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Friday, July 1, 2011

Weight Versus Fat Loss - Which Is Healthier?

Our society has taught us that if we are fat, overweight, or obese that we should focus on nothing other than losing weight. There would be nothing wrong with this mentality if it did not encourage diets that cause you to nearly starve yourself, or pills that fill your body with nasty chemicals. See, the goal of most weight loss programs is to starve your body of fat in order to lose weight.

The issue here is that your body actually needs calories in order to function. When your body does not get enough calories it prepares itself for a starvation; almost like hibernation in bears. See, in the old days, this is how our bodies protected ourselves from famines. Even though we are no long living in those conditions, our bodies still prepare for the worst. So, when you cut calories, your body actually stores food as fat.

Something interesting happens when you starve your body beyond certain points; it begins to crave food items that are not healthy. See, as you cut calories, your body becomes hungry and you will end up eating foods that you may not normally eat, and you eat more than you would have had you not put yourself in this predicament. It is this food, right here that your body will begin to store as fat in order to ensure that it is not harmed when the famine comes.

Anyone who has ever dieted - in the sense of cutting calories - knows the feeling it brings in the beginning; the feeling of weakness, hunger, and lethargy. Many people will tell you to push through it, that it is normal. Yes, it is normal, but not healthy; this is your body trying to tell you something. The only thing you are doing for yourself, at this point, is leaving yourself open to frailty and fragility.

Now, if you focus on losing fat rather than weight that is a whole-other story. See, fat loss is the focus of muscle gain and boosting your metabolism. Your metabolism is what drives fat burn; it is what burns the calories that you do consume. When you eat healthy, clean foods your metabolism can actually function as it should. When you restrict your diet, your metabolism quickly becomes confused and slows down.

Anyway, whole, clean foods are what your body needs, and plenty of them. If you eat smaller meals every 2-3 hours rather than three large meals, you will give your metabolism the boost it needs. These smaller meals should consist of 200-400 calories each and should provide your body with protein, fat, and carbohydrates. All of this, combines, will not only boost your metabolism, help you burn fat, but it will give you a nice boost in energy too.

Eating, in this manner, will also give you the energy you need to partake in proper strength training routines. See, your body needs muscle to stay strong, healthy, and fit. The only way to attain this muscle is by pushing each and every one of your muscle groups; not by running around your neighborhood every day. Additionally, muscles will also help your body burn fat, helping you attain that slender physique you wanted to lose weight for.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, as long as you realize that you need to lose fat to do this. The overall goal is really to lose inches, not weight. The numbers on the scale are rather pointless; your overall health, physique, and mentality are what matters. If you want these things you need to focus on muscle tone and fat loss.

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Carolyn Hansen is a certified fitness expert and fitness center owner who in her nearly 30 years of fitness and bodybuilding competition experience she has helped thousands of people start their journey towards losing weight, becoming strong, fit and youthful at any age.

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