Although the answer to this question may seem obvious to most, the distinction between weight loss and fat loss needs to be clarified. First of all, losing weight does NOT necessarily mean losing bodyfat! You can lose weight and actually gain bodyfat. How is this possible? Many people strive to lose bodyweight as quickly as possible (especially when it's New Year's resolution time) and opt for the latest quick weight loss diet. "Quick" in this case is NOT good! The faster you lose bodyweight, the more likely you'll lose lean body mass (i.e., muscle) along with fat. Your body will rely on muscle tissue to survive if it is deprived of adequate calories and nutrients. As your bodyweight decreases, your bodyfat may actually increase due to the decrease in muscle mass. The end result: You'll weigh less (Hooray!) but you'll also be fatter (Boohoo). This is why body mass index (BMI) is not a good indicator of healthy weight loss since this value does not take into account body composition. Thus, your bodyfat percentage is more important than BMI when it comes to weight loss.
So what's the key to losing weight? Simple: Eat at least six small, nutrient-dense meals daily with plenty of fiber and protein, drink lots of water, and exercise (weight training and cardio) regularly. You'll know the weight you lose will be "quality" pounds lost when the bodyweight scale indicates g-r-a-d-u-a-l weight loss. In other words, the weight you lose will more likely be composed of mostly fat rather than muscle tissue if your bodyweight decreases by no more than 2 pounds per week.
The important message here is this:
WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT THE SAME AS FAT LOSS!
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.