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Posted by: Bubu | 2008/01/28

loose weight or fat.

Hi Doc,

whats the difference between loosing weight & loosing fat. how do u combat the two?

thanks in advance.

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HI Bubu

They're often used interchangeably, but have some quite important differences. It's never healthy to have too much fat, and so losing FAT is a good goal to have (up to a point, but we're talking anorexia before this becomes an issue).

But people often say lose WEIGHT when in fact, they mean to lose FAT. The other weight, incidentally, would come from what we call LEAN mass - muscle tissue, mostly. So people who embark on some of these fad diets often end up losing a combination of fat and muscle, but then when they resume normal eating after the diet,they put on the fat again, but not the muscle. They end up worse than before!

So it's quite important that if you're training to lose weight, you combine diet and exercise the right way. Diet must provide enough energy that you don't risk losing muscle, but not so much that you lose fat. Then, your training becomes critical. Because when you combine cardio training and weight training, you lose fat (through your cardio workouts) and you maintain or even gain lean mass through your weight training workout (there is some crossover between them as well).

But the point is, you'll end up seeing your body fat percentage come down, and your lean mass go up. Both are good and help you in the long term to keep the weight off.

Good luck

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