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Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss: Knowing the Difference

The scale can be a person’s worst enemy, but only if you let it be!The scale can be a person’s worst enemy, but only if you let it be!When it comes to weight and fat loss people usually only focus only on one thing: the number that shows when they step on a scale. Stop!

The number on a scale will not tell you how you look, how your clothes are fitting you, or how much body fat you have lost!

The scale can be a person’s worst enemy, but only if you let it be!

Don’t focus on the number.

When it comes to weight and fat loss people usually only focus on one thing: the number that shows when they step on a scale. We become so obsessed with that number, always waiting to see it go down and getting upset or frustrated when it goes up. The problem with focusing only on how many pounds gained or loss according to the scale is that you aren’t taking into consideration what you are losing or gaining! For instance, if you lose ten pounds of “weight”, but because you weren’t eating enough protein and/or because you cut your calories too low for too long, the “weight” you lost was mostly from muscle, so even though the number on the scale went down your body fat percentage just went up and your metabolism just went down as well. So, you may look a bit smaller, but you will not look better, and it’ll be that much harder to burn more fat because you’ve reduced your metabolic potential by losing muscle mass.

How can you avoid this, you ask?

Be sure you are not sacrificing more muscle rather than fat! Food for thought: Muscles are like employees and you pay them with protein, if you stop getting your paycheck would you go to work? We think not. The body will deteriorate when not given the amount of protein it needs. To avoid this, make sure you are not cutting your calories below 20% of your BMR (the energy you need to keep your body going!) and that you are getting accurate protein to protect your muscle mass.

Can’t I just eat better and exercise?

That is the best way to start! But the #1 way to make sure your weight loss is coming from body fat is knowing how many calories you should be consuming for what you are trying to accomplish! (For example: wanting to gain muscle or wanting to lose weight).

Now take action!

Sound confusing? Don’t freight! There are plenty of apps and calculators you can download to help you stay on track and accurately monitor what you are putting into your body! If Apps aren’t for you and you need more guidance take the advice of a nutritionist who will surely guide you in the correct direction. Provided that you are not cutting your calories too low and you are getting enough protein, then you can trust the number on the scale!

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