Weight loss vs fat loss: Don’t confuse the two!

getty_rf_photo_of_woman_grasping_bathroom_scaleCourtesy LifeMojo.com
They’re not quite the same thing and you need to figure out which takes priority.

People seem to use the terms weight loss and fat loss interchangeably, not understanding the difference between them. It is important, however, that you do understand — there is a big difference between losing weight and losing fat.

What’s the difference? Let’s start by defining weight loss and fat loss.

Weight loss is the loss in your body weight — the sum weight of your bones, muscles, organs, body fat and water in the body.

Fat loss is the loss in your body fat — the amount of fat your body carries. Healthy goals are 12-20 percent body fat for men and 18-25 percent for women.

Weight is good, not bad; you do not want to lose weight, and more importantly for your health, you do not want to lose muscle. Our weight is made up of tissue, muscle, bone, blood, fat, water, and the rest of our physical bodies.

Muscle, like every other component of our physical make-up, is most important.

And fat is also a necessary, vital part of our physical make-up. Excess fat, however, is bad news and that is what you should focus on — fat loss.

This is a repost of an online article courtesy LifeMojo.com

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