As you go about your fat burning program plan, one thing that you must make sure you’re doing is thinking about fat loss, not necessarily weight loss.
This is where so many women go entirely wrong. They get all caught up in what the number on the scale is telling them that they forget to even consider what type of body tissue they’re actually losing.
There’s a big difference between losing body fat and losing body weight, so it’s a must that you understand this difference. If you don’t, you may resort to extreme measures just to see that number on the scale going down.
Let’s go over some of the key points that you need to keep in mind as you move through your fat burning workout.
The Difference Between Weight Loss And Fat Loss
The very first thing that you need to understand is what this difference is. Weight loss refers to total body mass loss. This could be lean muscle mass loss or it could be body fat loss.
But, when you’re on a fat burning program, you aren’t going for muscle mass loss – it’s that nasty fat that you want out of the picture.
As such, it’s fat loss that you’re after. Lose weight and you may just look like a fatter version of your current self because your total body fat percentage will have gone up.
The Devastating Techniques Women Use To Lose Weight
In the quest for weight loss, many women resort to incredibly devastating techniques such as crash diets, ultra low carb diets, extreme workout programs, or even full out fasts.
This is not the best way to produce the most optimal results. Often they’ll be spending hours per day on the treadmill while eating hardly enough food to feed a five year old.
The Consequences Of These Techniques
What’s really bad is what these techniques are doing on their ability to see optimal fat burning. As they use them, they’re burning up precious lean muscle mass, which is the tissue that keeps your metabolism humming along properly.
As this occurs, they burn fewer and fewer calories each day, thus making further weight loss that much more difficult. And if they ever do come off the crazy diet they’re using, they’ll not only gain all the weight they lost right back (as body fat), but often gain even more because of their super sluggish metabolism.
So now they’ve lost their lean muscle mass and gained fat mass – this is not a recipe for an attractive body.
The Smarter Approach
So what’s the smarter approach? A much better way to see optimal fat loss is to combine a proper weight training program with the right diet. This is what will kick fat burning into high gear. Your metabolism will increase and you’ll burn body fat 24/7.
That means eating 5-6 meals/snacks throughout the day.
Yes you should be eating that much 🙂
And also being consistent with training approximately 3-4 times per week for about an hour each session.
Always look at it as ‘burning’ the fat instead of ‘starving’ the fat…much better results by burning it off than starving it off.
So remember, it’s not body weight that you want to lose, it’s body fat. Muscle mass is far more dense tissue compared to body fat as well, so even if you are slightly heavier because you have more muscle, you’ll look smaller than someone who has more fat mass and less muscle.
Avoid the scales. Use the mirror as an indication of how you’re progressing along with your fat burning program and you’ll be much better off.
What do you gauge your progress on? Weight loss or Fat loss?