What is weight loss and how does it work?
Weight is a person’s mass. It accounts for their bones, the muscles and tendons on those bones, the organs, the food and water in those organs, and the fat surrounding all of this.
When a person sets out to lose weight their intention is usually to drop the fat. However, the number on the scale does not directly reflect a loss of fat; it can reflect a loss of muscle, water loss, or a really good bowel movement.
So, how does one lose this fat?
For starters, there are two types of fats found in the body:
- White fat: the type of fat that is used to store energy and secretes hormones into the blood stream.
- Brown fat: the type of fat that helps keep the body warm and burns calories. This kind of fat is actually good to have and helps improve metabolic function.
Both fats are essential for survival, however, white fat is the fat we try our best to regulate. So what is white fat and where does it come from? The white fat is energy storage. This means that the body creates it when we have extra energy that our body does not need to use.
How do you lose this white fat then? – Well there are so many ways of doing this so I’ll just list a few for you:
- Get about half of your calories from carbs (veggies count as carbs and whole grains), a quarter from protein (lean sources such as chicken and fish) and last quarter should come from good fats (like avocados and olive oil).
- Do some strength training. Aim for three times a week. You don’t even have to go to the gym. Just check out some bodyweight youtube vids. You can even get some dumbbells and a medicine ball for home!
- CARDIO! A lot of people will tell you that cardio isn’t necessary for fat reduction. The American College of Sports Medicine would beg to differ.
- Take a fish oil supplements (unless you’re vegan, then find an omega 3-6-9 alternative)
The best way to do all of this is by living a healthy lifestyle. Try to eliminate as much processed food as you can. Learn to cook healthy meals. Always read ingredients on a label, if you can’t pronounce it, don’t use it (unless it’s quinoa). 8-9hrs of sleep a night. Drink lots of water. Treat your body properly