Be A Fat Loss Winner – Should You Stop Losing Weight?
I hear this over and over, several times a day in fact. It’s these words, “I want to lose weight.”
I’d say back “You should watch your diet by eating clean, workout with moderate aerobics and strength train several times a week”.
I also remind them to stop “losing weight”. Yes, you heard me, focus on stop losing the weight.
Why? The scale can give you the information that may not be in your favor especially if you lose digits on the scale. The reason, if you are exercising and following a healthy, supportive diet, you can build muscle and become leaner, and maybe you didn’t lose anything scale weight number. However, you are leaner therefore your measure or health and fitness has improved. If you follow the scale, you might be discouraged to see you didn’t drop weight.
On the other side, if lost the lean muscle on your frame and you lost scale weight because you lost the lean muscle, then, you’ve completely destroyed your metabolism. Do you see where I’m coming from? Don’t slow your metabolism, the key is speeding it up.
Ingrain this in your mental muscle, your brain, to be healthier and fitter equals “reduced body fat percent” Increasing muscle mass is a good thing when it comes to losing fat. So don’t lose important muscle mass. You should think this, muscle equals metabolism.
Now, if your grossly overweight, yes, a reduction in the number on the scale is a sign of improvement. This is an example of how people are constantly glued to what number is “on the scale” and not considering several more important factors such as how they look in the mirror, inches lost and how much they’ve lowered their body fat percentage.
Now, some quick tidbits on strength training so you can reduce body fat:
– Struggle A little. Give your body some a challenge with a slight overload on the weight you use. A repetition range of 8 to 10 reps with a little “struggle” for you but you practicing in good form is an easy way to gauge if the weight is heavy enough.
– No Bouncing. During your repetitions, especially at the bottom of the movement, never bounce. And if you are using heavy weights, you could damage the tendons around the joint.
– Stretch It. Stretch the muscles during and especially after the training session to aid in the recovery process. It doesn’t have to take long, even five minutes can help.
With anything, especially living a healthier lifestyle, you need to be persistence and consistent with your habits.