I'm going to keep this blog posting extremely short and simple. And thankfully, because of this exceptional photo I came across, I won't have to do much explaining.
Just because you're losing body weight, does not mean you are doing your body any good. Interestingly enough, you're weight could stay the same, or increase, and you could be a zillion times healthier, fitter and smaller than you were before. Similarily, you could shed lots of weight, but sadly end up frail, flabby, sick and weak. The key is to shed body fat and retain, or increase, muscle mass. Ultimately, making you a leaner, more 'fuel-efficient' human being.
It’s not about weighing less. With a goal like that, you could find yourself celebrating over a 5-10lb loss of muscle! And that’s anything but good news. In the long run, shedding muscle will just slow down your metabolic rate and you'll find yourself quickly turning into, yes a smaller person, but a flabbier person as well with no shape or structure. And, sorry to say, but you can even end up with a potentially risky body fat percentage (too high).
Let's look at this photo. Both guys on the scale weigh 250lbs and have the same BMI (Body Mass Index) because they are the same height. But look at their physiques. A little bit different... don't you think? Granted, this is a cartoon, but it's actually entirely accurate. Many bodybuilders are deemed obese or overweight on the BMI scale, simply because of their weight. And that's where BMI blunders. It doesn’t take into account your percent of lean tissue & muscle. The guy on the left is bound to be much healthier, is obviously much leaner and is much less likely to be considered frail or weak.
So this is what is all boils down to: focus on shedding body fat and leaning out as opposed to focusing on the number on the scale decreasing. If you want to look your best, feel your best and attain optimum health, it’s all about shedding fat, not weight. And to do that takes a proper diet (high protein, consistent meals every 3-4 hours etc.) and a consistent weight lifting regime, with a little bit of strategic cardio to help.
Note: My next FREE E-Book will be a very basic diet plan to help jump-start basic fat loss goals. Coming soon!