WEIGHT LOSS VS. FAT LOSS – THE TRUTH
“Weight loss is simply a loss of overall body weight. Fat loss is a reduction in body fat. Reducing body fat is what most people want to achieve. Fat loss is more specific than weight loss”.
What’s the difference? Is there one? Some say you should throw your scale away! Some say you should only be concerned about fat loss!
How do you work out Muscle mass vs Fat mass without the scales total? You can’t.
How is it that just because most people and even some personal trainers and people in general, think it is ok and necessary to discard a method of measure entirely just because most are unaware of how it works?
These are some questions that have to be asked. There is no such thing as a stupid question, only a stupid answer.
I’ve said it many times and for my own safety and for yours il say it again… The scale will never and can never measure your worth. It won’t tell you what it is weighing and it certainly can’t measure progress. However, please don’t disregard the need for a scale.
>> A Low Weight Does Not Automatically Equal a Healthy Body
I can’t emphasize this enough. Being skinny does not automatically mean you’re healthy. People are walking around weighing close to nothing that still carries around high percentages of body fat.
That means they have next to no muscle. I call it skinny fat.
Its a thing. Ask anybody in a running club. That’s them in a nutshell. The test – run 5miles.. all is well. Jump and down once – everything jiggles.
A healthy body comes from the combination of physical activity and healthy food that is comprised of a caloric threshold. Your resulting body composition is a side effect of this kind of lifestyle.
“Calorie Deficit is HOW you lose weight or fat. Good habits and your Decisions is WHY you lose fat”.
So many are misinformed by those that choose to become Insta famous ( INSTAGRAM famous ), just because they successfully lost a bit of weight and they need a following, and so, they tell you what you want to here. You know.. stuff like: You’re perfect and the scale is not important. Ok, you are perfect BUT the scale has some importance.
Weighing yourself should occur every 4-6 weeks, NOT every day. If you weigh yourself daily, then let it be known that you are the very reason for this article, and in a way, I am grateful. Weighing yourself this often is giving you false results. Remember that water weight and salt intake can make you fluctuate in weight more than you could imagine. Just going to the toilet for a #2 can give you false hope of progress (if weight loss is the goal that is).
You need to know what to look for and when to look for it. Body Fat should always be going down, while muscle mass should always be A) preserved, or B) on the gradual rise. This is tested by using callipers for body compositions, calculations to work out fat mass/LBM and the scale to aid with these calculations – let us not forget about progress pictures!
Resistance training (not cardio), and sufficient protein intake/intake in general, has got to be present to take care of point B – Muscle preservation/gain.
Heres the thing: If you can’t measure it, you cant manage it!
The Scale Does Not Differentiate Between Weight and Fat.
The scale measures weight, which is the total weight of all your body mass. This includes muscle, water, tendons, ligaments, and organs. All this tells you is how heavy you are in relation to gravity. It tells you nothing about your body composition.
Someone who weighs 60kg/120lb with 40% body fat is going to look a lot different than someone who is the same weight and 15% body fat. One person is going to be overweight, while the other is going to have great muscle definition.
You would never know this when you step on a scale.
The scale is only measuring total body mass. It doesn’t tell you how much of that mass is a muscle and how much is fat. You could have gained 2kg of muscle and lost 2lkg of fat, but the scale wouldn’t have told you that. In fact, the scale would read no progress!! mass virus muscle mass – but that’s as far as the need for a scale goes.
If you are 100kg/210lb should you be worried about LBM(lean body mass), ?…. NO. Should you be doing triceps exercises within a rep range of 8-12 reps over 5 sets?…. NO… What on earth for? Do you clean the toilet while making dinner? NO, One thing at a time! Tell your trainer to stop spending 15-30 minutes doing 1 rep max squats with you… Getting rid of the fat is what you’re there for …
If you want to know more about fat-loss with diabetes click here for another article I wrote. If you’d like to know a little more about carbs, fats and proteins, and what they do for fat-loss, you can click here.
If you are overwhelmed it’s totally ok. If you are paying somebody for help and they are overwhelmed… well guess what, that’s on you!
Get proper help. You should be able to lose 0.5kg/1lb per week if you are on a good quality, educated and controlled training and nutrition plan. It will take work, but it is very doable.
Don’t believe me? Try me. First, get a refund from your current con artist, brand labelled trainer and try choosing a trainer that does TRAINING rather than cheap group class exercises and insta stories about your session for their own personal gain. Choose a better charity to donate your hard-earned money too.
Results-driven training has got to not only produce the desired results, but it also has to educate you about how you can make and sustain these results. Otherwise, what’s the point? Paying for temporary results .. Heck, some aren’t even that lucky… they just pay.
When done correctly training and nutrition should produce amazing results for 12-16 weeks. If you are putting in the effort and have NOT reaped rewards in this time, then its time for something new.
You can sign up for my FREE 3-Week training and nutrition plan, and start a program that takes care of your workouts, eating plans and support for 21 days. If you are unsure about not wanting something as effective and as awesome as this for free… You can always go have a look at my flagship 10-week program for diabetics
My 10-week program is probably one of the only fat loss programs for diabetics that comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. It’s a true and bold statement suited for a true and bold program.
It’s personalised, it gets results and it’s the same price as what your trainer charges you for 2-3 months.
The biggest difference here is, your trainer isn’t a diabetic educator, a diabetic or there for you 24/7.
Get help with your nutrition and get those results. You don’t need a gym membership (it does help), but you need to get your eating in check. Good nutrition plans allow you to eat the things you like and enjoy, they don’t exclude, and they deliver results.
There is a lot of misleading information out there. If you try something and it doesn’t work.. move on. Get those results you deserve.
Yours in impact, freedom and Control,