Weight loss vs Fat loss: What’s the Difference? — There is biggest well-known misconception, where most people think that weight loss and fat reduction are the same thing. The fact is, they are not and never will be, although the terms are often used interchangeably.
People usually look on the scale first to measure how significant their weight loss goal, as it one of the easiest ways. Of course, there are always limits to what scale number can tell you, and it might take you down the wrong path.
Weight loss refers to a reduction in overall body mass from muscle, bone, water, and fat, while fat loss refers strictly to a reduction in body fat which is a component of body weight. However, it can be difficult to know whether you’re losing weight from fat or muscle. Given there are multiple factors that influence weight, a loss of fat does not always guarantee that a decrease in weight will be immediately reflected on the scale number.
Why Focus on Fat Loss and Not Weight loss?
Even though fat loss or changes in body composition is often used as a health goal, what most people are looking now is instant weight. The fact is changes in body composition and fat loss are more healthful goals than weight loss alone, and further to it increasing overall muscle mass is arguably the best way to support it.
Muscle tissue at the same weight of fat, will have more density takes up less physical space. Increasing muscle mass, followed by decreasing fat mass, will cause changes in body composition, even their weights remain the same. If an individual loses 5 kg of fat and gains 5 kg of muscle, the number on the scale will remain the same but their body composition and body shape will definitely look different.
The bottom line is, fat loss is a more healthful goal than weight loss and can be measured through body measurements, and is best supported through of combination of diet and resistance training.Learn more about fat loss program with our clinical nutrition and sport medicine specialist at BIMC Hospital Nusa Dua, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.