Weight Loss Versus Fat Reduction: Know the Difference?

If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, you don’t simply want to lower the number on the scale — you want to get rid of the excess fat that makes your clothes feel tight and puts your long-term health at risk. Before you dive headfirst into an untenable weight loss plan, however, it’s important to realize that weight loss isn’t necessarily synonymous with fat loss.

Here at Impressions MedSpa in Sarasota, Florida, we know a thing or two about what it takes to lose weight — and burn fat. That’s because we specialize in helping people of all shapes and sizes meet their body weight goals safely, efficiently, and effectively.

So before you get on board with the latest diet plan or exercise fad, take a few moments to read up on the difference between weight loss and fat loss, and find out what you can to achieve both.

The lowdown on weight loss

When you’re overweight or obese, making the decision to lose weight is the first step toward improving your health and getting the body you want. If you don’t currently watch what you eat or exercise with any regularity, you can start shedding pounds pretty quickly by cutting most processed foods from your diet and moderately increasing your activity level.

Burning more calories than you consume may be the straightforward formula for weight loss, but what exactly does that mean?

Weight loss simply refers to a lower number on the scale, and each time you drop another pound, there are three possible explanations: You’re either losing water, fat, or muscle. In fact, unless your diet plan and fitness routine are perfectly designed to promote fat loss, chances are you’re losing some amount of each of these as you pursue your weight loss goals.

Although this strategy may be effective and even ideal for people who have a lot of weight to lose and just want to get the ball rolling, it’s not the best way to promote fat loss for those who are equally as concerned with maintaining or improving their overall fitness levels.

Fat loss basics

Intense dieting and improper training strategies are largely responsible for causing the kind of short-lived weight loss that comes from losing water weight and muscle along with fat. In addition to reducing your strength and overall fitness levels, these unsustainable strategies make it more likely that you’ll eventually regain any weight you have lost — usually in the form of increased body fat.   

To ensure that weight loss means fat loss, it’s important to do two things: Eat a healthy diet that meets your body’s nutritional needs and preserve or build your muscle tissue.   

By combining aerobic training (cardio exercise) with resistance training (strength exercises), your body will burn more fat as you gain lean muscle mass. Building lean tissue is a great way to rev up your metabolism, as muscle naturally burns about 50 more calories a day than fat. Resistance training also provides a so-called after-burn effect, in that your body continues to burn additional calories for hours after your workout is over.

The ideal weight loss diet provides enough calories and nutrients to meet your body’s needs, support your lean tissues, and protect your overall health. That means consuming a balanced, whole foods-based diet that contains the right amount of protein. What happens if you don’t consume enough protein when you’re trying to lose weight? Your body breaks down your muscles to get the protein it needs to maintain normal function.

What about persistent fat?

Ah, persistent fat — those stubborn pockets of fat that hang on for dear life despite your best weight loss efforts. If you’re at a relatively healthy body weight and you just can’t seem to get rid of belly fat, love handles, excess thigh fat, or upper arm fat, you’re not alone.

As you age, these so-called problem areas may be even harder to get rid of through traditional diet and exercise methods. Fortunately, advances in aesthetic medicine make it possible to target areas of unwanted fat quickly, safely, and effectively.  

Here at Impressions MedSpa, we offer the most advanced non-invasive and minimally-invasive fat reduction treatments available, including BTL Vanquish ME™ and Smartlipo Triplex™. Both of these state-of-the-art treatments are designed to remove unwanted fat cells from specific areas of your body, leaving you with the slimmer, sculpted body you’ve always wanted.

With traditional fat loss methods, your fat cells shrink as you lose weight, but the cells themselves don’t disappear. One of the main benefits of BTL Vanquish ME and Smartlipo Triplex is that they actually get rid of the targeted fat cells for good.

Whether you’re looking to lose a substantial amount of weight or simply sculpt away a few troublesome areas of persistent fat, we’re ready to help. Call our Sarasota, Florida office today, or make an appointment online using our convenient online booking tool.

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