce in their bodies. In their effort to reduce this number, some will opt for cutting out an entire food group. This also can result in losing muscles instead of fat.

Of course, proper dieting is very important factor of your fat losing process. When dieting many people choose to completely cut out an important food group, thinking that in that way they are reducing the calorie intake. The truth is that this can do more damage to your body. When you drastically decrease your calorie intake while doing excessive amount of cardio exercises, you may end up losing muscles instead of fat. When you’re not providing your body with fuel for the muscles, they can’t build up.  If you want to trim your physique, looking smaller and in better form, you cannot simply rely on cardio. The best way to melt those fat layers is to include resistance training in your routine, resistance bands and dumb bells are great for this. Although it’s true that cardio exercises can turn your body into a great calorie burning machines, you also need to tone your muscles and increase their size.

The next time you want to shed some pounds from your body, don’t think about that as weight losing process, but as fat losing process. Your training and dieting should be tailored to help you in melting down fat. Include weight lifting training/resistance training in your routine, try not to over do  the cardio and eat a balanced diet. Carbs, protein and fats must be included in your diet. Only by balancing these three ingredients you can achieve stable and thorough weight loss

Bev x


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