Fatness & Weight Loss

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When we lose weight it can be due to a loss of water, loss of muscle or loss of fat or, more likely, it’s a combination of all 3.

 

Water usually accounts for around 60-65 per cent of a person’s body weight - more if it is abnormally retained as a result of a salty diet or certain medications or medical conditions.

 

Muscle cells hold more water than fat cells and, whether we lose muscle or fat, the amount of body water decreases. When we gain or lose weight quickly, the changes often result from shifts in body water and not necessarily in muscle or fat.

 

When we put on weight in the form of fat, our fat cells swell until they reach their maximum size.

 

The next bit of information is important to know.

 

NEW FAT CELLS ARE THEN MADE when the existing fat cells have reached their oversized limit.

 

Then when we lose weight our fat cells shrink BUT THEIR NUMBERS STAY THE SAME!

 

SO ONCE FAT IS GAINED IT BECOMES MORE DIFFICULT TO LOSE.

 

That’s why it’s a really good idea to prevent fat gain to begin with.

 

Fat also needs the support of muscle and bone so if you lose fat you will inevitably lose some of that lean muscle when it’s no longer needed to support the fat.

 

So, to avoid excessive loss of muscle while getting rid of body fat, you need to aim to lose weight at a gradual pace (about 0.5 – 1kg per week) and maintain a good exercise programme that incorporates both cardiovascular and resistance training.


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