Should we strive for weight loss or fat loss ? If you lose weight primarily because of loss of muscle mass, your basal metabolic rate will slow down and after a while you will gain more weight than you started with.
On the other hand,if you gain weight because of increased muscle mass, your metabolism will increase: a positive result. Therefore, it is not what you weigh that matters, but what that weight is made up of.
Your body consists of water, bones, various organs, muscles and fat. The amount of body fat varies quite a lot within a 'normal'range. Ideally for men, that means about 16 to 18 per cent fat. Normally, only top athletes have a lower percentage of fat. For women, 20 to 22 per cent body fat is considered ideal. Looking at your percentage of body fat, rather than at your weight, is a better way to judge good health.
The simplest way to determine whether you have lost body fat is to take into account both your BMI (Body Mass Index) and your waistline measurement, especially if you have a lot of abdominal fat.
How To calculate Your BMI: Your weight in kilograms, divided by your height in metres squared. So someone who weighs 100kg and is 1.8m tall would have a BMI of 31 (1.8m x 1.8m = 3.24: 100kg / 3.24 = 30.86)
BMI 19 - 25 : normal weight
BMI 25 - 30: Overweight
BMI 30 - 35: Stage 1 obesity
BMI 35 - 40: Stage 2 obesity
BMI over 40: Stage 3 obesity
(sourced: The Greek Doctor's Diet - Dr. Fedon Alexander Lindberg)
If you are aware of any health problem which may compromise your general health, it is important to seek treatment. A Health and Wellness Counselor may help you, to bring you back in balance and to good health through, detoxing, healthy eating and living, create a proper diet suited for your condition, advise natural remedies, herbs, wholefood supplements and organic cosmetics.
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !