Weight Loss VS Fat Loss – Yes there is a difference

Posted: February 20, 2013 in Motivation
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What are you trying to loose – Weight or Body Fat?

Far too many times I hear people say they want to loose weight forgetting that weight is broken down into a number of groups:

  1. Muscle
  2. Fat
  3. Water

When aiming to loose weight it’s likely you are striving to loose fat and water. We all know what fat is right, I mean that’s what where trying to loose. But what is water weight?

It’s what people first loose when they go on low carbohydrate diets mistaking it for fat. You see, we are made up 60-70% of water and on top of that, excessive carbohydrates and salty foods puts the body in a state where it likes to hold on to excessive amounts of water (hence why some people look bloated a few days after a junk fest – lots of salt (sodium) and carbs).

A scientific term would be the weight in your body caused by your cells storing water. You pack on water weight when you eat a lot of salty things because since salt dries out your cells, they overcompensate.

In order to get rid of water weight, drink a lot of lemon water for a few days and stay away from fried, salty foods, processed (horse meat) foods. Exercise sweats it out of you and a few sauna sessions a week.

While trying to loose water weight you want to ensure you are drinking lots of water (sounds backwards rights) but the body is smart and I’ll explain why.

When you stop drinking water your body goes into an emergency state so to speak and holds onto water it has as it’s not getting an adequate amount (the same as when people are dieting and think it’s smart to not eat just to loose weight then the metabolism slows down and the body holds onto the fat it has because it goes into starvation mode) The body is very smart!

Loosing fat can be hard if you make it hard. If you plan to go on a “12 week crash diet” only to rebound once you’ve reached your goal it will be hard because you will continue going through that cycle – I’ve been there and some of you reading have been there.

Instead, decide to make a lifestyle change today. If you choose to make healthy eating apart of your life it will be easy as that will be your new way of living. It will become normal to you after a month or two – makes sense right. They say do something for at least 21 days every day for it to become routine. Make healthy eating a normal routine.

And as for exercise, you don’t have to splash out at the gym and take every supplement under the sun. Body weight exercises from home and some space in your bedroom is all you need.

So I ask you again – What are you trying to loose – Weight or Body Fat?

Knowledge is key! Let’s keep on learning together.

Stay Blessed People

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