The difference between Weight Loss and Fat Loss and Why you should focus on FITNESS (not skinniness) for Long Term Health. The ideal body composition–the ratio of lean muscle to fatty tissue in our bodies–is low in fat and high in lean muscle.
Restricting Calories to Lessen Body Weight will diminish the body’s ability to fight illness and disease.
With all of the above considered, you must understand that your chances of becoming Obese (which is a medical classification, not a judgmental adjective) are much higher when you only focus on being ‘skinny’; where when you work on strength training, you will continue to ward off obesity, and all the diseases associated with it. Get tested: Have a fitness professional test your body fat for you at your local gym or test yourself at home using this protocol. Pump it up: Research shows that muscle strength declines by 15 percent per decade after age 50, and 30 percent per decade after age 70. Protein: Protein is the building block of muscle and it is essential for repair after workouts. Practice stress management: Elevated levels of stress hormone (cortisol) can have a negative effect on body composition by increasing the breakdown of muscle mass and increasing the deposition of fat around the abdomen.
A balanced diet, regular exercise routine, and positive state of mental health will help you look and feel your best. This post is not meant to say people shouldn’t lose weight, with the obesity epidemic we do need to encourage our world to maintain a healthier weight. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


While weight may be important in the grand scheme of things, but there is a number that is much more accurate than this at providing a measurement of health: Body Fat Percentage.
This means that you may be technically heavier than what you would like, but what you ‘like’ is based on an error in education! We become unhealthy when our percentage of body fat is too high because of excess fat and because of muscle loss. Loss of muscle is linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, and high blood pressure.
Having a fit body means you are fueling it properly and each of the body’s processes are operating to their maximum ability. This also means that more of the foods you eat are used as fuel, while the extra is passed and not stored.
As expected, along with this decline in muscle mass is a five percent decrease per decade in our metabolic rate. According to a recent study from the University of Illinois, a higher protein intake during weight loss can offset negative effects on muscle mass by maintaining more muscle relative to the amount of weight lost. Questions to consider before starting your fitness careerMelissa Morony on Teaching Fitness 101. I want you to be as educated as possible, and this means understanding why a ‘healthy Body Fat Percentage’ is so much more accurate of a goal than a ‘healthy weight’.
And of course, continuing to exercise will aid in keeping your metabolism boosted so that you continue to feel younger, and look your best.


You should adopt a well rounded exercise plan that incorporates strength training to maintain lean muscle mass and keep your metabolism running fast. If your weight loss plan includes weight-lifting or resistance training (as it should), your best incentive is to judge your progress by the fit and feel of your clothes rather than your weight. Do not overdo cardiovascular exercise — it can damage the muscle fibres that you are working so hard to build and maintain. This post is simply meant to argue that it’s not weight but your body composition that is important in assessing health and achieving wellness. As you can see you’re actually better off weighing more on the scale if you’re able to maintain a healthy fat mass-to lean mass ratio.  The more muscle you have in your body, the more metabolically active you are. All of these things add up quickly to provide a healthier body composition and a happier picture of wellness in the long-term. You’re less likely to develop joint problems, osteoarthritis, heart disease, diabetes and more.



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