Weight Loss Vs Fat Loss Explained
Now days when most people will refer to weight loss vs fat loss they are using the two terms interchangeably. Have you ever heard phrases like “The scale doesn’t tell you everything” and wonder what that really means? We will provide you with a clear understanding on how these two terms differ from one another.
The human body consists of a skeletal system, muscle, water, organs, fat, etc. Our body weight can decrease for various ways such as dropping intramuscular water, losing muscle, and oxidizing fat. The total number on the scale drops but the problem when we aim for weight loss alone we ultimately find ourselves not being able to achieve the desired result and even slowing down are metabolism along the way causing us to revert to our ways and old eating habits that got us there in the first place. we need to keep in mind the specific objectives; FAT LOSS.
Take for instance diets that restricts you from consuming of a specific nutrient, for our example let’s use carbohydrates. When we devoid the body of carbs a few things begin to happen within the body and the scale, sometimes at a rapid pace.
Carbohydrates bind to water and retain three times as much water than any other macronutrient. When you cut back on carbs, your body isn’t retaining as much water, plain and simple.
Losing water is like waxing your car – makes the exterior look sleeker but the beautification is short lived. Muscle is made up of 70% water, pulling water can improve your appearance provided your body fat is low enough, however doing so for long periods of time can cause several issues as the muscle eventually adapts causing atrophy as well as compromising its integrity leading to possible injury.
Muscle requires constant work to maintain – we all know this. If our focus becomes that of purely calorie restriction, you will almost assuredly lose muscle tissue. Without adequate amounts of protein in your diet, your body can’t rebuild the tissue even if you are strength training. Not only is it a bummer to forfeit those gains, but muscle directly impacts your basal metabolic rate (BMR) which means lower calorie burn throughout the day.
Muscle tissue also regulates your insulin sensitivity – the biological process that determines how well your body absorbs nutrients. If you lose muscle tissue from dieting improperly, the nutrients you eat are less likely to be partitioned to your muscle cells and more likely to be stored as fat cells.
Fat Loss/Oxidation, unlike Muscle hypertrophy (gain), is a catabolic process. The ways in which we approach fat loss from a nutritional perspective is antagonistic to that of building muscle and vice versa.
Lipolysis or process of breaking down fat lipids and triglycerides is regulated by the enzyme adenosine mono phosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPk). AMPk is activated when the cell is in a state of energy deprivation and occurs under these conditions:
• Nutrient deprivation (specifically glucose)
• Ischemia (Lack of Blood supply to an Organ)
• Use of certain chemicals/drugs
AMPk is your fat burning “switch” that has a range of benefits including but not limited to improved glucose uptake into muscle tissue, enhanced fatty acid oxidation, and inhibiting the formation of new fat cells. Sounds good doesn’t it? Lets discuss how we can activate this protein and get our metabolic furnaces started up!