We need to address this issue as unfortunately with today’s society being busier now more than ever before, many are falling into this ‘quick fix’ trap. While looking for a quick fix may seem like the easier option, losing fat takes time, and going on an extreme diet will do your body more harm than good. Yo-yo dieting can harm your body on the inside, and dramatic weight loss in a short space of time could lead you to put it all on again once you come off the diet.
Fad diets enjoy short-term popularity and success. The most common fad diet is the low carb one. Your body stores a lot of carbs in your muscles and liver. It uses a storage form of glucose known as glycogen, which supplies your body with glucose between meals. Stored glycogen in your liver and muscles tends to bind some water. When you cut down a drastic amount of carbs, your glycogen stores go down, and you lose a lot of water weight. Additionally, low carb diets drastically reduce insulin levels, causing your kidneys to shed excess sodium and water. Following a low carb diet leads to a substantial and almost immediate reduction in water weight.
Fatigue, brain fog and poor physical performance are the most common symptoms apart from the long term health risks. Reducing carbs may lead also to reduced performance since carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our body.
When transitioning to a healthy lifestyle the main goal should not be quick results, but excessive fat loss, muscle gain and toning for long term results. This is what makes our clients keep the excessive weight off, together with maintaining a healthy active lifestyle.
Body recomposition is an approach to weight loss that emphasises the importance of not only losing fat but gaining muscle at the same time. Aside from trimming fat, using body recomposition techniques may help you increase strength and boost the number of calories you burn throughout the day.
Typically, people use a scale to gauge their progress when trying to lose weight. If the number on the scale goes down, most people infer success. Instead one should evaluate their body composition. Body composition refers to the amount of fat and fat-free mass (muscle, bone and water) your body contains. That’s because your body fat percentage in relation to your muscle mass better reflects your overall wellbeing than just weight.
The problem with using a ‘weight only scale’ as the only method to track your progress is that most scales don't differentiate between fat loss and muscle loss, which is an important factor in measuring health. Having too much body fat has been linked to a slew of health issues and may increase your risk of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
In contrast, having a healthy ratio of muscle mass to body fat can improve your health while decreasing your risk of the above diseases, together with a fitter body image.
Many ask us how is it possible that I am weighing almost the same but yet my clothes fit loose? The attached images explain this clearly!
If done correctly, body recomposition changes the makeup of your body so that you have less fat and more muscle. Interestingly, favouring body recomposition techniques over other methods of weight loss may result in slower overall weight loss, or no weight loss at all, due to the simultaneous gain in muscle. However, contrary to popular belief, your ratio of muscle to fat is the best indicator of overall health and fitness, not body weight.
Also, increasing your muscle mass boosts your resting metabolic rate (RMR), meaning that you will burn more calories while at rest, and therefore this helps you keep unnecessary weight off.
Don’t fall into the ‘quick fix trap’, you deserve life changing results!
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