ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Weight loss vs Transformation

Updated on April 20, 2016

Every year many people make the legendary goal to lose weight and believe it or not they actual succeed, but they give up because what they see in the mirror is not what they were shooting for (even though you went to the gym and even skipped a few meals). Don’t believe me? Go step on the scale you’ve loss the weight. Now you could be telling yourself that you don’t look any different though; well let’s quickly dive into the real problem which is that you may gotten your fitness goals a little mix up. Ask yourself this: Are you looking to lose weight for health issue or a wrestling match? Or are you trying to transform your body so you can hit the beach in that new suit you’ve been wanting to wear? Before going to the gym or starting/joining any kind of workout plan you need to identify your fitness goals (unless you love wasting your money buying bags of grapefruit, weight loss magazines, videos, or even a personal trainer). Before we dissect the difference between the two let’s take a look body composition to get a little understanding of why it is important to know the difference between the two.

Body composition

Body composition is defined by the amount of skeletal muscle, fat, bones, organs, blood, water and several other components in your body. Keep in mind that these components varies from person to person. To make it simple let’s split the body into two components: fat mass and fat-free mass. Fat mass of course is all the fat in your body and fat-free mass of course is everything that isn’t fat (muscle, bone, blood, organs, water, glycogen, and the rest.) How does this play a part in your fitness goals? Well if you take a person with a low body fat percentage versus someone with a high body fat percentage and they both weigh the same they’d look totally different. This also makes stepping on the scale tricky because it may read you actually gained weight when in fact you loss fat and gained muscle. Now let’s look at the difference between losing weight and transformation.

Weight loss

A person reason for losing weight varies from person to person whether to fit in an old dress, pants, health issues, etc. To battle this people simply try (and I do mean try) eating healthier and light exercising. These are the people who tend to go to the gym and spend 30 minutes to an hour on the treadmill then leave. The most common two mistakes with people who are looking to lose weight is that they skip meals and that they are unsatisfied with the results they're seeing. Well first off skipping meals or cheating yourself on a meal (by which I mean you eat a carrot for dinner or something) is that you’ll lose both fat and muscle for lack of protein (and the fact that you’re probably doing way too much cardio exercise). The second reason is that you expect your body to go under some magic transformation where everything is round, tight, and firm in the right places. In reality you are doing what you said you are doing which is losing weight. Don’t get me wrong you will see a change in your appearance, but chances are it’s not what you had in mind. To lose weight one can simply make healthier food choices with a well balance meal along with exercising.

Transformation

Now if you see yourself looking amazing on the beach with all eyes on you then you’re looking for a transformation. This is a lot different from losing weight; this requires a lot more effort. Keep in mind to ignore the scale; like I said before the numbers will fool you and your body composition varies from person to person. Instead use measure tape to measure your progress. You can’t approach this with a weight loss attitude. The goal here is to build lean muscle; this is due to the fact that lean muscle burns fat. So when you go to the gym it’s okay to hit the treadmill, but don’t spend forever on it. Try visiting the squat station, the leg curl machine, chest fly machine, or do some lunges (they don’t bite). It would also help if you had a set routine in place so you won’t be looking lost and confused only to be getting in everybody’s way. After a good workout don’t forget to refuel your torn tissue with protein as well as getting a good rest. So if your goal is to transform your body make sure you’re taking the proper steps needed to do so.

So now that you see the difference between the two fitness goals it should be easy for you to pick a routine that will get you the results you’re looking for. If you have an image of yourself that you’ve haven’t reached yet then you’re looking to transform your body. On the other hand, if you’re looking to lose weight for personal issues then you’re looking for a weight loss program. Hopefully this will help you from spending money on useless gadgets and fitness videos just to end up in the trash or in the attic.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)