Many online articles on weight loss do not inform the reader that losing weight through diet and exercise could be fat, muscle or water. There are different ways of structuring a diet and exercise plan to get the specific outcome that you want when aiming to change your body weight or body composition.
Losing Weight Vs Losing Fat
If you just want to get smaller in body size and skinnier, then losing muscle would not be a problem for you. But if you want to look toned, sculpted or muscular you need to preserve your muscles while dropping body fat.
I believe that most people who say that they want to lose weight, actually want to lose fat only. Excess fat is what makes your body unattractive, unfit and unhealthy. Muscle is a valuable component of your lean body mass that makes you strong, athletic, chiseled and healthy.
Losing muscle is never a good thing due to it’s high overall value to the body. The only time losing muscle may be acceptable is if you are a huge bodybuilder and want to slim down to get to a more moderate size. But for people just starting out on a weight loss or fitness program there really is no positive reason to lose muscle.
Unfortunately, many people pay no attention to whether their weight loss is coming from fat loss or muscle loss because they’re totally obsessed with scale weight. That is a big mistake. The scale doesn’t tell you how much of your weight is fat and how much is muscle. Most dieters assume that weight loss is always a positive outcome, and weight gain is always negative. But what if the loss or gain came from muscle?
The good thing is that one is able to lose fat and preserve muscle by using the right diet and exercise program. This is all it takes to keep your muscles while burning fat. Using the right nutrition and training protocols that will produce this outcome is key.
If you want a toned or muscular body you have to change your preoccupation with scale weight and instead set your goals and judge your progress based on total body composition – lean body mass vs body fat.
With so much emphasis on weight loss only in many programs and articles, prioritizing body composition over body weight may not be an easy shift in mindset to make at first, but it’s very important to your long-term success.