Fat vs. Fat-free Mass

Focusing on the right goals

Weight loss is a common goal for many which can be difficult to accomplish. Losing weight and keeping it off can pose a challenge if the focus is not on the right intentions- being able to fit into a smaller jean size just won’t cut it. You need a definitive and strong goal to keep pushing you when things get tough. Try to imagine how you will feel having more energy, a higher level of concentration and motivation when leading a healthier lifestyle.

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Meeting the body's needs

One of the first steps to a successful weight loss journey is understanding how our bodies function, what they need, and how we can make them better. Throughout history, “fat” has gained quite the negative connotation. However, our bodies actually do need a healthy amount of fat to function properly. When considering your entire body composition, men should have around 10-25% body fat while women require around 10-32%. The exact percentage will vary with age.

In addition to fat mass, the human body is comprised of a further type of mass: fat-free mass. Fat-free body mass encompasses everything other than fat, which includes water, bones, and muscles. As we age over 20, the amount of fat-free body mass can begin to deteriorate naturally if we don’t take preventable measure. That’s why it becomes important to take steps to rebuild muscle mass by exercising on a regular basis.

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Exercise is essential

Muscles are a large part of fat-free mass which can be toned with resistance or weight training. Maintaining healthy levels of fat-free mass, especially muscle, keeps your metabolic rate up, helps burn calories, improves strength as well as flexibility.

Exercise increases our metabolism which aids fat loss. The more we exercise, the higher our metabolic rate rises, and therefore more fat is lost. Pairing this with a healthy diet is essential to see the best results given that unhealthy processed food will counteract even the strictest of exercise plans.

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