Lose Fat Not Weight

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Some people use the term weight loss – while others call it fat loss. But do they mean the same thing? Well, to many people they do mean the same thing, but the terms are entirely different in reality. It is important that you know the difference if you want to lose weight or lose fat effectively.

Many people use the bathroom scale to measure their weight loss success but what you are reading on this scale is your overall body weight. This method can never measure fat loss which is the real numbers you need to know. You need to know more than just your overall weight you need to know your body fat percentage which can only be measured by a body composition test.

The body composition test is also important not just to measure fat loss but the amount of your lean body weight which comprises of your muscles, bones, organs etc. Your muscle tissue is your fat burning machinery so you need to hang on to this and even increase it if your goal is to lose excess body fat.

But if we live a no exercise lifestyle or more importantly do not do enough strength building and maintaining exercise we begin to lose our muscle tissue from our mid 20’s for the rest of our life.

As the years go by our metabolism (the body’s engine) uses less and less fuel unless we stay strong with strength training exercise. The more muscle tissue you have, the more efficiently you burn fat because muscle is very active tissue and it requires calories to function. Body fat just sits there doing nothing and thus does not burn many calories.

How you may ask, can a person lose muscle on a weight loss program? Well for starters, we commonly hear about people constantly going on fad diets. It doesn’t matter which one as 95% of them fail anyway. Most diets demand a severe restriction of food or calorie intake. The World Health Organization states that any diet that contains less than 2100 calories for men and 1800 for women is a starvation diet.

If you eat less than this each day your body will then go into ‘diet shock’ which is a preservation state that is primitive in nature but has been programmed into our genes to stop us starving to death in times of food shortage. Our genes have not yet adapted to the fact that there is a fridge full of food in the next room and they has no idea that you only want to fit into your skinny jeans.

So with this dieting business, the opposite to what we really want is now happening, your body is storing fat as quickly as it can and will even go after your precious muscle tissue for fuel rather than give up its fat stores.

Why would anyone in their right mind want to lose weight only to become a smaller version of the same soft, flabby, body shape without any muscle tone? Why would you want to be on a weight loss program that eats your muscle tissue and lowers your fat burning rate so much so that when you are off the program, the body fat comes piling back on again with some extra to boot as well?

Therefore, while you are on a lose weight program, you must also be on a build muscle tissue program with strength training exercise. You will need to be eating enough food to avoid ‘diet shock’. Forget dieting and forget long, slow, steady state cardio activity such as walking, jogging or cycling as this will only eat into your muscle tissue as well.

The new way is to increase your metabolism with strength training so you are increasing the calorie burn every minute of every day even when you are sleeping. This is the new way, eat more and strength train and watch a new, lean, sleek, firm, toned, energetic, strong body emerge that you will be delighted with.

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