Concentrate on Losing Fat, Not Just Reducing Weight To Look Good
Despite what everyone says, it is important to lose weight and look fit if you want to be a fashionista in a healthy manner.
We respect all body types but we can’t decline the fact that being overweight is unhealthy as well. This is why it is important to work out and follow the right diet so that you can look good, fit, and healthy.
When most people talk about losing weight, they mainly mean to lose fat. However, a lot of us end up losing good weight during the process. It’s difficult to measure fat or to know exactly how ‘fatty’ you are.
Most of us go by the weighing scale and concentrate on the overall weight and not just fat. Hence, we often end up losing good muscle weight instead of fat.
Fat Loss vs Weight Loss
You can lose weight due to a variety of reasons including water loss. Such temporary weight loss is not a concern, however weight loss due to the loss of lean tissue can be problematic.
Always concentrate on losing fat and not muscle because:
- Muscle is important to look good.
- Muscle is important to be healthy.
How to Lose Fat
So the question is – how can I lose fat and not just weight?
Technically speaking, you will still be losing weight and the weighing scale will go down but you’d be losing bad weight and not good weight.
Include a Lot of Protein in Your Diet
We need about 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight. You must ensure to consume enough protein if you want to build and maintain muscle, as found in this study.
The study consisted of overweight men and concluded that animal protein can be more effective than vegetarian protein.
Another study found similar results where women who consumed more protein lost more fat than muscle.
Reduce Your Carb Intake
Carbs are important for the body but not as important as protein. In fact, according to this study, the quality or amount of carb isn’t of much importance for as long as you get enough protein.
However, carbs can impact your overall weight loss. Plus, since different people react differently to diets, there’s no need to change your carb intake if your current diet is giving you good results.
Do Not Forget the Importance of Exercise
We know exercise helps you lose weight but the good thing is that the right kind of exercises can help you lose fat and not just weight, as found in this study.
Another study found that higher protein consumption coupled with exercise can improve output, i.e: retain more muscle and burn more fat. In fact, another research proved that exercise can be beneficial in losing unhealthy weight even if you do not bring changes to your diet.
Exercising is very healthy as it reduces visceral fat, which is said to be bad for your health. According to this study, exercise alone can reduce visceral fat by about 6%.
However, this doesn’t mean that exercise alone will give you good results. In fact, exercise rarely causes you to lose weight unless you also bring the required dietary changes.
Exercise is beneficial because it puts you in the right direction. The right diet helps you lose weight and exercise helps you lose the weight that you should lose (fat).
How to Measure Weight Loss
It is very important to measure your success as it will help you stay fit and motivated. You can do it in a lot of ways.
Turn to the weighing scale to know how much you’ve lost. Also, see how your clothes fit. These simple signs can make a lot of difference.
The Benefit of Looking Fit
Here are some benefits:
- You will look good and fit. Plus, you’d be able to wear all your favorite clothes without having to worry about anything
- You will be able to wear the old jewels that don’t fit you anymore. Just take them out, polish them, and wear ‘em again. It must be mentioned that when you gain weight, it’s not just your face or abdomen that gets bigger, your hands and fingers may also appear swollen, preventing you from wearing your favorite rings, etc.
It can be a bit difficult to tell if you’re losing fat or muscle without proper tests, however, if you follow the tips given above, you will definitely be losing more of unhealthy weight.