Weight loss and fat loss are two different goals. One can lose weight without losing fat but lose fat and gain weight. It is a strange fact about our culture that these two are often seen as one and the same thing, but this article will explain what happens when you diet and give you tips on how to become healthier and trimmer which have little to do with weight.
Diets and Weight Loss
Many diets are also detox programs in which participants drink a lot of fluids and eat very little food. As a result, they pee a lot, even getting rid of built-up fluids with the toxins they are releasing.
Peeing causes people to shed water weight so they are less bloated just about everywhere but they have not shed any fat or at least very little. Although a bathroom scale might reflect a loss of pounds and an inch or two has disappeared everywhere else, it returns when one resumes normal eating patterns.
Diets are not meant to be long-term eating plans because they leave participants feeling permanently hungry, tired, and frustrated. In fact, after a diet is over, most people put on even more weight and more fat than when they started by consuming large amounts of foods they craved while dieting.
Cardio and Fat Loss
Another myth is that you have to work out an hour each day to get rid of fat. Long periods of cardio are tiring, boring, and hard to fit into a busy life. They are also discouraging because one can get as much benefit out of shorter periods of better-chosen exercises.
If you like aerobics, dancing, running, and walking, don’t stop doing them, but know they are not helping you burn fat as effectively as you hoped and you don’t have to spend so much time working out.
Burn Fat with Fat
There is a big industry involved in the lie that you have to cut back to 0% fat or near as you can in order to lose fat. Our bodies store toxins in fat cells and most of us are eating synthetic, low-fat foods. Fat-free cakes and candies are full of sugar and chemicals that were never meant to be eaten and usually don’t come from nature either.
In order to lose fat, we have to stop looking for zero and low-fat versions of healthy foods such as plain yogurt which is creamy, rich, and full of good bacteria. These good bacteria aid in the uptake of nutrients from other sources of good fats such as avocado, fish, chicken, and nuts. If you want to eat a treat, make it a real one made from real ingredients.
Healthy Cell Development
Those fats are contributing to cell development throughout the body but particularly muscles and brain tissue. As long as they remain lean, bigger muscles burn fat all the time. Even when you don’t use them, they constantly require fuel which, if it is not provided in the form of food at every moment, is derived from fat stores.
If you fail to eat enough foods rich in amino acids such as fats and proteins, your body takes fuel from its own muscles which is known as catabolism. It is as though the body is cannibalizing its own muscle tissue in order to survive, but in this case the result is not lean, large muscles but atrophy and retained body fat.
Burn Fat with Fitness
Cardio is not bad for you, especially not if you can stick with it. Running isn’t as efficient, however, as HIIT movements or High Impact Interval Training. These moves frequently work two or more muscle groups simultaneously to burn more calories and more fat during a shorter period of time than cardio over the same period or even during a full session.
You could be getting as much or more out of 20-minute workout as you ordinarily would out of a 45-minute session. HIIT involves repeating a move for a minute or so followed by a short rest then another set of repetitions.
There are numerous variations with and without extra equipment so that your body does not become accustomed to the same moves all the time, causing fat loss to plateau. Mixing them up and providing variety also prevents participants from suffering boredom while they work hard and sweat hard to burn fat.