Everyone wants to “lose weight” right? And everyone wants to know “how?” Well maybe we are asking the wrong question. Maybe we should be asking “why?”
1. You’re asking the wrong question.
Q. Why do you want to lose weight?
A. I want to curb health issues, fit into my old clothes, feel better, be skinnier, have more definition, be able to do more physically. Any of these answers sound like you? We are barely scratching the surface here. So what if I told you that you could have all these things, look skinny and defined, etc., if you never looked at a scale again. Would the number matter to you, or does the outcome matter to you? It is after all just a number. Most of us tend to see it however, as a representation of our physical image. The thing is… It is not always an accurate representation. These answers, or some similar form, usually come with the question. However the question and answer of “weight loss” do not match…
2. You’re focusing on the wrong thing.
So here’s the rub: If you want to be skinny by losing weight, go for it. But if you think that losing weight will make you healthy, you have been lied to. Is it possible? yes. Unlikely? You had better believe it. It is not the absence of body fat but the presence of lean muscle that will give the best bang for the buck. Muscle burns more calories than fat at rest, essentially cleaning of those fat stores for you. Muscle is also about 3 times more dense than fat, meaning that the size of 1 pound of muscle is about the size of 3 pounds of fat.
3. Your scale lies.
Both in the measurements of weight and body fat if your scale has that functionality. A myriad of factors play into the number on the scale like:
How much water and or food you have consumed.
Number of trips to the restroom.
How much sodium has been in your diet.
Time of day.
Day of the week.
And it goes on and on….
So here is the REAL question: Do you want to lose weight, or lose fat? In most cases, the quickest route to get to your goal is to couple both resistance training (weight lifting) with metabolic conditioning (cardio). This will give you both a quick fat burn, as well as build lean muscle mass for extended benefits.