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Is it Better to Lose Weight or Lose Fat?

If you’re looking to join a new gym or fitness program in Bellevue, there’s a good possibility that one of your highest priorities is to lose weight. But what does losing weight really entail? Is there a differentiation between losing weight and losing fat?

Weight loss isn’t the same as fat loss. It’s critical to know the difference to help you meet your goals. And keep them.

Weight Loss

Your body’s complete weight includes bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight can lead to a lower number on the scale, but weight loss doesn’t necessarily mean the equivalent of health. If you’re losing weight from your muscles, you won’t receive the results you’re seeking. And it’s not sustainable long-term.

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

Less muscle tissue also leads to reduced absorption of nutrients. When your body can’t appropriately pull in the nutrients it requires, it keeps your food as fat deposits, rather than using the food like fuel. The more muscle your body has, the more calories your body can use. This occurs when you’re resting.

When you lose weight, you also lose water. Your muscles are 70% liquid and going beneath that composition leads to dehydration and muscle loss. In the end, it may result in muscle atrophy, which further reduces your metabolic rate.

Fat Loss

The most precise method of analyzing your body structure is body fat percentage. Visualize two individuals. Both are the same height and weight, but one has a lower body fat percentage.

While both adults weigh the same amount on the scale, their internal body fat composition varies. The individual with less body fat will probably be stronger due to the fact they have a larger amount of muscle. As a result, they’ll fit into a smaller shirt and pant size as they have a smaller amount of fat.

So, what’s the smartest way to lose weight? By sticking with strength training to build muscle while simultaneously burning fat. We recommend sticking with a fitness program that you enjoy. HIIT, also known as high intensity interval training, is scientifically proven to torch fat and enhance your metabolic rate.

Regardless of which workout program you choose, it’s crucial to fuel with a balanced diet and proper hydration.

Get Rid of the Scale

We advise ditching the scale, since it isn’t a complete measurement of your body’s composition. When you pull it out next, question yourself, is the number that important? Or are you more focused on enjoying the way your clothes look when you get dressed each day?

We desire for you to think about how your body feels, instead of the numerals on a screen. Want to find out more about ditching your scale permanently? You can find out more about the healthy tips we teach at FXB Bellevue during your free week. We’ll show you how you can transform yourself—inside and out!

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