Weight loss is one of those topics that never get old, it remains a hot debate of the community, and no matter how determined you are, it still remains in your new year’s resolution. However, most people don’t know the difference between losing weight and cutting flab, and there is a big difference between the two.
Fat is considered as a nutrient that you should avoid when you are losing weight. If you are one of those people with the same ideology then it’s time to know the difference between weight loss and fat loss. There is more to it then we generally know. Often people use fat loss and weight loss interchangeably, but these two are entirely different terms and by understanding the difference you’ll realize why it takes so long to lose weight and/or cut fat.
Before proceeding, clear your mind about one thing and that is fat. It is a nutrient that provides energy to your body. Your body has the ability to store fat inside, which helps you to get those short boosts of energy whenever you feel exhausted or lazy. Your body stores excess calories in the form of fat. Generally, when you cut down the fat percentage you also lose some significant weight. But that’s not always the case as sometimes cutting down your fat percentage can also result in an overall gain in body mass and weight.
A lot of people aim for losing weight because it’s easier to measure and the results can be quantified on a daily basis, however, it’s a little tough to measure the fat percentage in your body unless you are skilled with measurements or if you own a specific tool to measure fat content in your body. People prefer weight loss over fat loss because anything that’s quantifiable can be targeted and it’s simple to record the change.
On the other hand, you should be aiming for something bigger than tracking your bodily changes through a weighing scale and so you should target fat loss. Losing weight means you are losing a bit of everything including your muscle mass and essential fluids, eventually becoming weaker. If you don’t eat for a day or two, if you are dehydrated and in such a condition, you will be able to lose weight, but you will also grow weaker, just look at fashion models, a majority of them are anorexic. So, aim for losing weight, maintaining weight and eliminating fat.
If you are a bodybuilding enthusiast and working hard to get a ripped physique then it will be a huge mistake to record your performance and workout. Why? Well that is because when you reduce weight you also end up losing your muscle mass, and this will mess your readings up. To avoid this, you need to cut fat and not muscle.
Weight loss is a more famous term that covers everything while fat loss is a highly distinguished term that signifies a specific goal. Weight loss includes the loss of essential components of the body like bone mass, tissues, muscles and water/fluid weight. The lack of these components can affect the metabolism. This way all your hard work will go in vain because sooner or later you’ll be gaining more weight in order to recover from the loss.
The only good way is to stop tracking your weight loss progress and rather rely on your measurements, which are far more reliable than a weight count. Take pictures because eyes don’t lie. You can see a difference in your body’s shape after fat loss regardless of your body weight.