If you’re looking to join a new gym or fitness program in Mankato, it’s likely that one of your highest priorities is to lose weight. But what does losing weight really incorporate? Is there a difference between losing weight and losing fat?
Weight loss varies from fat loss. It’s essential to be aware of the difference to help you reach your goals. And keep them.
Your body’s full weight includes bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight could create a lighter number on the scale, but weight loss doesn’t necessarily equal health. If you’re losing weight from your muscles, you won’t achieve the results you’re hoping for. And it’s not manageable in the long run.
Why? Muscles are machines that consume fat. Muscle density affects your metabolic rate, or the measurement of how fast your body burns calories. The less muscle your body has, the fewer calories your body will use.
Less muscle tissue also results in decreased absorption of nutrients. When your body can’t properly get the nutrients it has to have, it stores your food as fat deposits, rather than consuming the food like fuel. The more muscle your frame has, the more calories your body can consume. This happens when you’re not active.
When you lose weight, you also shed water. Your muscles are 70% water and falling under that composition brings on dehydration and muscle loss. Ultimately, it could cause muscle atrophy, which further lowers your metabolic rate.
The most precise way to analyze your body structure is body fat percentage. Think about two people. Both are an identical height and weight, but one has a smaller body fat percentage.
While both people show the same weight on the scale, their internal body fat composition is different. The person with less body fat will probably be stronger as they have a larger amount of muscle. As a result, they’ll wear a smaller shirt and pant size because they have a smaller amount of fat.
So, what’s the wisest way to lose weight? By following strength training to add more muscle while burning fat at the same time. We recommend following a fitness program that you have fun with. HIIT, also known as high intensity interval training, is scientifically proven to burn fat and improve your metabolic rate.
Whatever workout program you follow, it’s critical to fuel with a healthy diet and enough hydration.
Get Rid of the Scale
We encourage you to ditch the scale, because it isn’t an accurate picture of your body’s composition. When you pull it out next, check with yourself, is the number that important? Or are you more focused on enjoying the way your clothes look when you get ready every morning?
We encourage you to think over how your body feels, as opposed to the digits on a screen. Want to find out more about getting rid of your scale forever? You can find out more about the healthy habits we teach at FXB Mankato during your free week. We’ll show you how you can change yourself—inside and out!