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Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss

What is the difference between weight loss and fat loss?  When we talk about losing weight, the image we have of ourselves in our minds is having a body that is firm, shows shapely muscle and six pack abs.  To achieve that, what type of weight are we really losing?

Will Brink, author of Fat Loss Revealed, and I talk about the difference between weight loss vs. fat loss in this video.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when looking to see a reduction of weight on the scale is that they focus primarily on reducing calories (most people don’t get enough lean proteins and healthy fats in their diet when reducing calories) and extensive aerobic training. While you will lose weight doing this, you are burning muscle, not fat and slowing down your metabolism in the process. Muscle is metabolic and burns fat. So essentially, what you don’t want to do is burn muscle.

The other problem to this type of diet-exercise regimen is that you end up having a higher body fat to muscle ratio (aka –skinny fat), even though you’ve lost weight and this can be just as dangerous to your health as being overweight.

While there are benefits to aerobic exercise, what you want to do is focus more on building muscle via strength training and eating a diet high in lean proteins, healthy fats (yes, fats), lots of veggies, low glycemic fruits (stay away from the tropical fruits as they are higher in sugar), cut back on starchy carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, cereal), processed foods, sodas (diet and regular), and drink lots of water.

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  2. By Robert | Reply

    One point from the video which I think is really important is the “mirror test.” In my opinion, as long as you are happy with the person looking back at you in the mirror.

    Another great point from the video is the idea of “toning.” While I think one can certainly improve the visibility of muscles through exercise, one can’t expect to just lose fat in only one area of their body. Your body will decide on it’s own from where the fat will be burned.

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