Fat Loss or Weight Loss?
Weight loss has always been equated with not eating as much to drop those extra pounds. Sure, consume less calories, and the number on the scale will go down quickly, but only for a while. Of course, the reason for this rapid decline in the numbers on the scale is because you are losing both muscle and fat.
Muscle is the main fat burning engine in your body. It is more metabolically active than any other body tissue, requiring your body to burn approximately 50 calories a day just to keep each pound of muscle. Since muscle is what burns calories, although you’ve lost weight, now the problem is you’ve also lost part of the machinery (muscle) you need to burn fat. When your body loses enough of this machinery, it will need hardly any calories to maintain the new lowered weight.
You will now have to continue to live on extremely low calories if you want to keep this weight off. Lets face it, eventually, after eating a low calorie diet, you are going to crave every food ever made, even foods you never liked before! No wonder 98% of everyone who loses weight, gains it back … plus more. Try adding just slightly more food to your lettuce leaf diet, and the weight will begin creeping back on. And, guess what? The weight is only gained back in fat! So now, you are worse off than you were before you started.
Your only concern should be body fat going down. The goal when trying to lose weight is to keep all of your existing muscle or build even more muscle. If you increase lean body mass, you have more working muscles to burn more fat.
Muscle fibers supply the proper contours to your body, where fat is usually unsightly.
Over the past several years, it has been found that for long lasting fat loss, you must build muscle. Aerobic activity does not build muscle. You need an exercise program that consists of aerobic activity as well as weight or resistance training for muscle maintenance and growth.