Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Why Do I Say Fat Loss?

A lot of people ask me why I always use the phrase "fat loss" and not "weight loss". Quite frankly, I don't give a rat's butt about weight loss. What good is weight loss if all you've lost is muscle or water weight. I care about losing bodyfat. Whether you realize it or not, this is what you care about, too.

For one thing, you need to preserve as much muscle as possible to keep your metabolism high. This will help you lose additional fat and keep it off long-term. Most people put weight that they had lost through diet and cardio back on relatively quickly due to a loss of muscle. If you were to gain a couple pounds of muscle, your overall weight loss profile might not look as good, but you would be in a much better position to continue on a positive trend of losing bodyfat.

Another reason to be concerned about fat loss is that it looks darn good! When you lose fat and muscle, you may get skinnier but you don't have that nicely defined figure that looks so great in a bathing suit. Add a little muscle and burn a little more fat and you will start turning heads!

Don't worry too much about the numbers on the scale. Look at bodyfat %, measurements, clothes sizes, and the way you look in a bathing suit. Remember, fat loss and not weight loss.

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