Many people incorrectly use the terms fat loss and weight loss interchangeably. You can lose weight and still have a high body fat percentage: what we in the industry sometimes refer to as skinny-fat. You can also lose body fat while increasing the number on the scale. This can be due to increased muscle mass, which is a good thing.
Ditch the number on the scale as your sole way of determining your overall health.
Fat is the substance that your body uses to store excess calories found in all the foods you eat. When most people start on a weight loss journey, this is the excess weight they want to shed.
Typically, when you lose excess fat, you also lose weight. Sometimes you can maintain or even gain weight. You build lean muscle through strength training while also helping you shed excess fat through aerobic exercise. The more muscle that you build, the more fat you burn. Most people believe this means their weight should also go down. But that’s not true. Muscle is denser than fat, which means as you add muscle, your weight may go up even though you’re losing fat and looking and feeling better.
Avoid getting fixated on a number on the scale. It is not an accurate measurement of your overall health.
Your ultimate goal should be to improve your overall body composition, increasing your lean tissue-to-fat ratio which indicates a more positive overall fitness level and optimal general health. This is more important than the number on the scale.
Instead of focusing on losing weight, focus on nutrition and strength training. Build muscle, and you’ll achieve something better than weight loss. You’ll achieve fat loss. And you’ll look and feel better.
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