Why weight loss isn’t always the best way to achieve your goals.
Do you really need to lose weight or is it fat you want gone?
Everyone always talks about weight loss and do not get me wrong there are some people who could do with this however, you could just be sabotage your actual goals of fat loss.
Recently one of my clients had to take time out due to an injury. Months of hard work with strength training had paid off as she became stronger, firmer and was burning the unwanted fat her body was holding on too as well as improving mobility and health.
On returning from time off we did the usual check ins and realised although she lost 7 pounds in weight this was not from body fat as this remained the same.
She had reduced in size from muscle mass.
Why is it important to strength train and maintain the muscle mass you have?
Adding muscle mass will help your body burn more calories at rest than body fat.
When combined with a proper diet, this will increase your metabolism and help you burn off excess body fat at a much faster rate.
(Metabolic rate is the rate of metabolism, the amount of energy used by an animal/human per unit of time.)
One pound of muscle takes up less space then a pound of fat, so building muscle will also help give you a lean and toned appearance that many people desire.
In a nutshell muscle mass will burn more fat whilst at rest.
At some point in your 30s, you start to lose muscle mass and function.
Physically inactive people can lose as much as 3% to 5% of their muscle mass each decade after age 30 but you can delay this with strength training, so it makes sense to get your ass in the gym.
Because of her time off her muscle mass has reduced therefore slowing her metabolic rate in-turn slowing down the exact reason she came to me and that was to lose her excess body fat.
Do not always assume that weight loss is the best method to a healthier you because you could just be sabotaging your fat loss goals.
Preserving, if not building muscle is imperative to your fat loss goals as muscles need energy and that energy is calories. Look at it like this, train your muscles, and your body will become a fat burning furnace with correct caloric intake.
So be very careful when on a weight loss plan because losing muscle is not the way ahead.
Final say on this
If you are a fan of slimming clubs, shake diets etc etc then great however, I know that many people put the weight back on and why?
They cut their calories to low, the weight starts to drop off , more than likely the muscle that’s required, their metabolism slows down, they Plateau with their weight ( should be fat) loss goals, then eventually they give up and put it all back on
However if you were to strength train then never guess what? You will keep it off 🙂
Give me a shout if you are interested in training online or 1-1 with someone who can guarantee 1-2 pound loss each week which is safe and sustainable.