No matter what time of year it is, there’s always a reason to drop a few pounds.
Sometimes, we let ourselves go a little too far and need a big overhaul to the way we eat and live. Other times, we just want to fit into that pair of godforsaken jeans before next month.
However, there are several things to know about weight loss– and our bodies in general– that are critical to understand regardless of your weight loss goals.
By understanding these things, your chances of reaching your goal weight go up and the headaches of wrestling with your body to get it to shed some pesky pounds go down.
Weight loss can change your whole character. That always amazed me: Shedding pounds does change your personality. It changes your philosophy of life because you recognize that you are capable of using your mind to change your body.
– Jean Nidetch
Here are 19 facts you need to know about weight loss.
1. Weight is more than fat (focus on body fat)
First and most importantly, getting that body you want is about more than just weight loss.
In fact, weight is too general of a thing to focus on if you’re really serious about getting fitter because it involves several factors including the amount of muscle in your body and water weight.
Assuming you’re doing some sort of strenght training, muscle is crucial. That’s because muscle is heavier than fat, so by losing fat and gaining an equivalent amount of muscle you’d actually be gaining weight. However, your body would look slimmer and leaner than ever.
Focus on body fat percentage (25-28% for women and 12-15% for men is the general recommendation, but check with your doctor) for a more accurate reading of whether your diet and exercise efforts are working.