The diet industry thrives on failure, but it does so through some intricate plans and methods that keep their legions of followers in the dark about the truth. Most people who have failed on diets have very little of an idea what their body has been put through. This article addresses the critical difference between weight loss and fat loss; it is the defining factor that has lead so many unsuspecting people to endless failed attempts.
The truth is that flash diets do 'work' to an extent, but they inevitably end up causing worse problems than they solve. More importantly, they don't address the most pressing concerns of dieters: excess fat. So, let's discuss some of these distinctions between weight loss and fat loss.
About Weight Loss
This is the category where flash diets are filed. Anything that gives you that 'too good to be true' feeling, whether it is weight loss through drinks, pills, or special food is really focusing on your weight as a whole. That is the key point: what is weight? It's everything! The term 'weight' encompasses everything your body holds to comprise your total mass: your organs, your bones and all of your bodily fluids count as weight.
So, once you understand that 50-60% of your body weight is attributed to just water, the method that these flash diets use seems pretty clear. Most quick fix diets deplete the water in your body and deprive you of any more water entering it. They do these through 'low-carb' foods, which ultimately hinder your body's ability to store as much water as it once did. Naturally, you swill out your excess water weight and lose up to 15 pounds in a shocking amount of time. Unfortunately, that's just the beginning.
Dehydration puts your body in panic mode and slows down your metabolism, which is your body's natural calorie burner. This is why so many people gain all the weight lost back after a flash diet; their body simply does not want to risk losing the calories because it's been starved for too long.
About Fat Loss
Everyone knows what fat is, but it's been tragically misunderstood. Healthy fat is actually an essential part of any legitimate weight loss regimen, but that's a discussion for another day. Excess fat is one of the most threatening issues society is facing in terms of health, with obesity and cardiovascular disease an increasing concern. Body fat problem everybody is trying to solve, and there are a few important ways one can determine the amount of fat they must lose in order to be healthy.
It's all about determining your body fat percentage. For women, a good and healthy body fat percentage is around 20-25% and for men it's way down at 8-22%. It's this that should become the focal point of weight loss programs because most people don't even come close to these ranges.
The most important distinction between weight loss and fat loss is that fat loss actually improves your overall health and boosts your metabolism. Remember: your body WANTS to be thin and fit; you just have to put it in the position to do its job.