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Do You Need to Lose Weight, Fat or Both?

Hello.  This is Carolyn Small.

Have you ever loss weight, say 5, 10, 15 pounds or more and still not look good in that new outfit you bought?  I know I have.  What I’ve learned is that there is a difference between weight loss and fat loss.  Some people think like I once did that if they lose weight they will also lose the fat that they want.  That’s not necessarily the case.  Depending on your particular situation, you may need to lose weight, or fat, or both to reach your fitness goals.  By now you may be asking yourself, “What’s the difference” and “Which one do I need to lose?”  Well, I’m here to help.  Read on.

Measuring weight loss is essential in determining if the weight you’re losing is really coming from fat.  High levels of body fat are belly-fatclosely tied to many of the diseases affecting people today. And, size is not always the best measure. It’s possible to drop weight without affecting fat stores very much.  The result is sagging skin, no muscle tone, and a level of body fat that leads to a number of health risks.  What the body looks like on the outside can be very misleading when looking at muscle to fat ratios.  And keep in mind that when you step on your bathroom scale every morning, what you will be reading is weight loss not fat loss.

Let’s begin by defining weight loss & fat loss so you know what I mean.

  • Weight Loss. You want to lower your body-weight, the sum weight of your bones, muscles, organs, body fat, etc.
  • Fat Loss. You want to lower your body fat, the amount of fat your body carries.  For healthy goals see table below.

Problems with Weight Loss. If you want to lose weight, it’s most likely because you carry too much fat.  There are people who must lose weight, like athletes before a competition, but most want really want to lose fat.  So stop weighing yourself.

  • Unreliable. Your body-weight can fluctuate daily since it’s influenced by your stomach/bowel/bladder content, water loss/retention, muscle loss/gain, fat loss/gain, ….
  • Irrelevant. 2 people with similar height can weigh the same, but look completely different because one has lower body fat than the the other.

So just what is considered a healthy percent body fat?  The table below reflects the recommendations of the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health:

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Make Sure You Lose Fat, Not Muscle? 5 lbs muscle takes less space than 5 lbs fat.  That means you’ll look slimmer at the same body-weight by building muscle.  Keys to losing fat, not muscle:

  • Get Stronger. Strength training builds muscle & prevents muscle loss.  It also helps sticking to your diet.
  • Eat Healthy. The best way to take off excess fat and still be healthy is by adopting a well-balanced diet.  Eat whole unprocessed foods 90% of the time, eat less starchy carbs, significantly reduce your fat intake and exercise daily.

You can do cardio to speed up fat loss.  But without strength training, cardio will cause muscle loss and you’ll end up skinny, but still have excess body fat…something you will want to avoid.

Remember fat is also a necessary, vital part of our physical make-up.  It is excess body fat that is the big problem. Having excess body fat, being fat, increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and many other serious diseases.  And perhaps most serious of all, if you can get more serious than a heart attack or a stroke, is that excess body fat is being linked to many more types of cancers than previously known.  Excess fat is bad, bad,very bad!

Hopefully the above will help as you design your Healthy Lifestyle Plan.  After putting your Plan into action and sticking with it, check yourself in a couple of weeks.  You may find that you don’t really need to lose weight after all.

I wish you the very best on your quest for losing your excess fat and for achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Feel Good!  Look Good!  And Be Good!

V/r,

Carolyn

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Obesity and Your Environment: A “Weighty” Subject!

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No one should ever be judged, bullied, or teased about their weight, height, or any other physical characteristic — or for any other reason for that matter! So please let an adult know if that is happening to you or to anyone you know.

But that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to know about the health problems that can be caused by being overweight. Right now, 15% of all children in the United States are overweight. At the rate those numbers are increasing, that will soon include one third of all children. If overweight children then become overweight adults, nearly 50 million Americans could have diabetes by 2050. Now that is a very scary thought!

And there are many other serious health risks that can also be caused by excess weight, such as amputations, blindness, kidney failure, and heart attacks from hypertension (high blood pressure) and high cholesterol levels. Plus, recent studies also tell us that new cases of asthma are 1½ to 2 times more likely among overweight children.

But are YOU overweight?

Typically, you are considered to be overweight if you weigh at least 10 percent more than your ideal body weight. Obesity is defined as being 30 pounds or more over your ideal body weight. But remember, many people think they are overweight when they are not! If 15% of children ARE overweight, then 85% are NOT, and that’s important to remember since not eating enough can also cause serious health problems. So don’t just assume that you weigh too much. If you think you may be overweight, talk to your parents and your doctor to find out what your ideal body weight really is and what you should do to get there.

What can YOU do if you need to lose weight or just want to stay “fit”?

Obesity can be caused by a combination of several things including your genes, environment, and behavior. But there are still steps you can take to reduce the problem…and your waistline! How?

By changing your environment!

The major “environmental” contributors are:

  1. Eating behavior — consuming too many excess calories and unhealthy foods;
  2. Little or no exercise — choosing television, computers, and the telephone instead of active play; and
  3. Our “built” environment — the fact that we now typically ride in cars instead of walking, take elevators instead of the stairs, etc.

So the solution is actually pretty simple. YOU can change your environment and reduce your weight simply by walking an extra mile every day and decreasing your calorie consumption by about five percent! So turn off the television, computer, or video games and have some physical fun instead. Here are some other great ideas to get in shape!

  • Eat lots of fruits and veggies! Tastes change as you grow older, so you might find you like healthy foods that you didn’t like the first time you tried them.
  • Eat fast foods less often. When you do visit a fast food restaurant, try some of the many new healthy choices on the menu.
  • Do NOT skip any meals and be sure to eat a good breakfast every day. Skipping breakfast and other meals can cause you to eat more later or to crave foods that are too high in fat and calories.
  • DO skip the soft drinks and high fat or high calorie snack foods like chips, cookies, and candy. Choose healthy drink and snack foodslink to a non-NIEHS site instead, such as:
    • Milk!link to a non-NIEHS site Milk matters! It is very important for strong bones and healthy teeth;
    • Water (especially when exercising!);
    • 100% fruit juice is good, but to be careful of juices that are not 100% natural juice;
    • Fresh fruit or fruit canned in juice or light syrup, such as mandarin oranges, peaches, or pineapples;
    • Small amounts of dried fruits such as raisins, apple rings, or apricots (but chew carefully – these could be choking hazards!);
    • Fresh vegetables such as baby carrots, cucumber, zucchini, or tomatoes cut and served with low-fat salad dressing for dipping;
    • Reduced fat cheese served with whole-wheat crackers; low-fat yogurt with fruit;
    • A bagel or whole wheat toast spread with a small amount of peanut butter;
    • Graham crackers, animal crackers, or low-fat vanilla wafers;
    • A tortilla spread with low-fat refried beans.

  • GET MOVING — EXERCISE DAILY!
    You need a total of about 60 minutes of physical activity a day, but the good news is that this does NOT have to be done all at one time. Short five or ten minute spurts of fun physical activities throughout the day are just as good for you. Here are some things you might enjoy:

    • Power walking, jogging, or runningpowerwalking160ay7
    • Riding a bikelink to a non-NIEHS site
    • Skating
    • Hiking
    • Bouncing, throwing, and catching a ball
    • Shooting hoops
    • Climbing on a jungle-gym, hills, or stairs
    • Swinging on a swing set
    • Swimming or just playing in a pool (only with supervision of course!)
    • Jumping rope
    • Playing hopscotch, tag, kick-the-can, hide and go seek, etc.
    • Dancing or playing music games, like the Hokey Pokey, Bunny Hop, Ring Around the Rosies, Skip to My Loo, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, or The Walking Song
    • Team sports, like soccer, basketball, hockey, volleyball, and softball or baseball
    • Choosing the stairs instead of escalators or elevators
    • Taking physical education (PE) classes at school, or lessons such as swimming, tennis, or gymnastics
    • Walking to school, the store, friends’ houses, or other places in the neighborhood (if it is safe to do so and with your parents’ permission)

The NIEHS Fitness Fighters!

NIEHS also plans to help you in this effort. We will be developing a children’s television program similar to “Sesame Street” that we call “The Fitness Fighters.” It will give you lots of ideas for staying fit and healthy. So stay tuned as this important project comes to a television near you. But remember – for the most part you should turn off that television and get moving instead!

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This policy is valid from 12 November 2009. I am C. Small, the administrator for this blog. For questions about this blog, please contact cvsmall.small@gmail.com. This blog does not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, since I am an Affiliate of the advertisers in this blog, if you buy something I will get paid, not much but I’m retired and need whatever I can get. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or post made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content. Even though I receive compensation for the advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog may not be my own, but I agree with them. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. This blog does contain content which might present a conflict of interest. This content may not always be identified.