Understanding the Difference Between Weight Loss and Fat Loss
Did you know that there is a difference between weight loss and fat loss? If not, then read on. In personal training we often talk about the two types of weight: fat and muscle. The goal in personal training is to build lean muscle while shedding excess body fat, which can be achieved through diet and exercise.
It might seem like one would lead to the other: if you’re losing weight, it must mean that you are also losing fat! However, this isn't always true because when people lose weight from exercising or eating less they usually don't just lose pure body fat but rather a combination of both muscle and fat.
What is weight loss? Weight loss is simply the reduction of total body mass, which can be caused by a decrease in fat mass, muscle mass, or water content. When you lose weight through diet and exercise, you are actually losing both fat and muscle. This isn’t desirable because as we mentioned earlier, we want to build lean muscle while shedding excess body fat.
What is fat loss? Fat loss occurs when the total mass of fatty tissue in your body decreases, which can be caused by a reduction in food intake or an increase in physical activity. The most desirable way to lose weight and reduce body fat percentage is through exercise because it will also help you build lean muscle helping you achieve the highly desired toned look!
When working with our Personal trainers, we will help you to set realistic goals and design a program that is specific to your needs in order for you to achieve fat loss, not just weight loss. If you are looking to tone up, reduce body fat percentage and feel better about yourself then give us a call today!