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What is the Difference Between Weight Loss and Fat Loss

Chris Mennens

Posted on August 29 2018

What is the Difference Between Weight Loss and Fat Loss?

Have you ever noticed how some people seem to drive themselves crazy when trying to lose weight? They become obsessed with weighing themselves morning, noon, and night, and it takes a real toll on their mental health and well-being. But why are people so obsessed with numbers on a digital scale? That’s what we can’t figure out. You see, when people talk about losing weight, 99% of the time they actually mean that they want to lose fat. So, what is the difference between weight loss and fat loss? Well, that’s what we’re about to figure out. Here’s a look at the key differences between the two.

What is weight loss?

With more people using slimming clubs and support groups with weekly weigh ins than ever before, it seems as if the nation, and many parts of the developed world for that matter, have gone weight loss mad. The idea of these groups is of course to lose weight each time you are weighed each week, yet it’s body fat that they want to lose. People try all sorts of tricks to help them lose weight each week, as they will eat very little, drink virtually nothing, and they will even try and force out a bowel movement before being weighed, just so the scales say that they have lose weight. But why? Sure, they may indeed be a little lighter, but the weight they have lost isn’t from body fat, so what’s the point?

What is fat loss?

Fat loss however, is exactly as it sounds. When people talk about fat loss, it’s easy to understand what they’re referring to. Fat loss is where you specifically lose body fat from your frame, not water weight, not muscle mass, and not any other bodily fluids or secretions. Fat loss can be measured with body fat callipers, or there are even more sophisticated measures such as ‘bod pods’ which scan the individual digitally and tell them exactly what percentage of their mass is made up fat, water, and muscle tissue.

downsides to weight loss

The downsides to weight loss

Although weighing yourselves on regular bathroom scales is a good way of getting a rough idea of whether your fat loss attempts are working, there are many downsides to weighing yourself too much, which is why fat loss is generally considered far more effective than weight loss. A few downsides to weight loss include:

Not accurate – If you want to lose weight, weight loss is fine. More often than not however, when people say they want to lose weight, they actually mean that they want to lose fat. Weight loss doesn’t distinguish between fat, muscle, and water, so you could actually have lost fat but built muscle, yet according to the scales you would have gained weight, so would become disheartened. Your weight can fluctuate by the hour, depending on how much water and food you have consumed or are retaining. Remember, weight does not mean fat.

Promotes obsessive behaviour – Another downside to weight loss is the fact that it promotes obsessive behaviour. People will often weigh themselves daily, sometimes twice per day, just hoping that the numbers on the scales will have gone down. Not only that, but they go to extreme lengths like starving themselves, not drinking enough, and even consuming laxatives and trying to force bowel movements before being weighed.




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