Healthy Weight Loss & Burning Fat
Why is fat burning so important? What does it mean to be overweight? Why is it so hard to stay at an ideal weight if it’s ideal for you? These are great questions we all want answered.
I always had a problem with the phrase, “Ideal Weight.” If it’s my ideal weight, why is it so hard to reach it and then even harder to keep it?
Well, let’s take it one step at a time and learn about burning fat to lose weight.
Fat Burning & Muscle
What does it mean to be overweight?
Depending on multiple factors including height, body structure, genetics, and environment there is an ideal weight for you.
In reality, it’s best to think of it as a range of weights where optimal health and wellbeing have the best chance of occurring. Usually the ideal weight range is set a few pounds above and below your ideal weight.
For instance, if your ideal weight is 135 pounds. Then your ideal weight range is 138-132. If you weigh anywhere within this range, your risk of certain diseases is minimal and your life expectancy is at it’s maximum.
If your weight falls outside of this range, then the risk of certain diseases increases, life expectancy drops, and, most importantly, your quality of life decreases.
If you happen to weigh over your ideal weight, it means you have too much fat. Your body loves to store it and save it for energy emergencies. But in this day and age we rarely see energy emergencies and the result is more and more fat stored throughout our bodies.
It is that simple. The hard part is reversing the process. Why is it so hard? Read the answer to the next question…
Why is it so hard to stay at an ideal weight if it’s ideal for you?
There are two reasons it’s so hard to stay at your ideal weight.
- A mis-perception
Most adults think that their ideal weight never changes. Well, it does change. As you age, it is natural to gain weight. Your ideal weight at 30 is significantly lower than your ideal weight at 60.This is known as Age Related Weight Gain, a natural process we all go through.
- A mis-perception
- Too Much Energy
Despite feeling lethargic, which is the case for most adults overweight, you have a large excess amount of energy. This excess energy has to be used in order to return to an age adjusted ideal weight.
One way to use it, is to exercise. Build muscle. Muscle is very active tissue and will help increase your metabolism. With a higher metabolism, you’ll burn some of the excess fat (excess energy) and lose weight.
Fat burning summary:
|Overweight Excess Pounds Excess Fat|
|Healthy Weight Loss Lose Excess Fat Lose Excess Pounds|
We found only ONE book that promotes safe ways of burning fat while emphasizing muscle gain.
It’s called, Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle, and is written by body builders with several years of experience. It is an excellent resource for learning about burning fat, and a healthy weight loss.
Remember…diets that promote fast weight loss are not burning fat. Instead, weight loss comes from losing water and muscle…the two things you need most!