Loosing Weight vs Loosing Fat – Part 1

Posted: July 9, 2013 in Fat Loss, Fitness
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Hey guys,

How’s everybody doing out there. I hope wherever you are the suns shining bright and you’re enjoying the summer.

I thought I’d base today’s topic around a question I’ve been asked a lot recently, which is “How do I loose weight &  What is the quickest way of loosing it”? I’m going to gather research and put together my knowledge to really break this thing down.

Now most of the time when people ask “how to loose weight”, really what they want to know is “how to loose body fat”

You see, body weight can be broken down into 3 categories, let’s take a look.

Bodyfat

The stuff you want to loose if you have to much stored. People don’t realise this but a little stored fat is actually healthy as it helps your body function properly.

Fat is a source of energy which is stored within the cells in the body. So you can look at your excess fat as back up which can be used if your body goes into a state of emergency (no food for example).

Fat is also works as a shock absorber that protects your organs,  forms part of every cell membrane in your body and acts as an insulation blanket that reduces heat loss. This is why you find that the people who carry excess fat don’t seem to get as cold.

And sorry ladies but women generally store more body fat than males do due to their hormones and their ability to reproduce. Fear not though and see below 🙂

Muscle

Good ole muscle. Lean mean muscle machine. What us guys work so hard for in the gym and what so many women are scared of gaining (Hence why they don’t lift weights) But ladies, I’ll explain why lifting weight will help you loose fat in just a sec. Before I do though, let me quickly run through some benefits of muscle:

  • Muscle protects your joints and your bones (vital for supple movement)
  • Provides a better foundation for your skeletal frame
  • You look and feel better both on the inside and out which will lead you to feeling better about yourself and help to boost your confidence
  • Better oxygen flow throughout the body which leads to a stronger and healthier heart (not forgetting the lungs)
  • Muscle also speeds up your metabolism which leads to fat loss – Let’s dig deeper

The more ­muscle tissue you have, the higher your  BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). BMR is the amount of calories you burn at rest. So say for example you sat down all day watching family guy, your body is burning calories. That’s right, you can sit on your butt all day and burn calories (never recommended though). You also burn calories when you eat as your body uses energy to the digest food.

Muscle tissue is metabolically active but also uses energy at rest, whereas stored body fat is lazy (doesn’t like to move and isn’t active like muscle). Make sense when you break it down like this doesn’t it. I find that understanding the basic science behind how your body works helps you achieve your goals quicker and puts you ahead of the game.

Remember, muscles move requiring energy (active), while fat doesn’t like to move and can be seen as storage (lazy).

So increasing muscle through exercise such as weight lifting will dramatically increase your metabolism (Women, the same applies to you as well). I’ve covered women and lifting weights before but I will continue to cover it until the misconception is no longer alive.

Just do a search for the post on here if you want to have a read. But the long story cut short is, females don’t create enough testosterone in their body to become jacked, muscular, hench blench, dench, tonk, wham, stocky or for simpler terms “muscular” or any of the other names I can think of LOL. Seriously though, no need to fear the iron…You won’t look like these two beauties…

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Water
At least 70% of the body is made up of water. Without water, the body couldn’t survive. Saying that, the water in our bodies can be manipulated to achieve that “ripped look” or even just a overall leaner tone. When the body isn’t holding onto a lot of water and the body fat percentage is low, you can see more muscle striations aka muscle definition as there isn’t as much water being held under the skin (but we will cover water manipulation in more depth in another part).
There are a number of methods in which can be used to achieve this ripped or toned look but low carb diets are most commonly used when looking at nutrition. When you eat carbs (bread, rice, potato, pasta, fruit etc) your body holds onto water.
That’s why when people drop their carbs lower the usual for say a period of  2 weeks+ (ketogenic diets) for example, they report significant weight loss. The rapid drop of weight is usually water and not so much fat. People confuse fat and water all the time and it’s a very common mistake we can all make.
I’ve only just scratched the surface today as I wanted to start off with some education before building up on the foundation  so at least if this is all new to you there’s no need to feel lost. If you retain all this knowledge already then guest what…
Reminders are never a bad thing 🙂
Any questions, fire away
EDUCATION IS KEY!
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