We have repeatedly said that weight tells us nothing. Those changes that occur in a short time, that kilo that comes and goes, is often just water retention, or glycogen stores. We have repeatedly said that the scale does not tell us how much body fat we have.
And losing weight means losing fat. So why do most people continue to weigh themselves desperately? Maybe because seeing a few extra pounds on the scale cannot help us.
But if we lose weight because we have lost muscle mass, we must be nothing but rejoicing. It’s a tragedy! Our basal metabolic rate is lowered: it means that we will burn less and gain more and more.
Do you remember our champion?
About 2 months ago we started a path made public on food4feeding. A retired former athlete has decided to get back in shape!
This was his situation at the end of October. Today, after the holidays, we decided to do a first check. Why have we waited so long? Because in this period its weight has not changed. After a short chat, which revealed that he abandoned the diet a bit due to the holiday season, he told us that he is training regularly 2-3 times a week. We have seen that, although the weight is always the same, he has lost weight! But how is it possible, you say.
Losing weight means losing fat, and not #weight less #
And he lost fat.
We note some important things:
- Current fat mass = 20% (lower than the first time) He lost 4 kg of fat, despite the weight has remained unchanged. This means “lose weight”.
- Increasing lean body mass, his basal metabolic rate has risen, so he now burns more at rest.
- The waist circumference is still the same: you must therefore be more careful to follow the diet!
These are the results we want to see. And you? If you have any doubts about your weight variation, go to a Nutritionist to check your body composition. It is the thing that matters most for those who want to lose weight.