Just after I’ve got my first baby I was about 6 kilos less than before I was pregnant. Someone would say “ah wow, that’s great!”, I didn’t though. Because for me, my weight doesn’t really matter, and I couldn’t have cared less about the number on the scale. Because I was weaker than before I had my baby and my body composition had changed. I had more fat on my body and less muscles. Continue to read to learn more about the difference between weight loss and fat loss.
Yes, the weight matters to a certain degree, and can indicate an overweight or an underweight, but it’s not the only or most important measure, as it doesn’t say anything about the body composition. Neither is that the most important to look for as you embrace a healthy lifestyle.
While it’s not really healthy for a woman to have a too low body fat percentage, we might like to feel strong, that the curves are in the right place and that we feel great in our jeans.
Too many women however are struggling and feeling more or less miserable because of excessive fat, and they desire to live a healthy lifestyle and lose weight! To begin with, it’s very important to make the difference between losing weight and losing fat though.
One can lose weight quickly by stop eating or being on a juice diet, but I do not recommend this! Because that is not what we want, neither is that healthy or beneficial.
A healthier way is to focus on losing fat. Allow the process to go slower, and achieve long term results instead. Welcome to read my other blog as well, which is about 5 common weight loss mistakes and how to fix them.
Many diets promote losing weight quickly, and many women focus on the scale, rather than what it is that they actually are losing. Sadly enough they also end up yoyo-dieting and are left without the long lasting results they wanted. How many women don’t hate the scale!?
Losing weight to have a healthy body fat percentage is merely important. Because it’s the excess fat from bad lifestyle choices and lack of exercise that gives overweight most of the time. It’s the fat percentage we want to reduce, and we want to maintain and build muscles!
When we reduce the fat under the skin the muscles become defined and we will experience a lean and fit body.
How to burn fat
We need to create a calorie deficit.
In simple terms it means that we need to burn more calories than we put in, i.e. eat well, in balanced and right amounts and burn more, than the calories we put in. If we eat more than we burn, we will gain weight. It’s like simple mathematics.
Healthy foods in moderate amounts contains less calories than junk food. Healthy food helps to build the body and muscles which will have a positive effect on your health.
Exercise makes you not only feel great in so many ways, but it also helps to burn more calories and fat.
For efficient results of our efforts for a healthy lifestyle, we want to do what we can to increase our metabolism and burn as much as possible, even after the workout.
To explain it further in a super simple way. When we do high intensity cardiovascular training, like running or HIIT (high intensity interval training), we might burn more calories during the session itself. But with strength training we increase lean muscle mass, i.e. get larger engines and we burn more calories even during rest. That is why strength training is so great for you.
The ending conclusion is to instead of focusing on the scale, take tape measures primarily in order to see your progress, and eventually look at the scale secondary. But also, focus on strength training and eating proper food in balanced amounts; so that you’ll lose weight and fat in a healthy- and long lasting way!
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