Weight loss refers to a decrease in your overall body weight from muscle, water, and fat losses.

Fat loss refers to weight loss from fat, and it’s a more specific and healthful goal than weight loss.

Mostly, losing weight is an internal process. You will first lose hard fat that surrounds your organs like the liver, kidneys and then you will start to lose soft fat like waistline and thigh fat. The fat loss from around the organs makes you leaner and stronger. The old saying… start now and you feel the difference in 4 weeks, see the difference in 8 weeks and your friends and family will notice in 12 weeks rings true to the process of which ‘mass’ goes first.

Man holding belly fat

The first phase of losing hard fat that surrounds your organs makes your mind and body so happy, that you’ll feel great!

The second phase of losing soft fat like waistline and thigh fat is when you can see the difference in the mirror and your clothes will feel loose.

The third and final phase is the get active and tone up phase. This is where you’ll be shopping for a new wardrobe, possibly drop certain medications and sleep like a baby and live the active life you aspire to.

It takes time but with a community like ours to support you, it’s MORE than possible! You just have to get started!

Focus on fat loss, not weight loss

Many weight loss programs claim to help you lose weight quickly and easily. However, it’s important to realize that a significant amount of this weight may include water and muscle losses. Losing muscle can be detrimental, as muscle is a crucial component of your overall health.

Maintaining a healthy percentage of muscle has several benefits, such as regulating healthy blood sugar levels, maintaining healthy fat levels, like triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood, and controlling inflammation. Inflammation can make you feel 10+ lbs heavier just by itself!

Maintaining your muscle mass may also reduce your risk of age-related muscle loss, which results in frailty and potentially disability. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest. This is the main reason why men generally have higher calorie needs than women. Losing weight in the form of muscle can decrease the number of calories you burn at rest, making it easier to regain any weight you lost in the form of fat.

You’re probably thinking… How do I lose fat and maintain or gain muscle?

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Here are 3 simple ways to ensure you’ll lose weight in the form of fat and either maintain or gain muscle mass: These include eating plenty of protein, exercising regularly, and following a nutrient-dense diet that puts you in a slight calorie deficit.

🍗 Eat plenty of protein: Protein is an important nutrient for a variety of bodily functions.

💪 Exercise: Exercise is the most effective way to encourage fat loss rather than muscle loss.

🍴 Follow a reduced-calorie diet: To lose weight, you must create a calorie deficit. You can create a calorie deficit by eating fewer calories or exercising, but preferably both.

For help finding this balance contact our office. We’re here to help you with smart, concise information to get you going on whatever path best suits you, whether that’s bariatric surgery or medically supervised weight loss. We look forward to meeting you!

Which is better weight loss or fat loss?

Both weight loss and fat loss are important for improving health, but fat loss is generally considered to be more important. Weight loss can come from both fat loss and muscle loss, but fat loss exclusively comes from reducing fat stores.

Can you lose fat and not lose weight?

Yes, you can lose fat and not lose weight. For example, if you are engaging in resistance exercise to increase muscle mass while simultaneously decreasing fat stores, you may experience fat loss without a change in weight.

How do I know if I am losing fat?

To determine if you are losing fat, it is important to measure your body fat percentage in addition to your weight. If you are engaging in an effective fat-loss program, you should see a decrease in your body fat percentage over time. Additionally, you should observe changes in your body composition, such as a more toned appearance and increased muscle definition.

A skinfold caliper is a useful tool for measuring body fat percentage.

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