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Fat Loss, 6 Facts They Don't Want You To Know
The Facts You Need To Know
Losing fat is a complicated and poorly understood process, and is not helped by all the hype that we see and read about in magazines, newspapers, television, and the internet. The problems are not just physiological, but psychological as well and in ways that we have no control over. Rest assured that it has nothing, nothing at all, to do with will power. Here are six facts that should shed some light on the matter for you.
1. Nutrition is more important for losing fat than exercise, but because of the way our bodies lose weight we need to increase our activity levels as well as eating a more nutritional diet. The weight we lose by dieting alone is a mixture of water, fat, muscle mass, and bone density.
2. The water loss will quickly be regained and lead you to believe that your diet is not working very well. For instance, if you lose four pounds in your first week you may not lose any at all in your second week even although you have probably lost some more fat. This becomes demoralizing and makes your struggle even harder. Forget the scales, it is not your weight that is important, your objective is to lose fat, which is totally different from losing weight. Besides there are better indicators you can use, for example, how well your clothes fit, or how well you are feeling, your energy levels, alertness, memory, skin texture, etc., all these are far more informative that weighing scales are.
3. Losing muscle mass and bone density is a very unhealthy side effect of dieting, and steps have to taken to prevent this. Exercise can strengthen bones and joints and build muscle, but only if the correct type of exercise and the correct nutrition is used. Not all forms of exercise is beneficial for strengthening bones and joints and building and repairing muscle, and the same can be said for nutrition as well, both need to be targeted to be effective.
4. Fat weighs less than muscle or bone, so, depending on how much fat you have to lose, it's quite possible that the weight lost by losing fat can be completely offset by the weight gained in building muscle and strengthening bones, which leads to no loss in weight, or perhaps even a slight increase in weight.
5. Another side effect of losing body weight is a decrease in leptin, leptin is a hormone secreted by fat cells, studies have shown that lower levels of leptin affect the blood flow in specific areas of our brain making us desire food more and also gives us less control over how much we eat, and makes our bodies store a higher percentage of our food intake as fat. To those without this knowledge, it seems like a lack of will-power, but it is a hormonal response that we have no control over and is designed to be beneficial in times of famine.
6. This contributes to the yo-yo dieting effect that most dieters experience. This effect produces an even greater problem, if we are losing weight solely from dieting, when we put that weight back on it is all fat, we have actually replaced the muscle and bone weight lost by extra fat weight, and as fat weighs less we have actually grown in volume and a greater percentage of our body mass is now fat.
Hopefully, you can now see that going on one diet after another makes us fatter and generally unhealthier. You can also now see that your fat problem is not your fault. For too long we have been given the wrong advice on fat loss. If all, or even some, of the diets, pills, potions, natural remedies etc. worked, why is obesity still the world wide problem it is today and why is it getting worse? We need expert advice on exercise and nutrition in combination if we are to have any hope of beating this epidemic. Or try the Health Advice Online blog.