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Should I Strive to Lose Weight or Lose Fat?

If you’re thinking about joining a new gym or fitness program in Albertville, there’s a good possibility that one of your top goals 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 understand the two to help you achieve your goals. And hold on to them.

Weight Loss

Your body’s total weight involves bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight could create a lighter number on the scale, but weight loss doesn’t always equal health. If you’re losing weight from your muscles, you won’t achieve the results you’re seeking. And it’s not manageable for a long time.

Why? Muscles are machines that run on fat. Muscle density influences your metabolic rate, or how many calories your body burns. The less muscle your body has, the fewer calories your body will burn.

Less muscle tissue also results in decreased absorption of nutrients. When your body can’t appropriately pull in the nutrients it requires, it keeps your food as fat deposits, in place of burning the food like fuel. The more muscle your frame has, the more calories your body can consume. This takes place when you’re not active.

When you lose weight, you also lose water. Your muscles are 70% liquid and falling beneath that composition causes dehydration and muscle loss. Ultimately, it can create muscle atrophy, which further lowers your metabolic rate.

Fat Loss

The most precise method of analyzing your body composition is body fat percentage. Think about two people. Both have matching height and weight, but one has a smaller body fat percentage.

While both adults weigh the same amount on the scale, their internal body fat composition varies. The individual with lower body fat will typically be stronger since they have a larger amount of muscle. Due to this, they’ll wear a smaller shirt and pant size as they have a smaller amount of fat.

So, what’s the smartest approach to lose weight? By following strength training to add more muscle while burning fat at the same time. We suggest choosing a fitness program that you have fun with. HIIT, also known as high intensity interval training, is scientifically proven to melt fat and boost your metabolic rate.

Whichever workout program you follow, it’s important to fuel with a healthy diet and enough hydration.

Get Rid of the Scale

We encourage you to ditch the scale, as it isn’t a complete representation of your body’s composition. When you use it next, ask yourself, does it really matter how much I weigh? Or are your more concerned with loving the way your clothes fit when you get ready every morning?

We encourage you to focus on how your body feels, as opposed to the digits on a screen. Want to learn more about getting rid of your scale forever? You can learn more about the healthy lifestyle we teach at FXB Albertville during your free week. We’ll show you how you can change yourself—inside and out!

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