Fat Loss VS Weight Loss: Celebrity Nutritionist Pooja Makhija reveals the difference

In an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla, Celebrity Nutritionist Pooja Makhija revealed what is the difference between fat loss and weight loss. Read on to know more.
Fat Loss VS Weight Loss: Celebrity Nutritionist Pooja Makhija reveals the differenceFat Loss VS Weight Loss: Celebrity Nutritionist Pooja Makhija reveals the difference
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Most people workout hard and follow fad diets; however, they end up losing oodles of weight but still, they are not in better shape and fit. Weight watchers should know that there is a big difference between fat loss and weight loss. In an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla, Celebrity Nutritionist Pooja Makhija revealed what is the difference between the two. Pooja stated, "The body is made up of bone, water, muscle, and fat. Bones and water you can never lose and you should never try to lose. So, we can lose either fat or muscle, but the more the muscle you have, the healthier you are, also, your body has greater metabolism, so one should never lose the muscles."

Fats have detrimental effects on the body

Pooja added, "The only thing which one should lose, which causes harm and has detrimental effects on our body is fats, so weight loss should always be equal to fat loss, however, not many people think of it in that way. Even muscle loss can be counted as weight loss. So, any kind of starvation diet or deprivation diet will lead to muscle loss. When there is a muscle loss, temporary loss while fat loss is a permanent loss. If you lose your muscles you will drop your metabolic rate and you lose on health, stamina, energy, muscle tone, there will be stretch marks, pigmentation, saggy skin and hair loss and several other negative effects."

Celebrity Nutritionist Pooja Makhija

Fat loss vs weight loss in a nutshell

If you follow crash dieting and improper training weight loss, decreased fitness, aging, immunity will tag along, while fat loss, when done correctly with proper nutrition and training, you will witness improved fitness, increases metabolism, performance delayed aging and reduces the risk of several diseases. Also, many do not know 70% of our body is water, so after crash dieting, you may feel you lose weight, however, that could be just water weight and along with the same, you would lose vital muscles too.

How to lose fat?

So, ideally, if you’re overweight, then focus on fat loss and engage in a combination of weight training and cardio exercises. Diet also plays a very big role in fat loss. Ideally one should go for fruits, vegetables, pulses, nuts seeds and dairy products in the daily diet. And, make sure you have home-cooked food and not the street or processed food items. Practice portion control, exercise regularly, low levels of stress and 8 hours of sleep will help you to achieve your weight loss aka fat loss goal.

Bottom line

Weight loss = Muscle loss + Fat loss + Water loss and Fat loss = Lower levels of stored body fat. So, losing weight not necessarily proves that you are fit. Person ABC who has a lower fat percentage with higher muscle mass and weighs 50 KGS will look better and be fitter than XYZ person who lost overall weight and is now 50 KGS. So, your goal should be fat loss and more muscles and not just weight loss. FYI, Ideally, fat storage should be around 10% to 15% for men and 15% to 20% for women. So, make sure you keep your fat percentage in check. 

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