You always hear people that are carrying around too much fat that they need to lose weight. However, don’t want to just lose weight because you want to reduce your body fat percentage and thus improve our body composition. That is, we want to reduce our total amount of body fat without reducing our total amount of lean mass.
Most people don’t realize how much muscle they can lose with a poor “weight loss” diet and are puzzled when they succeed in losing weight only to be disappointed by a weak, soft physique staring back at them in the mirror. The focus should be on fat loss while building lean muscle mass. You can lose weight and have a bunch of flab hanging all over you like a garment.
Body weight is often used as an indicator of fitness progress. When people attempt to change their physique and don’t see pounds coming off of the scale each week, they tend to get a little discouraged, even if they see progress during workouts or in the mirror. This discouragement is based on the flaw of thinking that they must be losing weight in order to change their body composition. These individuals often forget about the fact that muscle, fat, bone, and water all play an important part in what number they see on the scale each week. Body weight is about so much more than just fat.
The amount of body fat on an individual can vary drastically between person to person. One individual may have a body fat percentage of 8%, while another may find themselves over 50%.
Body fat has less density than muscle and bone. It also burns less calories at rest than muscle does. One pound of muscle burns around 6 calories per day, whereas one pound of fat only burns about 2 calories per day. If you want to lose weight quickly, by all means focus on a fat burning program.
If you want to set your body up to have a higher resting metabolism and burn passively on a regular basis, condition your body for strength training, and exercise regularly.
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