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Nutrition: Weight Loss vs Fat Loss

I never really knew there was a difference between “weight loss” and “fat loss” until I started researching the subject when I began my weight loss journey.

I would always use the scale to “weigh” my progress. What I should have been doing was using a measuring tape📏and/or seeing how my clothes fit. The scale doesn’t tell you if you’ve lost fat, or fat+muscle, and/or gained muscle.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a side by side pic of me at 140lbs. The pic on the left was me with no muscle, and a size 6/8. And the pic on the right was me with muscle, and a size 4! My body fat percentage went down substantially, and my muscle mass went up. Since muscle takes up less space than fat, I was smaller and tighter. The scale never changed. If I had used the scale as my only determining factor of success in my weight loss journey, I would have seen my efforts as a waste of time!

The goal with losing body fat is to preserve as much hard earned muscle as possible while getting rid of just “FAT.” If you know how to eat in the correct percentages (Protein🥩, Carbs🍚 and Fat🥑),while losing weight, you’ll be able to accomplish this no problem with very little muscle loss. Keep in mind, you are still pushing yourselves several days a week with workouts and weights💪🏻.

That’s where knowing your Macro percentages for your goals🏆, lifestyle, diet preference and activity levels 🏃‍♀️comes in. Each person is unique. There is no one size fits all Macros count for everyone. My daughter and I 👩‍👧are similar height and activity level, but we prefer different food selections and she is 22 years younger. If my daughter and I ate the same macros everyday, we would have different results. You have to see how your body handles your set of macros and adjust accordingly.

If you’re interested in getting your Macros percentages to get you started in the right direction, check out my Macros Blueprint in my bio.

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