Weight loss and fat loss are not the same thing. The scale can be misleading if it‘s the only way you measure your progress, because the scale doesn‘t tell you the difference between fat weight and muscle weight. For example, a woman could weigh 110 pounds but have 33 percent body fat. That‘s what you call a ―skinny fat person. On the other hand, a well-trained female athlete could weigh 150 pounds and be very lean, with 16 percent body fat. That‘s what you call ―solid muscle.
What matters most is your ratio of muscle to fat—your body composition. With this distinction in mind, losing weight should not be your only goal. Your main focus should be burning the fat and keeping the muscle. As long as your body is mostly muscle, then you shouldn‘t worry so much about your total body weight. Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle will teach you how to measure your body fat and use body composition to track your progress. You‘ll learn how to get results as fast as possible, but you‘ll also be reminded that there‘s a world of difference between rapid weight loss and permanent fat loss.
Crash diets are tempting because they can produce quick weight loss, at least in the beginning. The problem is, when you cut calories too much, or banish entire food groups, you may not get enough vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, or fiber. Reduce your carbohydrates too much, and your energy level takes a nosedive. If you fall short on protein, you could lose lean body mass, which slows your metabolism and makes you softer and weaker. You might weigh less and fit into a smaller size, but your body still looks flabby.
Even if you grit your teeth and willpower your way through an extreme diet for a few months, the consequences outweigh the benefits. Deprivation diets make you lethargic, hungry, and miserable. You can‘t stay on them forever, so the weight loss rarely lasts. As with US! you‘ll discover that if you eat the right foods, you can actually eat more and nourish your body with all the nutrients it needs. You‘ll not only burn fat faster and keep it off, you‘ll also get healthier and feel more energized at the same time.