5 Things The Diet Industry Has Got Wrong About Losing Weight
While a lot of common myths about losing weight or getting in shape are slowly being debunked, there are still a lot of things the diet and weight loss industry continually get wrong regarding the best, most effective and healthiest way to lose fat, gain shape, health and vitality. The reason for continually remaining in the dark regarding these factors is largely unclear. However, it's almost certainly in part due to the lack of communication between fitness professionals with proper know-how and the scientists, dieticians and medical practitioners working in the diet and weight loss industry. Unfortunately, they seem to prefer doing research in labs and accumulating qualifications, rather than simply asking successful coaches and trainers about what's best. Below are the 5 things that are most commonly mistaken as fact, and therefore distort and prevent real progress in Fat Loss and Health.
1. Weight Loss Means Fat Loss
The wrong terminology in any field can be both damaging and misleading. 'Weight loss' is simply not the same as 'Fat loss.' The body is made up of many different kinds of tissue, and only one of them is body Fat. Depending on what is eaten and in what amounts, weight loss can come from almost any tissue, not just Fat. Some of these tissues are extremely valuable for health, vitality and body shape - like muscle. Losing muscle is like taking logs off a fire on a cold night. It totally defeats the point. Muscle is metabolically expensive tissue - the more one has the higher the potential Fat loss. The trouble with the diet industry is that it almost always ignores the vital differential between body tissues. Water weight loss will also occur in practically every diet, mostly in the beginning stages, and it will influence body weight in different ways long term. Trained muscles for example hold more water, so this will offset body weight changes significantly.
2. The Scale Tells You What You Look Like
Numbers tend to be obsessed over while on a Fat loss journey. Numbers are continually flashed at would-be participants in weight loss programs and conventions; Lose 20lbs in one month, shed x pounds fast, get slim quick - and so on. While stepping on the scale and seeing a favourable number might make someone happy, an unfavourable number might not - regardless of their physical appearance. There's something very wrong about this. More often than not someone who wishes to lose body Fat actually just wants to feel and look good, but instead they outsource that emotion to a number on a scale. It makes no sense. Very occasionally people desire results that only a total body recomposition will provide, which involves losing body fat and gaining muscle. Because of the tissue exchange ratio in favour of muscle, body weight long term may not actually change very much - but the trainee looks and feels like an entirely new person. Once someone looks and feels great, they don't care what the scale says anymore.