Of the three variable aspects of your body’s composition (muscle, fat and water) the weight you want to target for reduction is fat. Yet, what’s the difference between losing weight versus losing inches? Here’s to give you a clear understanding of what each of these terms means so that you can make an educated decision about how to lose fat and inches.
First, we need know what weight loss is and what inch loss is. If we asked you, “do you want to lose weight, or inches?” most people would say weight. And the reason for that is most people don’t take the time to think about what the difference is. Once we lay out the differences, we know that you will rethink what goals you are trying to achieve in your health and lifestyle.
What is weight loss? Well, there are a number of different factors involved when we go on a diet or supplements, or program, and the bad thing is that the process is crippled as soon as it begins. The first thing that we usually lose on these diets plans and supplements is water weight. Now, obviously the human body is made up mostly of water. So losing water weight doesn’t have any kind of long term benefits for us. But as with most diet programs, this is the first thing to go.
The next thing you lose is huge and we want to ask this question first, “Have you ever been a yo-yo dieter?” That is, have you gone up and down in weight because of a weight loss plan or diet?” For example, you would get on a diet plan, or diet supplements, and boom! You would be losing weight and feeling good about yourself. But after you stop taking the supplements, you would get off the plan, and gain all that weight back; PLUS more.
Here’s why, the second thing after losing water weight is your lean muscle mass. This is so important because lean muscle is what our body uses to burn fat! You are not only setting yourself up for failure, but you are actually making it worse! We need lean muscle to burn fat, and we also need it to help us keep it off once we have gotten rid of it.
We’re sure some of you can relate to this, and because on most of these diet supplements and plans, you’ll lose lean muscle instead (which is also unhealthy) and you have that yo-yo effect when you get off to whatever plan you’re on. This has been the struggle of many people who want to lose weight.
Now, let’s talk about Inch Loss and why this should be our goal and not necessarily weight.
Well, Inch Loss is not losing water weight (which is not long term anyway), and it is not losing our fat burning engine which is our lean muscle. It’s losing the FAT on our body. Losing fat while preserving and even improving our lean muscle mass is the key if we want to lose fat, and ultimately keep it off once we’ve lost it. That’s what inch loss is. Burning the fat on our body and not just losing water and lean muscle. If we continue on the track of hindering our body’s ability to burn fat, we will always, always gain that weight back. And in most cases we’ll gain more.
Addressing the Need
Okay, so now that you know what the differences are between weight loss and inch loss, you should know that losing fat should be the goal. And losing fat not only translate into losing the pounds on the scale, but more importantly losing fat gives us a healthier body, and that should be our ultimate goal. Losing fat also means losing inches, which means our clothes start to fit better. J
And now that you have a clearer picture, we say happy losing inches to you!
The Fabulous Team