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Fat Loss Vs Weight Loss Explained!

“Why It’s Time To Ditch The Scales If Your Looking To Change Your Body Composition”

Two words that to most people imply the same meaning however are very different in theory. Most people when they are striving to decrease the size of their body shape (change body composition) will look and turn to weight loss as the solution and monitor their progress through scale weight. A number on a scale is not an accurate measure of progress when trying to change your physique as it measures every cell in your body from body tissue to your last meal so why do so many people rely on it as a rate of success or failure?

What many are in fact striving for is fat loss, a change in the overall composition of the body. The best way to measure a drop in fat is through body measurements, photos and a change in clothes size. Two people who may weigh the same on a scale may have a completely different body shape and physique due to the ratio of fat to muscle and muscle to fat.

So why is it that so many people still buy into the hype of the scales and a drop in numbers for success or the opposite for failure? Diet clubs, the media and celebs pushing fast weight loss products are at the core of the movement and people time and time again are buying into it and falling victim to the hype. Any diet that drops the body into such a significant calorie deficit over a period of time will in theory work but for how long? More often than not these quick fix/fast result weight loss diets will have you dropping water weight rather than adipose fat tissue.

The problem with this severe drop in weight is that it is never a sustainable solution and will more often than not have the person gain back more than when they originally started.

Fat Loss on the other hand will see a reduction in the overall size of the body. Yes, in order to drop fat you will have to drop into a slight deficit but one that is manageable and achievable over time. Following a fat loss plan that puts you into a slight deficit should be viewed more as a lifestyle and not a diet. Fat loss plans should include all nutrients and have a balanced approach with healthy eating habits.

If you are looking to change your body physique and drop excess body fat then what I would suggest prioritizing is resistance style training, keeping the diet high in protein and increasing NEAT (Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) such as walking, light sports, playing with the kids!

I hope you found this blog helpful and as always, if you would like to work with me on your fat loss/weight loss/ body composition goals then please check out the programs available from the website

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