Fat Loss v Weight Loss
Whats the difference? A 2 min read
Many people join PLT wanting to ‘lose weight’ but what does that really mean?
Often people don’t even use a bathroom scale so it really means they wish to reduce their body size, change its appearance, make it perform better, make clothes looser/go down clothes sizes.
Your body, being approx. 65% water, will regulate the water it holds because ‘life’. If you become dehydrated, or if you’ve ever done a water cut, your weight goes down but eventually your body the regulates fluids it holds and your weight returns to its previous level .
So to move your weight down you need to burn fat.
** This doesn’t mean ‘burning fat when you exercise, that’s fat as an energy source, you need to ‘burn off’ the adipose tissue and that’s a different substrate**
So you’re working with a coach at PLT and your coach has you eating to a deficit; no PLT clients, on a weight loss plan, eats enough to gain fat... but one day your weight spikes - is that fat?
No, that’s just body fluids shifting, it can’t ever be fat but it’s very annoying we understand that!
You may have heard of a "WHOOSH" ?
As you lose fat, your body refills the fat cells with water, again your body’s trying to maintain homeostasis and life, eventually the fat cell collapses and ‘whoosh’ the scale drops! This is a common occurrence you may have already experienced!
If your body doesn’t have enough fuel to support it it will burn fat. When you’re sick, or women have their monthly cycle, your body will flood with fluids but you’re still burning fat. This is why post sickness or your cycle ends, your weight generally drops. It was burning fat all along but hiding it - pesky body!
This is why your coach looks at your weight averages, never your one day weight, what you weigh on check-in day means little to us...it’s your overall week always.
So if you can, try and understand the difference between fat loss and weight loss, its fat loss you are working towards not weight loss, and you’ll find the bathroom scale is a less scary object!
12/7/2021 12:18:36 am
Thanks for pointing out that we should burn fat to move our weight down. This is helpful because I have been overweight since last year and I want to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle for my three kids. I am hoping to find a clinic on Monday that can provide fat loss solutions at an affordable rate.
1/12/2022 05:52:57 pm
I like how you mentioned that it is important to consider having the right liquids in your body to stay healthy. My sister mentioned to me last night that she is planning to start her weight loss journey and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to consider. Thanks to this informative article, I'll be sure to tell her that consulting a trusted medical weight loss and nutrition program can help her with her journey.
2/16/2022 11:30:41 pm
I found it interesting when you said your coach looks at your weekly weight averages, not just one day's weight; what you weigh on check-in day means nothing to us; we're interested in your entire week. I used to think differently about it not until you explained it briefly and it really got my attention. What you said about the weight loss coach was really interesting to me.
2/23/2022 11:07:47 am
I've been having a hard time losing weight lately, and I'm not sure what to do about it. It makes sense that I would want to get a professional to help me out with things! That's definitely something worth looking into for me.
Thanks for helping me understand that medical weight loss centers would be letting clients eat enough to still have the body fluids that we need. I can imagine how this kind of specific information would lead to a successful weight loss program for me since I've been obese since I was a teen. So I hope to find a doctor that I can trust this year to finally be healthier while achieve my dream body before summer.
3/25/2022 10:52:31 am
Thank you for explaining that your body needs to burn fat in order to lose weight. My brother should know this since he's planning to take a weight loss program. I think it's best to seek assistance from professionals for a tailored approach.
5/30/2022 06:20:10 am
I read your blog. Having very use full information help me a lot.
8/8/2022 06:44:12 am
Thank you for sharing a great piece, very informative and could really help better ideas for those who are planning to start their weight loss journey!
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I'm Paul Leonard, CEO & founder of PLT Nutrition.