How To Lose Body Fat, Not Just Scale Weight- Part 2

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Exercise, Fat Loss, Nutrition | 2 comments

 

 

Scale Displaying Fat

 

 

Our goal is to change your body from a machine that burns carbohydrates for energy to a machine that burns fat for energy.

If you’ve ever tried any of the fad diets that seem to come out weekly, you probably lost several pounds over the first couple of weeks and then your weight loss slowed down. There are a couple of reasons for this:

First, heavier people usually have a higher basal metabolic rate to begin with, and as the weight comes off, their BMR slows down.

Second, a lot of it is water weight, especially if the diet includes reducing your carbohydrate intake.

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How To Lose Body Fat, Not Just Scale Weight- Part 1

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Exercise, Fat Loss, Nutrition |

Scale Displaying Fat

 

 

Most likely, the reason you want to lose weight is because you’re carrying too much fat, and you want to change your body shape. It’s really not so much the number on the scale, although they’re certainly related.

Your scale weight, which is your total body weight, is composed of two things- body fat and lean mass, fat and lean. We all know what fat is, lean is everything else- muscle, bone, blood, organs, skin- all of the weight you carry that isn’t fat.

When you just lose scale weight by reducing the calories you eat without any resistance exercise, you’re losing both body fat and lean mass, which includes muscle. Your clothes might fit you better, but it’s quite possible that you’ve just become a smaller version of what you were before. If your body fat was in the 30% or more range (which is considered obese), you might still have 30% or more body fat even though you weigh less and wear smaller sizes.

Most diets are focused on losing scale weight.

You want to be focused on losing body fat.

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