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Should I Focus on Losing Weight or Losing Fat?

If you’re thinking about joining a new gym or fitness program in Blaine, there’s a good chance that one of your highest priorities is to lose weight. But what does losing weight really involve? Is there a distinction between losing weight and losing fat?

Weight loss varies from fat loss. It’s important to know the difference to help you meet your goals. And hold on to them.

Weight Loss

Your body’s full weight encompasses bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight may create a smaller number on the scale, but weight loss doesn’t automatically equal health. If you’re losing weight from your muscles, you won’t receive the outcome you’re looking for. And it’s not manageable for a long time.

Why? Muscles are machines that run on fat. Muscle density influences your metabolic rate, or the rate your body burns calories. The less muscle you have, the fewer calories your body will use.

Less muscle tissue also leads to diminished absorption of nutrients. When your body can’t correctly pull in the nutrients it requires, it stores your food as fat deposits, rather than using the food like fuel. The more muscle your frame has, the more calories your body can burn. This is true when you’re resting.

When you lose weight, you also shed water. Your muscles are 70% H2O and dropping under that composition brings on dehydration and muscle loss. Eventually, it may lead to muscle atrophy, which further reduces your metabolic rate.

Fat Loss

The most precise method of analyzing your body makeup is body fat percentage. Imagine two people. Both have matching height and weight, but one has a lower body fat percentage.

While both people weigh the same amount on the scale, their internal body fat composition varies. The person with lower body fat will probably be stronger since they have more muscle. Consequently, they’ll fit into a smaller shirt and pant size as they have a smaller amount of fat.

So, what’s the best approach to lose weight? By following strength training to build muscle while also burning fat. We suggest sticking with a fitness program that you have fun with. HIIT, also known as high intensity interval training, is scientifically proven to burn fat and boost your metabolic rate.

Whatever workout program you follow, it’s essential to fuel with a good diet and enough hydration.

Stop Using the Scale

We encourage you to ditch the scale, since it isn’t a total representation of your body’s composition. When you pull it out next, check with yourself, does it really matter how much I weigh? Or do you care more about enjoying the way your clothes fit when you get ready every morning?

We want you to think over how your body feels, rather than the numbers on a screen. Want to learn more about breaking up with your scale for good? You can learn more about the healthy lifestyle we teach at FXB Blaine during your free week. We’ll teach you how you can change yourself—inside and out!

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