Posted On : 23 May, 2016
Losing weight has always been confused with losing fat. Working towards a lean and toned body is a healthy pursuit, but one must be aware of what they are doing to achieve their goals. Sometimes, people look to change their physique by getting rid of excess weight.
When they do not see any changes on the weighing scales, they get disheartened. Yet, there is always progress during regular workouts and one notices positive changes in their physique simply by looking at a mirror. However, people do not understand that getting into shape by losing excess fat is more important than simply losing weight.
There is a wrong underlying perception that losing weight is also the path to fitness. People often tend to forget that body weight depends on many other factors besides just fat.
The number that they see on the weighing machine consists of muscle, fat, bone, water, organs, and tissue. All these ‘parts’ play an important role in keeping a person fit.
People also think that losing water weight can lead to apparently losing fat. The fact, however, is that body fat percentage is a more reliable way of tracking fitness. As people begin their fitness regimes, they see a lot of initial weight loss.
However, the body soon learns to adapt and begins to store more water in fewer cells. While they have been losing fat, this adaptation is reflected in mild increases in weight that seem to offset the gains of previous weeks.
This can be disheartening, and many people quit just when they are on the cusp of success. People also gain muscle mass that compensates for the loss of fat.
A person may see a rise in the body weight and physically still look better and fitter. The idea is to persevere, and soon, the body can develop a healthy rhythm and balance to suit the new lifestyle.
Dr Gurnam Singh Saini
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
MD Alternative Medicine
Panchkarma Detox Expert
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