Article Contributor: Andrew
Starting a weight loss program is a great idea if you need to lose, or have been advised to lose weight in the UAE by your medical professional.
One topic that arises when discussing losing some weight is whether fat loss or weight is more important (or both) and what the differences are between the two.
Of course there are so many factors to considering when deciding whether it is better to focus on fat loss training or general weight loss, these include:
What exercises are best for both fat loss and weight loss and how are they different
What diet and nutrition changes you need to make
How quickly do you want to lose weight
How to fit your training and diet program into your lifestyle and schedule
This article, which has been created with the help of professional weight loss trainers in Abu Dhabi, helps to clarify what the differences between general weight loss and fat loss are.
If you’re looking for a personal trainer for weight loss in the UAE or simply researching different diets and training methods for weight loss the information available to you can sometimes be overwhelming.
We’re all different, all have different body types and all have different goals when it comes to shedding a few pounds. What works for one personal diet wise might not work for another. But, when you take the subject back to a very basic level it really is just a case of whether you need to lose weight in general or lose some fat.
Perhaps your medical professional has advised that you go on a strict calorie controlled diet or your personal trainer has put you on a nutrition program to reduce fat for aesthetic reasons, becoming more toned and muscular for example.
Whatever your reasons, when you understand the differences between fat loss and weight loss you’ll be better information when it comes to dieting and training methods to suit your goals.
When we talk about weight loss we’re referring to an overall decrease in your body weight which includes losing weight from muscle, water and fat.
General weight loss is usually something you do when you want to lose weight overall for health reasons.
Diet and nutrition of course play a major role in weight loss. You can lose weight by training alone but unless your nutrition choices and calorie intake is carefully monitored your weight loss will be slower.
A word of warning needs to be added here. There are many so called ‘fad diets’ out there that promise amazing results within a short period of time. However, on these diets you will lose weight but because of the nature of them you’re more likely to put the weight back on when you stop the diet. They are often unhealthy too because they restrict your food and beverage intake too much.
Dieting and training with the specific reason of losing fat is often seen as a healthier way to lose weight because through your diet and your training you’ll be losing weight from fat and not so much from muscle.
All fat is not necessarily bad and we do need some fats in our diets and of course our bodies. However, having a targeted program that aims to reduce overall ‘fat’ weight is more healthful because your body needs stronger and toned muscles for everyday tasks. Healthy muscles also contribute to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, good fat levels and also help to control inflammation.
A good personal trainer in the UAE can advise what training methods are aimed at losing fat which maintaining or increasing muscle mass. A good nutrition coach can create a customised diet program that works with your training program to minimise muscle loss.
If you just want to lose weight without concentrating too much on the type of weight you are losing then almost all cardio based exercise routines are an ideal place to start, these include:
The above training methods really help to get the blood pumping and help you burn calories.
You need to remember though that weight loss occurs when you are in a calorie deficit. What this basically means is that you need to burn off more calories than you consume.
All of the above exercise methods will of course also help with fat loss. In fact, many are ideal for burning fat.
However, when training for fat loss, you need to add other training methods to your routines too, these include:
As well as the above training methods you can also follow the advice of a professional PT if you really want to target a specific area for fat loss. For example, the stomach, the legs, the arms etc
Weight loss applies to both fat loss and general weight loss. However, most experts agree that focusing on a fat loss training program is healthier that simply losing weight. There are a few reasons for this but one of the most important to remember is because general weight loss will include fat loss and muscle loss.
Always remember to pay special attention to your diet and nutrition because it is a key elements in any healthy diet plan and can mean the difference between achieving your goals and failure.