Is Your Goal Really Weight Loss


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Is Your Goal Really Weight Loss

  1. 1. ==== ====The Diet Industrys Dirty Little Secret Reveled! ====Are you ashamed of your weight? Do you have a goal weight that you want to reach throughweight loss? Id say so, its been pushed into our brains many times over and over again that"weight loss" is what we want to accomplish. There are weight loss guides, weight losssupplements, and many other things that push "weight loss". Many people even set their goals tobe at a certain weight. Additionally, the medical community has developed an "ideal weight" chart,which can further add to the confusion about weight loss.Now, let me ask you a question. Is your goal really weight loss? Unless you are trying to make aweight class for wrestling or some other sport with weight classes, you may think that your goal isweight loss, but it really isnt. You are trying to lose that flubbery stuff attached to your body calledFAT. Correct?So then, why do we measure our progress by how much we weigh? Why do we step on thebathroom scale and hope that those numbers will be lower than before? You see, our weight isaffected by more than just how much fat is on our body. Some other factors include water,muscle, glycogen, and obviously if we have eaten anything earlier or used the bathroom lately.Our water weight fluctuates constantly. For instance, when we exhale water vapor comes out.When we sweat, we are sweating out water. There are also many more factors that can affect theamount of water in our body. Water is what usually causes those random gains or losses of apound or two in weight that can make you happy or sad. It is almost physiologically impossible tolose a pound of fat in one day.One reason the low-carb or no-carb (also called ketogenic) diets are so attractive is because ofthe large initial loss of weight. However, this weight is not necessarily fat. When carbohydratesare restricted the body has a backup store of them located in the liver and muscles in the form ofsomething called glycogen. The human body can store approximately 400 grams of glycogen. Inlarger individuals this number can increase. In addition to this, for each gram of glycogen stored inthe human body, 3 grams of water are also stored. If you figure it out, this would equate to about1600 grams (3.5 pounds) of glycogen and water.When you stop or limit your consumption of carbohydrates, your body starts using its glycogenstores. After a couple of days that 1600 grams (3.5 pounds) of glycogen and water are gone.Also, as an adaptation to the restriction of carbohydrates, your body produces these things calledketones. Ketones also appear to have a diuretic effect, which would mean an even greater loss ofwater.In addition to water, if you have been working out lately to speed along your "weight loss" (youmean fat loss, right?) progress you probably have gained some muscle doing so. This gain in
  2. 2. muscle can also affect the numbers you see on the scale. Muscle is also more dense than fat.You may be wondering how you are going to measure your progress now that the scale doesntmean as much as it used to. Well, there are several methods to measure your body fatpercentage. None of these methods are 100% accurate, but they will be much more useful thanthe use of a scale.One of the simplest ways is to use a caliper. You can usually find these at your local sportinggoods/fitness shop. If you cant find them locally, you can order them off the internet. Calipersmeasure the thickness of a skin fold on your triceps. Then there are directions that come with thecaliper that show you how to use the number you get to derive your body fat %.If you dont want to go out and buy some calipers, there is a body fat % calculator on my website.The calculator uses the circumference of several parts of your body and then plugs them into aformula developed by the U.S. Navy to derive an approximation of your body fat %.You can find this calculator here: are also much more accurate ways to measure your body fat % like buoyancy testing or theuse of special lasers.If you insist on knowing your progress by weight loss and want to use a scale, try to weigh yourselfat the same time everyday. Probably the best time would be right when you wake up in themorning and before you do anything.So, your new goal should be to shoot for fat loss and not weight loss. Dont necessarily trust thescale all the time as it can be deceiving - your weight is affected by more than just how much fatyou have gained or lost. In addition, it is almost physiologically impossible to gain or lose a poundof fat in one day.Nathan Latvaitis runs a website at where you can find evenmore fitness/weight loss articles, product reviews, book reviews, calculators, a message board,and more.Article Source:
  3. 3. ==== ====The Diet Industrys Dirty Little Secret Reveled! ====