Ever wondered why achieving you fitness goals always seems like a never-ending struggle?
There are various reasons for it. One very important one being lack of clarity in differentiating between weight loss and fat loss.
How many times have you said, or heard someone say, “Oh how I wish I could lose some weight fast!” . Now, losing weight isn’t really that difficult. It IS quite easy. All you have to do is stop eating!
But what you don’t realize in that is, you aren’t just losing weight, you are losing muscle too!
The goal, the actual goal, should be to lose fat instead of just seeing the number drop on the scale. Your body fat percentage is the key indicator of your actual fitness, not your weight!
When you talk about losing weight, what you usually mean is slimming down. You want to tone your “problem areas”.
It is possible to get thinner or toned without actually seeing a change in your weight. Sounds strange? It really isn’t!
This happens when you lose body fat while gaining muscle. Your weight may stay the same, even as you lose inches, a sign that you’re moving in the right direction. The problem is, you may be focused on the scale, believing that if that number doesn’t change, you’re simply not getting real results.
So, if fat loss is our goal, then we have to focus on preserving our muscle while we lose fat, because once you start losing muscle, you are fighting an uphill battle with the fat.
People often sabotage their health by dieting, not eating enough food, and thus compromising on the nutrients your body requires to stay fit, resulting in muscle loss. You have to make sure you exercise. It gives your muscles a reason to maintain themselves. If you don’t exercise, your body is slowly going to shed away the much needed muscle.
Knowing the difference between losing weight and losing body fat can change how you see your self, your progress, and maybe even how you look at your own body.
So how can you measure your progress?
– See how your clothes fit!
Check if they fit the same as before, or have they become loose? Keep one pair of pants that is one size too small, and wear it every month to check if it fits any better.
– Take your measurements
Check if you are losing inches.
– Really see yourself.
The mirror doesn’t lie. And who would know your body better than you?
– Use a scale.
No, not the weight scale. Use a scale that measures your body fat.
– Set performance goals.
Instead of weight loss goals, set goals that help you improve your endurance, stamina and strength. Set tangible, reachable goals, and keep striving to do better!
Drop in your weight isn’t always a success. Focus on your health and on being fit, not just on being skinny and thin.
Put away your scale, and see just how far you have really come!