You often hear people say how they would like to lose weight yet what they really want is to lose the body fat that they are carrying on their body and reshape their body.
So instead they start their fitness journey off on the wrong foot. They head to the scales to see how much they weigh not knowing how much of that weight is body fat and get caught up on the number on the scales and lowering that starting weight. They make a goal thinking that once they reach a certain number on the scales this would make them happy. As a result go on a diet, cut down on calories (even eliminate unnecessary food groups) and do lots of cardio, checking the scales consistently even daily focusing on getting that number on the scales down and doing all that they can to do this rather than addressing their excess fat problem.
Then when they do reach their goal weight they feel happy but somewhat empty, they thought that this number would make them happy and fix their problems but it doesn’t because they didn’t want to be a smaller shape of what they had before they wanted to be tighter, toned, strong and fit looking and end up regaining the weight again.
So what is the difference between weight loss and fat loss?
Weight loss – is where you lower your body’s weight this includes the sum of your bones, muscles, organs, body fat etc
Fat loss – is where you want to lower your body fat, the amount of fat your body carries. A healthy goal of body fat for women is 15%.
To address fat loss you need to exercise smartly and eat intelligently in a way that maintains as much muscle as possible yet reduces body fat too.